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Chris Barnett
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South County nonprofits win funding
By Chris Barnett / August 23, 2017
Seven South County nonprofits have won grants through the Rhode Island Foundation’s Community Grants program. The funding will support work ranging from creating performance spaces to keeping senior citizens healthy. “These grants will create places to gather, build relationships and launch new collaborations that will make community connections stronger all over Rhode Island,” said Neil D. Steinberg, president and CEO of the Foundation.

Offering grants to serve the Black community
By Chris Barnett / August 22, 2017
Nonprofits serving Rhode Island’s Black community have until Sept. 15 to apply for nearly $90,000 in grants through the new Black Philanthropy Bannister Fund.

We're offering composers $25,000 to create music
By Chris Barnett / August 11, 2017
Rhode Island composers who dream of having more time to work on their craft have until Sept. 5 to apply for $25,000 fellowships from the Rhode Island Foundation. The grants are considered to be among the largest no-strings-attached awards available to artists in the United States.

Offering nearly $300,000 in grants to improve health care
By Chris Barnett / August 4, 2017
Supporting programs that improve the health of Rhode Islanders is one of our core objectives. Our priority is proposals that will greatly impact the provision of quality and affordable health care services or that will connect individuals with the community health resources necessary for better health outcomes.

Talking philanthropy with our VP of Development
By Chris Barnett / August 3, 2017
“Every day we’re striving to connect generous donors with the causes they are passionate about. The process is fun and inspirational and touches on my values.”

Nonprofits serving Newport County share $270,000 in grants
By Chris Barnett / July 25, 2017
The grants, through the Foundation’s Newport County Fund (NCF), will underwrite a host of activities ranging from job readiness training and after-school activities to preventing relationship violence and stocking food pantries.

Plugging into the community
By Chris Barnett / July 21, 2017
We award a $15,000 Centennial Community Grant to the City of Newport to create the “Plug Park,” a temporary stop for people looking to recharge themselves or their electronic devices.

Grants build community throughout RI
By Chris Barnett / July 14, 2017
Our Community Grants program would not be possible but for the foresight of those who came before us, the donors who generously invest in our state and the nonprofits that transform those resources into action.

July 24 is deadline for nonprofits to apply for our Best Practice Awards
By Chris Barnett / July 10, 2017
Winners will receive a $1,000 grant, a promotional video highlighting their work and tuition waivers for professional development workshops.

Community foundations unite to share advice about philanthropy
By Chris Barnett / June 29, 2017
We are a cross-section of the United States. We represent a range of nonprofits, and every political views from in this country across the political spectrum. We have practical ideas about how to help our neighbors, now and in lasting ways.

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