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Tracking changes to our shoreline
By Connie Grosch / August 24, 2015
The R.I. Coastal Resources Management Council (CRMC) projects that sea level in Rhode Island could rise 3 to 5 feet or more within 100 years – enough to engulf local waterfronts as we know them today.

Supporting Recovery leads to healthy lives
By Yvette Mendez / August 21, 2015
Reducing the stigma associated with substance-use disorders will improve access to supports for those in recovery, and that benefits everyone.

Back to school
By Toby Shepherd / August 20, 2015
It’s hard to believe that Rhode Island’s students begin returning to school in two short weeks. But believe it or not, a new school year is almost upon us – and we at the Rhode Island Foundation could not be more excited for the year ahead.

St. Mary Academy-Bay View Endowment Fund
By Jean Cohoon / August 18, 2015
In 2014, Bay View received its first charitable gift annuity (CGA). The donor, an alumna who now lives in Virginia, shared with Academy officials, “My husband gives CGAs to his alma mater. I want to give a CGA to mine.”

Grants to serve the Black community are available
By Chris Barnett / August 17, 2015
Proposals must serve the African-American community and focus on economic sustainability and the Black family in three specific areas: housing, financial literacy, and job training.

Minority arts and cultural groups can apply for grants
By Chris Barnett / August 14, 2015
We believe in the importance of nourishing the artistic and cultural traditions of communities of color. This is an important part of our strategy to foster diverse participation in the arts.

Nonprofits awarded $17.2 million in first half of 2015
By Chris Barnett / August 11, 2015
We align the dreams of our donors with solutions to the challenges Rhode Island faces. By supporting innovation, collaboration and leadership, we make it possible for nonprofits to achieve the changes that are vital as the state moves forward

Nonprofits can apply for grants to improve health care
By Chris Barnett / August 7, 2015
Supporting work that improves the health of Rhode Islanders is one of our core objectives. We are looking for proposals that will have the greatest impact on the provision of quality and affordable health care services.

Association of Former Legislators honors five students for public service
By Connie Grosch / August 6, 2015
Five members of the Class of 2015 are headed to college with scholarships in recognition of their dedication and contributions to public service.

Bisaccia-Naparstek Charitable Fund
By Jean Cohoon / August 5, 2015
"Philanthropy is a connection to the future. It’s psychologically rich and satisfying,” states Robert Naparstek of the support he and his wife, Lisa Bisaccia, provide to Rhode Island nonprofits.

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