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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.

Strengthening people and organizations
By Jill Pfitzenmayer / November 9, 2016
The Civic Leadership Fund presents Centennial Community Conversations: Strengthening People and Organizations. Seven non-profit leaders tell us how they do it.

Philanthropy inspires us
By Jim Sanzi / July 26, 2016
Last week, we invited five of our partners who are passionate about giving and actively engaged in philanthropy - Linda Fain, Malcolm Farmer III, Alan Harlam, Bhikhaji Maneckji, and Anne Sage - to share their unique stories and experiences.

Celebrating a century of philanthropy
By Chris Barnett / June 14, 2016
We celebrated our Centennial by staging our 2016 annual meeting at the Temple to Music in Roger Williams Park. More than 1,000 community and business leaders, donors, and grant recipients gathered 100 years to the day in 1916 that industrialist Jesse Metcalf established the Foundation with a $10,000 gift. Here are highlights of what CEO and President Neil Steinberg told them.

Centennial Community Conversations: Innovative and proven programs
By Jessica David / April 1, 2016
In 2016, the Rhode Island Foundation celebrates the 100th anniversary of our founding! This year our Civic Leadership Fund Community Conversations series will focus on the capacity, generosity, and innovation of our partners and how they help build our community.

Facilitating cross-sector thinking
By Jessica David / November 10, 2015
The Civic Leadership Fund Cross-sector Community Conversation spotlights the work of our partners and grantees while facilitating cross-sector thinking and dialogue.

Advancing cultural equity in the arts
By Daniel Kertzner / November 2, 2015
Honoring Rhode Island's late U.S. States Senator Claiborne Pell - who was instrumental in the development of the National Endowment for the Arts and National Endowment for the Humanities - the 2015 Pell Lecture challenged us to develop a more equitable arts ecosystem.

Leading for change in urban education systems
By / May 15, 2015
Dr. Andres Alonso, Professor of Practice at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and CEO of Baltimore Public Schools for six years, talks about change in urban education systems at our 2015 Civic Leadership Fund Community Conversation.

Reducing health care disparities in Rhode Island
By / April 8, 2015
We were pleased to host Dr. Chin, a professor of medicine at the University of Chicago and a general internist with experience improving care of vulnerable patients with chronic disease, as part of our Civic Leadership Fund Community Conversations series.

Aligning education and industry for workforce development that works
By Jessica David / February 18, 2015
Texas State Technical College’s public funding is based on the five-year earnings of its graduates. College for America at Southern New Hampshire University offers an online competency-based college education for $2,500/year.

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