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Jenny Pereira
Jenny Pereira
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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

RI's food sector continues to bloom
By Jenny Pereira / August 26, 2016
This is an exciting time in the development of Rhode Island’s food policy and an opportunity to encourage private-public collaborations that can move our food system forward – toward economic growth, improved health outcomes, and a more sustainable future.

Third quarter grants benefit Rhode Islanders from Woonsocket to Westerly
By Jenny Pereira / November 18, 2015
Our grantmaking continued in the third quarter with more than $7 million awarded to organizations serving Rhode Islanders from Woonsocket to Westerly…and all our state’s cities and towns in-between.

A game changer in shellfish management
By Jenny Pereira / October 13, 2015
When it was launched in 2013, the Rhode Island Shellfish Management Plan faced tremendous challenges. There was no existing blueprint to foster the collaboration needed to solve problems through sound science and policy.

Community greenhouse raises hope in Providence
By Jenny Pereira / July 28, 2015
Low-cost leases to the neighborhood farmers using the urban greenhouse will support agricultural business development and link locally grown food with neighborhood schools.

A few changes to how your nonprofit might receive organizational development support from the Foundation
By Jenny Pereira / June 15, 2015
We're making a few shifts in the way we fund “organizational development” or activities to strengthen organizational efficiency and effectiveness.

Our robust grantmaking continues in 2015
By Jenny Pereira / April 30, 2015
After a record-setting 2014, in which we awarded more money in grants than any year in our 99-year-history, we’re continuing our rigorous grantmaking in 2015. In the first quarter, our grants, both Foundation-directed and donor-directed, totaled more than $8 million.

Happy Earth Day
By Jenny Pereira / April 22, 2015
An Earth Day message from our Director of Grants and chief environmental enthusiast.

Planting the seeds for growth
By Jenny Pereira / January 14, 2015
Nonprofits, farmers and fishermen can apply for grants to promote locally grown or harvested food.

$75,000 for short-term energy assistance, investments for long-term energy efficiency
By Jenny Pereira / November 19, 2014
Energy experts say we could see up to a 30% increase in our electric bills. Whether or not the Farmer’s Almanac’s predictions of a harsher winter are correct, we know that higher utility costs will cause vulnerable families additional hardship.

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