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We are proud to be part of the Rhode Island community! Follow our blog for the latest news and occasional commentary about what’s happening at the Foundation and around our great state.

Evaluation guides improvements to new program
By Katie Murray / March 2, 2018
Foster Forward used formative evaluation – led by external researchers – to help refine and improve their youth employment program, Works Wonders.

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.

Assessing the impact of Riverwood's Housing First program
By Katie Murray / January 3, 2018
For more than a decade, Riverwood Mental Health Services has tackled the challenge of ending chronic homelessness through its Housing First Rhode Island program.

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.

Real-time data dashboard at Year Up Providence
By Katie Murray / November 8, 2017
Year Up is closing what they call the “Opportunity Divide” – between the 6 million young adults in the United States who are disconnected from stable career pathways and the 12 million jobs that require post-secondary education and are slated to go unfilled over the next decade.

Grants available to seed medical research
By Chris Barnett / October 2, 2017
We're offering grants of up to $25,000 to launch promising medical research proposals. The funding is intended to help early-career researchers advance their projects to the point where they can compete for large-scale national funding.

Feeding those who need help during difficult times
By Connie Grosch / September 29, 2017
“If anyone doubts that there are households struggling in South County, they should come and visit us because it’s very clear to us that it’s a big problem in our area,” said Kate Brewster, Executive Director of the Jonnycake Center of Peace Dale.

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. 

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