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Helping Rhode Island children find homes
By Chris Barnett / January 23, 2018
Hundreds of children in state care need safe, stable foster homes. That’s why we’re joining with the Annie E. Casey Foundation to support a new initiative that will speed the certification of prospective foster families.

Assessing the impact of Riverwood's Housing First program
By Katie Murray / January 3, 2018
For more than a decade, Riverwood Mental Health Services has tackled the challenge of ending chronic homelessness through its Housing First Rhode Island program.

Addressing alarming increase in  hunger
By Chris Barnett / December 26, 2017
Sparked by a recent report that hunger is at a 10-year high in Rhode Island, the Rhode Island Foundation announced a $100,000 donation to the Rhode Island Community Food Bank and challenged Rhode Islanders to pitch in during this time of extraordinary need.

Showing appreciation for our professional advisors
By Jim Sanzi / December 11, 2017
Over the years, we have had the great pleasure of working with countless professional advisors in Rhode Island who play a critical role in advising clients on charitable giving strategies. Many of those professionals serve on the Foundation’s Professional Advisory Council.

Harvest Kitchen finds a new home
By Chris Barnett / December 1, 2017
The Harvest Kitchen Healthy Corner Store + Cafe is a vibrant, community-building space that brings fresh, local produce to the Pawtucket/Central Falls Health Equity Zone, which is an area that has low access to healthy foods.

Paying a visit to our grantees in the Blackstone River Valley
By Connie Grosch / November 16, 2017
Late last month, our Neil Steinberg spent time with a few of our grantees in the Blackstone River Valley to learn more about their work.

Real-time data dashboard at Year Up Providence
By Katie Murray / November 8, 2017
Year Up is closing what they call the “Opportunity Divide” – between the 6 million young adults in the United States who are disconnected from stable career pathways and the 12 million jobs that require post-secondary education and are slated to go unfilled over the next decade.

The Pawcatuck – a free-flowing river again
By Jenny Pereira / November 2, 2017
“The Pawcatuck River and its tributary streams comprise one of the most pristine river systems in southern New England, and we’re excited to see this stretch run wild for the first time in more than 150 years.” John Torgan, Nature Conservancy RI State Director

Wealth planning in a year of change
By Jim Sanzi / October 20, 2017
Each year, we partner with Washington Trust to present a wealth management roundtable, a panel discussion by experts in the field who talk about important developments in the area of financial planning.

A journey to self-sufficiency
By Connie Grosch / October 13, 2017
Lucy’s Hearth was established in 1984 as a night-to-night shelter for homeless women and children of Aquidneck Island. Over the years, it has morphed into so much more – expanding its focus to help families live independently by gaining the life skills necessary to prevent future homelessness.

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