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Katie Murray named director of evaluation and learning
By Chris Barnett / August 1, 2016 /   Loading Disqus...
Katie Murray has been appointed director of evaluation and learning at the Rhode Island Foundation, where she will oversee the evaluation of the Foundation’s community investments against its strategic priorities.

Most recently, Murray served in dual capacities as data manager with the Center for Early Learning Professionals and director of data and evaluation with Ready to Learn Providence. Previously, she was data and evaluation manager at the Green & Healthy Homes Initiative and project manager for InfoWorks Live at the Providence Plan.

The Providence resident earned a BA in political science at the University of Connecticut and a Master of Community Planning at the University of Rhode Island, where she received a HUD Community Development Fellowship.

Murray joins the Foundation as it marks its 100th anniversary this year. Founded on June 13, 1916, with a $10,000 gift from industrialist Jesse Metcalf, the Foundation’s assets have grown to nearly $800 million. Over the past five years, the Foundation has awarded more than $165 million in grants.

The centerpiece of the Foundation’s Centennial celebration is a $10 million campaign to restore Roger Williams Park. The work will include improvements to the park’s entrances, new signage, expanded walkways and bicycle paths and repairs to the Museum of Natural History, the Bandstand, the Casino and the Temple to Music.

The Foundation has already raised $5.7 million. The support includes $1.5 million from the Foundation itself as well as a $1.15 million gift from The Champlin Foundations to restore the historic Bandstand and Museum. In addition, more than 90 other donors have also contributed to the campaign.

The Rhode Island Foundation is the largest and most comprehensive funder of nonprofit organizations in Rhode Island. In 2015, the Foundation awarded a record $41.5 million in grants to organizations addressing the state’s most pressing issues and needs of diverse communities. Through leadership, fundraising and grantmaking activities, often in partnership with individuals and organizations, the Foundation is helping Rhode Island reach its true potential.
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