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Hon. Justice Victoria Santopietro Lederberg Classical High School Scholarship Fund
By Jean Cohoon / May 23, 2018
Victoria Santopietro Lederberg advanced through careers in higher education, politics, and the courts. From 1993 until her death in 2002 at age 65, she was a Rhode Island Supreme Court Justice.

Bliss, Gross, Horowitz offers grants to Jewish groups
By Chris Barnett / May 21, 2018
Proposals can develop connections between the Jewish community and greater Rhode Island, deepen the understanding of Jewish life and culture through scholarship and historic preservation or provide for basic human needs such as food and housing.

Designing a life that allows you to age well
By Jim Sanzi / May 17, 2018
“There is much about aging that we can’t control. But there is much more that we can.” So says Coventry Edwards-Pitt, a nationally recognized wealth advisor, to one of today’s most pressing issues: how to age well.

Making science come alive
By Chris Barnett / May 16, 2018
Thanks to our Carter Spark Grant, Narragansett Elementary School students just learned a lot about life around Narragansett Bay. Special education teacher Karen Festa used the grant to bring Save the Bay’s living “Bay Classroom Experience” to school.

John & Lillian Clegg Charitable Fund
By Jean Cohoon / May 14, 2018
It’s not uncommon for individuals who serve on nonprofit boards to work with the Foundation to establish funds to benefit the charities they helped lead. But John Clegg’s involvement with the organizations he and his wife are choosing to support runs much deeper.

Working with our partners to improve learning for all students
By Lisa DiMartino / May 11, 2018
Latino children in Rhode Island have the least opportunities and worst outcomes of Latino children in all 50 states. As the state’s leading philanthropic organization, we recognize that equity is at the core of our work and that the facts stated above are unacceptable.

Brightman Hill Fund
By Jean Cohoon / May 9, 2018
In establishing this fund at the Foundation, donor Ed Wood notes how he and his wife Linda now "have the joy of recommending the grants."

Getting in tune with the community
By Chris Barnett / May 8, 2018
Folks who use the Bay Spring Community Center in West Barrington are no longer hampered by a lack of a convenient, dedicated outdoor performance space thanks to a $5,900 from our Community Grants program.

Tori Lyle Fund
By Jean Cohoon / May 4, 2018
“I want to help people better understand mental health issues and support organizations doing good work in this area.” - Tori Lyle

Roger Williams' ideals come to life in scholarship recipients
By Chris Barnett / May 2, 2018
The Rhode Island Foundation is sending seven high school seniors off to college with scholarships honoring Roger Williams, the state’s founding father.The four-year, renewable scholarships are through the Carter Roger Williams Initiative, which was launched last year by philanthropists Letitia and the late John Carter.

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  • Making science come alive Posted last week
    Thanks to our Carter Spark Grant, Narragansett Elementary School students just learned a lot about life around Narragansett Bay. Special education teacher Karen Festa used the grant to bring Save the Bay’s living “Bay Classroom Experience” to school.
  • Roger Williams' ideals come to life in scholarship recipients Posted 3 weeks ago
    The Rhode Island Foundation is sending seven high school seniors off to college with scholarships honoring Roger Williams, the state’s founding father.The four-year, renewable scholarships are through the Carter Roger Williams Initiative, which was launched last year by philanthropists Letitia and the late John Carter.
  • Carter fellowships inspire innovation Posted last month
    The recipients will receive $200,000 over four years to test and implement their proposals to dramatically improve life in Rhode Island thanks to the generosity of philanthropists Letitia and the late John Carter.
  • Grants will improve health of RI'ers Posted last month
    Our RIGHA Foundation Fund awards more than $280,000 in grants to promote primary health care.
  • Introducing moves to fuel growth and expansion Posted 3 months ago
    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.
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