Donors: Let's Do Something Great Together

See an unmet need in your community? Want to support the Rhode Island arts scene, public education, or health and human services? Ready to make a commitment to a cause you care passionately about?

Ready to give more?

In 2016, the Foundation awarded a record $45 million in grants to fund hundreds of programs serving Rhode Islanders throughout the state. Many of those dollars come from designated or donor-advised funds -- funds that allow donors to choose how their dollars are spent.

This video from our 2017 Annual Meeting honors the Frederick B. Wilcox Family, recipient of our Inspiring Partner Award.

It's people like you -- donors and prospective donors -- who make our work possible. Get involved with the Rhode Island Foundation or get more involved. There are so many ways for us to work together. Let's make change happen. 

Our development staff is here to serve you. We can help you plan a fund or contribute to one.


There's so many things we need to do to help our inner city kids achieve their dreams and move their lives forward."

- Paul Choquette

Why Donors Do What They Do

Our donors support a myriad of causes, are inspired by many different things, and all have hopes for Rhode Island. Read their stories. 

The Benefits of Giving

Through the Rhode Island Foundation you can:

  • Create a living memorial
  • Receive grantmaking expertise
  • Discover many ways to give
  • Realize maximum tax benefits
  • Avoid administrative costs

Five primary ways to give

  1. Create a fund
  2. Establish a legacy with a planned gift
  3. Contribute to the Fund for Rhode Island
  4. Give to our Civic Leadership Fund
  5. Support the Campaign for Roger Williams Park

The 1916 Society

We thank our 1916 Society members for their commitment to improving the community. These individuals have named the Foundation in their estate plans or have established deferred gifts.

Give Online

You can contribute online to any of the more than 1,500 funds managed by the Rhode Island Foundation. The Civic Leadership Fund allows us to respond to immediate community needs. The Fund for Rhode Island, our permanent fund, enables us to make grants at our discretion. The Campaign for Roger Williams Park is helping restore and preserve one of Rhode Island's most treasured places. We also have a number of sector-specific funds dedicated to health, education, arts and culture, children and families, the environment, and housing. Search our funds, then give online today.

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2016 was a record year2016 was a record year
Nonprofits throughout the state received a record $45 million in grants from the Foundation and our generous donors in 2016.

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Rhode Island Lawyers Weekly profiles our vice president of development's career from military attorney to litigator at a local law firm to fundraiser. Read the article.

We celebrate and thank the members of our 1916 Society.

Committed to philanthropy

We celebrate and thank the members of our 1916 Society – for their foresight, generosity, and commitment to civic engagement.




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