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More skills, knowledge lead to higher quality jobs
By Jessica David / April 11, 2018
We know that quality jobs – which allow Rhode Islanders to support themselves and their families, prosper, save, and give back to the community – require skills and knowledge beyond the high school level.

School facilities are the foundation for learning
By Lisa DiMartino / March 21, 2018
Through our strategic initiative, Educational Success, we're committed to improving the quality of educational environments and reducing the disparities across districts and between facilities.

Carter Spark Grants bolster classroom innovation
By Chris Barnett / March 12, 2018
Elementary school teachers in 23 cities and towns will share $153,000 in grants from the program launched by philanthropists Letitia and the late John Carter.

Bringing back Gilded Age trees to Newport
By Connie Grosch / February 23, 2018
The Newport Arboretum and the Newport Tree Society partner with Rogers High School students to locate, document, and propagate Newport's most special and endangered trees.

Introducing moves to fuel growth and expansion
By Chris Barnett / February 22, 2018
We are launching a new grantmaking opportunity, refining our strategic priorities, adopting impact targets and adding new staff positions to support work with partners, donors, nonprofits and community leaders.

Setting a course for a career in cybersecurity
By Connie Grosch / February 9, 2018
CyberPatriot is a national program created by the Air Force Association to encourage students to think about STEM careers. The Woonsocket High School and Middle School teams have participated in the National Youth Cyber Defense Competition.

Carter Roger Williams Initiative offers scholarships
By Chris Barnett / February 5, 2018
High school seniors have until Feb. 12 to apply for up to $80,000 each in college scholarships through its Carter Roger Williams Initiative at the Rhode Island Foundation. Conceived of and funded by philanthropists Letitia and the late John Carter, the program honors the principles of the state’s founding father.

Jan. 12 is deadline to apply for Metcalf Fellowships
By Chris Barnett / December 21, 2017
Students can received up to $7,000 to pursue self-designed enrichment projects that include travel. Past recipients have performed at a classical music festival in Rome, done a medical internship in Tanzania and volunteered at a Costa Rican orphanage.

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.

Paying a visit to our grantees in the Blackstone River Valley
By Connie Grosch / November 16, 2017
Late last month, our Neil Steinberg spent time with a few of our grantees in the Blackstone River Valley to learn more about their work.

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