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A dogged dedication to innovative learning
By Lisa DiMartino / April 5, 2017
Lincoln Central Elementary School third-grade teacher Jeff Drolet is using a $994 grant from our Spark Grants program to teach students a lesson about the power of teamwork. Drolet’s “I-Kid-Arod” initiative uses dogsled races to capture his students’ imagination.

Restoring Roger Williams Park
By Chris Barnett / December 8, 2016
We have raised more than $7.8 million to restore Roger Williams Park. Work has already been completed on the historic Bandstand.

Celebrating our new partners in philanthropy
By Jim Sanzi / April 18, 2016
All year, we at the Foundation work toward many objectives for our community, with inspiring philanthropy as one of our most important.

'Tis the season to give back
By Jim Sanzi / December 2, 2015
Our partners in philanthropy come from a variety of backgrounds and bring very different interests to the table, but they all share a deep understanding of the value of giving.

Building the local economy
By Jessica David / November 30, 2015
I spent last Tuesday on a bus with 15 other Rhode Islanders. We visited Ocean State Job Lot in Providence, the Hope & Main food business incubator in Warren, Mission restaurant in Newport, Schartner Farms in Exeter, the shops of Wickford village, and Foolproof Brewing Company in Pawtucket. Our goal was to spread the Buy Local RI message across the state.

Types of Evaluation: Which is right for you?
By Mary-Kim Arnold / November 19, 2015
Because evaluation is so specific to a context, issue, or question, the approach you take to evaluating a particular program or set of activities will vary according to your needs.

Building the board your organization deserves
By Jill Pfitzenmayer / November 12, 2015
The most essential factor for any high performing board is the unanimous decision that this is how the board will operate.

Facilitating cross-sector thinking
By Jessica David / November 10, 2015
The Civic Leadership Fund Cross-sector Community Conversation spotlights the work of our partners and grantees while facilitating cross-sector thinking and dialogue.

Advancing cultural equity in the arts
By Daniel Kertzner / November 2, 2015
Honoring Rhode Island's late U.S. States Senator Claiborne Pell - who was instrumental in the development of the National Endowment for the Arts and National Endowment for the Humanities - the 2015 Pell Lecture challenged us to develop a more equitable arts ecosystem.

The College Crusade: closing gaps in student outcomes
By Toby Shepherd / October 26, 2015
Education grantmaking at the Rhode Island Foundation is focused on closing gaps in student outcomes. And while we’re privileged to invest in many schools and nonprofit organizations that advance this work across our state, few operate at the scale and effectiveness as the College Crusade of Rhode Island.

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