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Larry Mills Scholarship Fund
By Jean Cohoon / March 31, 2015
“Larry used to say, ‘What kind of legacy am I going to leave? If I had all the money in the world, I’d be a philanthropist,’” recalls Sue Mills of her late husband. “He left a tremendous legacy – the friendships and the work ethic,” Sue continues, and now, Larry’s name will forever be connected to philanthropy.

April 16 is deadline to apply for grants to serve LGBTQ communities
By Chris Barnett / March 31, 2015
Since 2004, the Foundation's Equity Action Fund has awarded more than 100 grants totaling more than $650,000.

Terry A. Meyer Fund
By Jean Cohoon / March 30, 2015
A former ski instructor, decent kayaker, and master gardener, Terry Meyer wants to spend her days outside not only for recreation, but also to provide a hands-on approach to her philanthropy.

Brian and Kathy MacLean Fund
By Jean Cohoon / March 27, 2015
For more than 30 years, Brian and Kathy MacLean have immersed themselves in their local, central Connecticut community. After visiting Rhode Island for many years where they have a second home, The MacLeans want to focus more of their philanthropy toward Rhode Island. (Photo: Stacey Coleman)

Supporting smart approaches to education
By Connie Grosch / March 26, 2015
Schools with high concentrations of low-income, urban students often have less successful educational outcomes. We are committed to changing that.

13 selected for leadership development program
By Chris Barnett / March 26, 2015
The goal of the 18-month Fellows program is to energize mid-career executives in the state’s nonprofit sector.

Dan Levinson RI Fund
By Jean Cohoon / March 26, 2015
“This is a real place with real people. You have to go somewhere else to see all that Providence has to offer. I especially like the entrepreneurial air here,” says Dan Levinson.

Kathryn Johnson Fund and Kathryn Johnson Jazz Scholarship Fund
By Jean Cohoon / March 25, 2015
The late Kathryn Johnson, an independent artist, knew from a very early age what she wanted to do in life: “When I was six years old, I said without hesitation, I wanted to go to Rhode Island School of Design.”

Holocaust Education & Resource Center of Rhode Island H. Alan and Ellie Frank Fund
By Jean Cohoon / March 24, 2015
"I want to leave the Center better than I found it, and I think one of my best options for doing that is through the Rhode Island Foundation,” states Executive Director May-Ronny Zeidman.

Alice M. Harkin Nursing Scholarship Fund
By Jean Cohoon / March 23, 2015
“Education was huge to her. That was her mantra: education is everything. She always said that all of her kids were going to college,” Kathy MacLean recalls of her mother, the late Alice Harkin.

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