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Centennial Community Conversations: Innovative and proven programs
By Jessica David / April 1, 2016 /   Loading Disqus...

In 2016, the Rhode Island Foundation celebrates the 100th anniversary of our founding! We are proud to be Rhode Island’s community foundation and grateful to those who make our work possible. This year our Civic Leadership Fund Community Conversations series will focus on the capacity, generosity, and innovation of our partners and how they help build our community.

Last week we held our first convening at the New England Institute of Technology to spotlight innovative and proven programs that the Foundation has invested in over our history. Over 80 community leaders heard from six nonprofit leaders on proven programs that are making a difference in Rhode Island.

Laura Adams, president & CEO of the Rhode Island Quality Institute, explained the impact her organization has had on streamlining information sharing between health care providers in Rhode Island. 


Daniel Schleifer, executive director of New Urban Arts, explained the void their organization fills in providing Providence’s youth with an artistic outlet in their after school programs. 


Christine Alves, director of The Learning Community’s Teaching Studio, presented the mechanisms the public charter school is using to spread their innovative methods in closing the achievement gap to public school teachers in districts throughout Rhode Island. 


Leo Pollock, network director of the Rhode Island Food Policy Council, discussed the ways in which they are using data from all 39 cities and towns to drive the conversation around our local food system to improve access, quality, and growth among local consumers and producers. 


Lorén Spears, executive director of the Tomaquag Museum, explained the significant organizational growth the Museum has experienced as Rhode Island’s only museum entirely dedicated to telling the story of our state’s indigenous peoples.


Cathy Doyle, executive director of Year Up Providence, talked about the success they have seen closing the opportunity gap in Rhode Island for our most vulnerable young adults. 


Thank you to all our presenters and the work that you do to make our community stronger. Stay tuned for more information on our upcoming Centennial Community Conversations featuring Rhode Island philanthropists and grantees.


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