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Belmont Chapel Preservation Endowment Fund
By Jean Cohoon / February 27, 2015
The August Belmont Memorial Chapel has commanded a dominant presence at the Island Cemetery in Newport since its construction in 1886.

Friends of Beechwood/North Kingstown Endowment Fund
By Jean Cohoon / February 26, 2015
The North Kingstown Senior Association (dba Friends of Beechwood) is “dedicated to enhancing the social, recreational, and educational opportunities for all North Kingstown seniors.”

2015 Nonprofit Best Practice Awards- Now accepting nominations!
By Jill Pfitzenmayer / February 25, 2015
The Initiative for Nonprofit Excellence (INE) best practice award program honors the passion and impact of five Rhode Island nonprofit organizations. Each award includes an unrestricted grant of $1,000 and a tuition waiver for up to two board/staff members in any INE program for up to a year after the award.

Edward F. Almon Fund
By Jean Cohoon / February 25, 2015
From his years in semi-pro baseball, to decades of coaching Little League and Babe Ruth, to cheering on his children – and later grandchildren – Edward F. “Ted” Almon was a sports enthusiast.

R&D to the marketplace at Tinker|Bristol
By Jessica David / February 24, 2015
Located in Bristol’s historic manufacturing district, Tinker|Bristol will serve manufacturers, entrepreneurs, businesses, hobbyists and makers of all stripes, offering affordable access to shared space, rapid prototyping equipment, tools, 3-D printers and technologies.

AIA Rhode Island Scholarship Fund and AIA Rhode Island / DF Pray Scholarship Fund
By Jean Cohoon / February 24, 2015
The AIA Rhode Island Architectural Forum, the charitable arm of AIA Rhode Island (a chapter of the American Institute of Architects), was established to support educational programs within the architectural community. The Forum provides this support primarily through scholarships.

Mark G. Adrain Memorial Scholarship Fund
By Jean Cohoon / February 23, 2015
“Mark was a great guy, very loving, and very much into family,” says Alyn Adrain of her late brother who died in 1990 from viral myocarditis, an inflammation of the heart. He was 35.

Ann-Marie Harrington and Howard G. Sutton named to Rhode Island Foundation’s Board of Directors
By Chris Barnett / February 23, 2015
Ann-Marie Harrington and Howard G. Sutton have been named to the Board of Directors of the Rhode Island Foundation.

Nonprofits receive a record $34.8 million in grants last year
By Chris Barnett / February 19, 2015
More than 1,400 nonprofits organizations shared $34.8 million in grants in 2014, the most in the Foundation's 98-year history.

Aligning education and industry for workforce development that works
By Jessica David / February 18, 2015
Texas State Technical College’s public funding is based on the five-year earnings of its graduates. College for America at Southern New Hampshire University offers an online competency-based college education for $2,500/year.

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