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Heritage Harbor Foundation Fund
By Jean Cohoon / February 29, 2016
This fund will allow Heritage Harbor to offer a grant program “devoted to increasing the history literacy of the Rhode Island public, both school age and adult.”

Gilbert Charitable Fund
By Jean Cohoon / February 26, 2016
“There’s a pleasure and joy in helping others,” exclaims Charles Gilbert. By that measure, Charles and his wife, Charlotte, have had a pleasurable and joy‐filled life.

Helping educators improve their craft
By / February 24, 2016
This blog post is the first in a series designed to explore and unpack each of these strategies further. And while we’ll explore the first two further in future posts, I am taking the liberty of going out of order to start with our third strategy first: professional development.

Arthur and Martha Milot Fund for Community Preparatory School
By Jean Cohoon / February 23, 2016
“Education is one of the most important things we can support. A good education is the root of a successful life,” states Martha Milot.

Ralph, Letty and Anthony Raponi Fund
By Jean Cohoon / February 19, 2016
This fund, which forever will support Meals on Wheels of Rhode Island, is the fourth permanent endowment the Raponis have established at the Foundation.

Nancy Band Ehrlich Fund for the Arts
By Jean Cohoon / February 17, 2016
“When we moved to Rhode Island, Nancy wanted to insure that we were part of the scene,” recalls Dr. Michael Ehrlich, of his late wife who quickly became involved in the community.

Celebrating record grantmaking in 2015
By Chris Barnett / February 16, 2016
We are indebted to our committed donors for joining with us for 100 years to address on the state’s challenges and opportunities. Their extraordinary generosity made it possible for us to make investments in Rhode Island as never before.

Lila K. Mullins Fund
By Jean Cohoon / February 12, 2016
"She loved teaching and her students. She got kids excited about learning,” says Frank Mullins of his late wife who taught in Providence’s elementary schools for 25 years.

Almon and Suzanne Hall Family Fund
By Jean Cohoon / February 10, 2016
Al and Suzanne Hall both grew up in families where helping others and giving back to community was a way of life. And it’s a practice they’ve continued through dozens of nonprofit organizations. (Photo courtesy of Constance Brown)

Working with an idea and ambition
By Jessica David / February 10, 2016
Since it opened its Rhode Island office in 2000, the Center for Women and Enterprise has worked to level the playing field by creating custom educational programs, counseling, and paths to funding for Rhode Island women who have an idea and the ambition to become entrepreneurs.

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