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Preserving Pawtucket Fund
By Jean Cohoon / February 20, 2018
"We want people to learn about Pawtucket and to identify with its distinctive history. When you learn what something is, you understand its value, and why it should be preserved. - Barbara Zdravesky, president, Preservation Society of Pawtucket

Grants fund programs for Latino community
By Chris Barnett / February 15, 2018
Eleven nonprofit organizations that serve the Latino community will receive grants through our Juanita Sánchez Community Fund. The programs range from mentoring and after-school activities to ESL classes and scholarships.

Three RI composers win $25,000 fellowships
By Chris Barnett / February 13, 2018
Jeff Prystowsky, Jacob Richman and Kirsten Volness will receive $25,000 grants from our Robert and Margaret MacColl Johnson Fellowship Fund. They are considered to be among the largest no-strings-attached grants available to composers in the United States.

Rhode Island Free Clinic Endowment
By Jean Cohoon / February 12, 2018
“The need for quality healthcare in our community is ever present. No matter what happens in the healthcare landscape, the Clinic will be here to catch those who fall through the cracks." - Marie Ghazal, CEO

Setting a course for a career in cybersecurity
By Connie Grosch / February 9, 2018
CyberPatriot is a national program created by the Air Force Association to encourage students to think about STEM careers. The Woonsocket High School and Middle School teams have participated in the National Youth Cyber Defense Competition.

Patricia A. Biasuzzi and John M. Biasuzzi Scholarship Fund
By Jean Cohoon / February 7, 2018
“The opportunity for a good education can help to change the future for a young person. It may then also help to change the future for all of us." - Patricia and John Biasuzzi

Carter Roger Williams Initiative offers scholarships
By Chris Barnett / February 5, 2018
High school seniors have until Feb. 12 to apply for up to $80,000 each in college scholarships through its Carter Roger Williams Initiative at the Rhode Island Foundation. Conceived of and funded by philanthropists Letitia and the late John Carter, the program honors the principles of the state’s founding father.

Rose M. Calandrelli Scholarship Fund
By Jean Cohoon / February 2, 2018
“She had an excellent reputation. She truly loved teaching, and she loved Classical," Anthony Calandrelli says of his mother's 21-year career at Classical High School.

Black Philanthropy Bannister Fund empowers RI's Black community
By Chris Barnett / January 31, 2018
To mark Black History Month, our Black Philanthropy Bannister Fund awards more than $130,000 in grants and scholarships to empower the community.

Barrington District Nursing Association Fund offers grants
By Chris Barnett / January 31, 2018
Nonprofits that provide health care, counseling or basic human needs such as food or shelter to Barrington residents have until Feb. 9 to apply for grants.

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