Centennial Gift: A $10 Million Campaign to Restore and Preserve Roger Williams Park
In honor of our centennial, we are leading a $10 million campaign to preserve and enhance one of Rhode Island’s most treasured spaces, Roger Williams Park.
Comprised of over 435 beautiful acres, offering a range of recreational and educational opportunities, representing Rhode Island's rich history and the diversity of our people, the People's Park has attracted generation after generation of Rhode Islanders for over 100 years. There is great opportunity at Roger Williams Park to expand programming, improve infrastructure, and steward the Park for generations to come.
Learn more about the park and the campaign
Centennial Community Grants Program
We are celebrating our Centennial by funding projects that will bring life to Rhode Island's remarkable communities. We have awarded $500,000 in grants to fund community-building activities in every city and town.
Grants up to $15,000 were granted to nonprofit organizations, municipal governments, and community agencies to fund efforts that will build bikes lanes, design walking tours, plant community gardens, install historical markers and monuments, and more. All the work that is being funded is expected to be completed before the end of the year.
Check out the map to learn more about individual projects in your community.
We are so pleased to introduce Community Contributions, a new series of guest posts by Rhode Island leaders, thinkers, and doers responding to this prompt: This is what's next
Two beliefs generated this series:
The best conversations are sparked when people connect on the level of ideas and values. Every day, we meet smart, courageous Rhode Islanders who share a deep commitment to our community, made manifest in thousands of different ways that are inspiring and important.
- The Foundation’s centennial commemoration is as much – perhaps even more so – about looking forward as it is about celebrating the past. With you, we are eager to shape our next century and Rhode Island’s.
Guest bloggers were asked to reflect on their personal and professional experience, perspective, and aspirations for what challenges are, could be, or must be next for our community. They may direct their remarks toward Rhode Island, a specific issue area or community, or the Foundation.
If this series provokes a new idea or connection for you, we’ll consider it a success! Please join the conversation on social media using #RIF100.
James M. Ludes, Ph.D., Vice President for Public Research and Initiatives;
Executive Director, Pell Center for International Relations and Public Policy, Salve Regina University
eadership today—and ever more so in the future—requires a commitment to service, a recognition that people depend on you for things big and small, and a willingness to see yourself in the lives of others..." View
C. Morgan Grefe, Ph.D., Executive Director, Rhode Island Historical Society
o me, what’s next might be realizing that some of the things we perceive as crises are actually symptoms, and that the true challenge in front of us is the identification of the real problems and the causes of those...Problem-solving skills must be next." View
Marta V. Martinez, Executive Director, Rhode Island Latino Arts;
founding member and current chair, Juanita Sánchez Community Fund
hat’s next for Rhode Island’s Latino stakeholders and mentors is to acknowledge and support our youth by taking on this task: Education. Leadership Training. Empowerment. A Growing Economy. A Bright Future." View
A. T. Wall, Director, RI Department of Corrections
n response to the theme Now What? that the Foundation has set for these posts, I would say...Improving access to health care, developing essential educational opportunities, and generating meaningful jobs for all Rhode Islanders all help create the pathway to a productive and law-abiding life." View