Lead, Transform, Inspire

Founded in 1916, the Rhode Island Foundation is one of the nations oldest and largest community foundations. We are Rhode Island's only community foundation and the largest funder of Rhode Island's non-profit sector.

Jesse H. Metcalf
Jesse H. Metcalf

Over almost a century, the original $10,000 gift from Jesse H. Metcalf has grown to more than $780 million dollars in assets that is dedicated to addressing the needs of our community. In 2013, the Foundation made grants of more than $31 million to organizations addressing the state's most pressing issues and needs of diverse communities.

Our Mission

The Rhode Island Foundation is a proactive community and philanthropic leader dedicated to meeting the needs of the people of Rhode Island.

To advance our mission we work with many partners to:

  • Actively inspire philanthropy and increase permanent resources for the state of Rhode Island
  • Invest in important community programs through grants
  • Provide leadership and a forum for dialogue on critical community issues


LocationOne Union Station
Providence, RI 02903


(401) 274-4564

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