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Promotions enhance ability to serve RI
By Chris Barnett / July 23, 2015 /   Loading Disqus...

The Rhode Island Foundation has announced two promotions that will enhance its capacity to work in partnership with donors and grantees to meet the needs of the people of Rhode Island.

Jessica David  of Providence was promoted to senior vice president of strategy and community investments. David, who joined the Foundation in 2006, oversees strategy, communications, evaluation and learning, grant programs and economic security sector. She earned a B.A. at The American University and an MBA at Bryant University.

Frank Cerilli of Cranston was promoted to director of human resources. Cerilli, who joined the Foundation in 2011, is responsible for human resources policies and compliance as well as payroll, compensation, benefits and staff development and training. He earned a B.A. in Psychology at the University of Rhode Island and an M.A. in counselor education at Rhode Island College.

“Frank has helped build our workforce and Jessica has demonstrated real leadership internally and externally to meet our mission. They will help us leverage our resources to do even more to move Rhode Island forward,” said Neil Steinberg, the Foundation’s president and CEO.

Last year, the Foundation awarded a record $34.8 million in grants to more than 1,400 nonprofit organizations. Much of the Foundation’s support came in the form of discretionary grants, which are awarded by the Foundation’s staff and directors. In addition, the Foundation’s competitive Strategy Grant Program targets seven key sectors: arts and culture, children and families, education, economic security, environment, health and housing. Through these grants, the Foundation invests in organizations and programs that strive for long-term solutions to significant community issues.

The Foundation raised $33.7 million in new gifts from individual, organizational and corporate donors last year. At the end of 2014, total assets stood at more than $800 million.

In addition to grantmaking and fundraising, community leadership is central to the Foundation’s activities and business. In 2014, the Foundation raised a record $308,843 in the third year of its annual Civic Leadership Fund, which enables the Foundation to go beyond traditional grantmaking to provide leadership and a forum for dialogue on critical community issues. Among CLF’s ongoing projects are the Make It Happen economic development initiative, an ongoing Community Conversations series and the “It’s All In Our Backyard” campaign.

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