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Sojourner House Endowment Fund
By Jean Cohoon / November 20, 2015
“We believe that no one deserves violence in a relationship,” are the bold words on the website of Sojourner House, an organization dedicated to helping victims of domestic violence and their children.

Herbert S. Galkin Memorial Scholarship Fund
By Jean Cohoon / November 13, 2015
When David and Harris Galkin and Paula Wasser think of their father, three things come to mind: his love of family, his dedication to work, and his passion for boating.

John and Sheila Martin Professional Development Fund
By Jean Cohoon / November 10, 2015
“Teaching character and giving students a sense of a moral compass was important to him,” Norman “Sandy” McCulloch says of John Martin, who served as headmaster at St. Andrew’s School in Barrington from 1996 until 2015. (Photo courtesy East Bay Newspapers)

Bristol Warren Education Foundation Endowment
By Jean Cohoon / November 5, 2015
Since it was founded in 2007, the Bristol Warren Education Foundation (BWEF) has awarded nearly $300,000 for innovative, high-quality programs that have benefitted students at every school in the district.

Kiekhofer-Dickey Endowment Fund for the Friends of the Brownell Library
By Jean Cohoon / November 3, 2015
John Dickey, a library patron and Little Compton summer resident, gave the Friends the gift to create this endowment in his name and that of his wife, Emilie (Kiekhofer) Dickey.

Thomas J. Murray Memorial Fund
By Jean Cohoon / October 29, 2015
“Everybody loved Tommy. He was very charming, had a lot of friends, and had the most beautiful blue eyes you’ve ever seen,” Kim (Murray) Butler recalls of her brother, who passed away in December 2014 at age 42.

Natalie B. Kampen Fund of the Kingston Chamber Music Festival
By Jean Cohoon / October 20, 2015
A generous bequest from former University of Rhode Island professor Natalie Kampen is allowing Festival organizers to have big plans.

By Jean Cohoon / October 16, 2015
“Ruby’s goal for the fund was for student education and Jewish education. This fulfills his intent as the Holocaust through the Arts Program reaches thousands of students and educators." - May-Ronny Zeidman

Audubon Society of Rhode Island Endowment Fund
By Jean Cohoon / October 14, 2015
“Audubon’s mission has always been about protecting birds, other wildlife, and their habitats,” explains Larry Taft, executive director of the Audubon Society of Rhode Island.

Paul A. Berchielli Memorial Fund
By Jean Cohoon / October 8, 2015
“He fell in love with the ocean. He was always interested in the weather, the surf, and the ocean," recalls Janice Berchielli Tunney of her late brother, Paul.

Featured Post

  • 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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