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A taxing time on tap for philanthropy
By Chris Barnett / December 13, 2017
We're joining with U.S. Senator Jack Reed and the United Way of Rhode Island to warn that the federal tax bills could negatively impact the ability of local nonprofits to provide needed services like food assistance, health care, job training, and support for education and research.

A holiday tradition of generousity
By Chris Barnett / December 6, 2017
Our Providence Journal Holiday Fund is once again accepting donations to help children and teenagers in need this holiday season.

Nonprofits serving LGBTQ communities receive nearly $60,000 in grants
By Chris Barnett / December 4, 2017
“These organizations work to ensure the health, safety and fair treatment of all LGBTQ Rhode Islanders,” said Adrian Bonéy, who oversees Equity Action at the Foundation.

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.

Animal welfare groups receive $470,000
By Chris Barnett / November 20, 2017
We award more than $470,000 in grants to fund animal welfare programs across the state ranging from low-cost spay and neuter programs and humane education to seal rescues and coyote education.

Inaugural Murray Family Prize for Community Enrichment awarded to Rob DeBlois, principal and founder of UCAP
By Chris Barnett / November 13, 2017
The inaugural Murray Family Prize for Community Enrichment at the Rhode Island Foundation was awarded to Rob DeBlois, principal of the Urban Collaborative Accelerated Program.

Investing for social and financial impact
By Chris Barnett / October 30, 2017
Our new Impact Investing initiative aims to invest up to 5 percent of our endowment, beyond traditional grantmaking efforts, in Rhode Island-based efforts that generate measurable social impact and a financial return.

A life-changing summer
By Chris Barnett / October 23, 2017
Our Metcalf Fellowship enables Rhode Island College nursing major Jena Lerch to provide care to rural villages in Belize.

Carter Fellowships support bold ideas
By Chris Barnett / October 19, 2017
Designed to stimulate solutions to Rhode Island challenges, the initiative is made possible through the foresight and generosity of philanthropists Letitia and John Carter.

Rhode Island Foundation honors five nonprofits with 2017 Best Practice Awards
By Chris Barnett / October 5, 2017
“These recipients emerged from a highly competitive process and an impressive group of nominees,” said Jill Pfitzenmayer, vice president of the Foundation’s Initiative for Nonprofit Excellence.

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