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Jessica David
Jessica David
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TEDxProvidence: a gift to our community
By Jessica David / October 4, 2017
2017 marked the sixth year of TEDxProvidence, and it was the best yet. I knew we had amazing people here in Rhode Island, but the speakers at this past Saturday’s event once again blew me away.

Supporting DACA renewals for Rhode Island Dreamers
By Jessica David / September 19, 2017
We’ve joined with generous donors to secure more than $170,000 in private philanthropic support to cover DACA renewal fees for those young Rhode Island Dreamers whose Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status will expire in the next six months. 

Working Cities Challenge winners get to work
By Jessica David / May 23, 2017
Congratulations to the communities of Cranston, Newport, and Providence, winners of the Working Cities Challenge Rhode Island competition!

Community building
By Jessica David / March 31, 2017
We make a $150,000 investment to be shared by three community organizations that 30 years ago began working together to provide immigration and citizenship services to foreign-born Rhode Islanders.

Join in for the Buy Local RI Shop Hop
By Jessica David / November 22, 2016
Join us November 22 - December 2 for the Buy Local RI Shop Hop, featuring just a few of Rhode Island’s fine retailers, eateries, and business districts.

Working on solutions to the skills gap
By Jessica David / October 31, 2016
The Genesis Center will use our grant to increase education and training services that provide a 'bridge' to help unemployed and underemployed Rhode Islanders overcome the skills gap.

New ways to tackle big challenges
By Jessica David / September 7, 2016
Twenty Rhode Islanders from across the public, nonprofit, and private sectors recently participated in the Rhode Island Foundation-sponsored RISD Institute for Design and Public Policy to learn new ways to tackle big challenges.

Drawing strength from community
By Jessica David / June 17, 2016
We mourn the victims of the recent mass shooting in Orlando and offer our love, support, and hopes for healing to all those affected and for Orlando’s LGBTQ community.

Improving workforce development
By Jessica David / June 7, 2016
Jobs are the foundation. Good jobs are central to a strong economy, equitable and prosperous communities, and family security. Every Rhode Islander deserves the opportunity for meaningful employment. And employers need a capable workforce to succeed.

Building public policy by design
By Jessica David / May 11, 2016
Our Centennial celebration is all about building community. So, we’re collaborating with the Rhode Island School of Design to develop local problem-solving capacity. RISD’s Institute for Design + Public Policy is offering a special session in August just for Rhode Islanders.

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