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Staying healthy in a new homeland
By Connie Grosch / June 25, 2015
The Center for Southeast Asians was founded in 1987 “to promote the prosperity, heritage and leadership of Southeast Asians in Rhode Island.” We help them promote healthy lives through education, outreach, and enrollment in health insurance under the Affordable Care Act.

Survey of nonprofit leaders says...
By Jill Pfitzenmayer / June 18, 2015
Nearly 100 Ocean State nonprofit leaders talk about their challenges and what is needed to keep their organizations healthy and sustainable.

A few changes to how your nonprofit might receive organizational development support from the Foundation
By Jenny Pereira / June 15, 2015
We're making a few shifts in the way we fund “organizational development” or activities to strengthen organizational efficiency and effectiveness.

North Smithfield residents to benefit from grants
By Chris Barnett / June 11, 2015
Our help will underwrite a variety of services including expanding health care programs and sending needy youngsters to summer camp.

$50,000 available to Jewish groups
By Chris Barnett / June 9, 2015
Proposals must develop connections between the Jewish community and greater Rhode Island, deepen the understanding of Jewish life and culture through scholarship and historic preservation, or provide for basic human needs such as food and housing.

Robinson–Kenney Fund
By Jean Cohoon / June 8, 2015
For 36 years, Frederick S. Kenney and James A. Robinson worked together at Bostitch, first in Pawcatuck, CT, and later in East Greenwich. "He was a great guy," Fred told the Foundation in a 2005 interview, adding, "We liked to go fishing together, and we became very close."

$250,000 awarded to improve health care
By Chris Barnett / June 5, 2015
Supporting the development of a comprehensive primary care system that promotes healthy lives is a core strategic initiative for us. These grants will further our ongoing efforts to make quality health care more accessible and affordable across the state.

Metcalf Fellowships enable students to pursue their dreams
By Chris Barnett / June 3, 2015
Seven college students from Rhode Island will spend the summer traveling and learning thanks to more than $25,000 in fellowships.

Research to inform economic policy and action
By Jessica David / June 1, 2015
On Thursday, June 4, the College & University Research Collaborative is presenting its latest round of research for 2015, focusing on business friendliness, energy sustainability, and innovation.

Celebrating a year of making connections
By Chris Barnett / June 1, 2015
Hundreds of business leaders, donors, grant recipients and community leaders gathered at the Rhode Island Convention Center for our 2015 Annual Meeting. Here are highlights of what CEO and President Neil Steinberg told them.

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