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By Jean Cohoon / April 15, 2015
“He was a spiritual leader in the spiritual community,” Dr. Irving Schneider says of his father, the late Cantor Morris Schneider who served as cantor at Congregation Adas Israel in Fall River for more than 50 years.

Marissa Salabert Memorial Scholarship Fund
By Jean Cohoon / April 14, 2015
“We want to do something meaningful in her memory. I feel good…we’re celebrating her life,” says Maria Salabert of this scholarship fund established in memory of her daughter, Marissa, who died in 2007 at age 19.

Rhode Island National Guard Living Memorial Care and Maintenance Fund
By Jean Cohoon / April 13, 2015
Along the tree-lined Memorial Boulevard of the Rhode Island Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Exeter stands the only memorial to the National Guard of Rhode Island.

Fund of the Providence Shelter for Colored Children
By Jean Cohoon / April 10, 2015
For more than 100 years, the Providence Shelter for Colored Children provided a safe haven for Black children.

Preserve Rhode Island Endowment Fund
By Jean Cohoon / April 9, 2015
“We want to keep our special, unique historic structures and our special places that form the character of our communities and contribute so much to the quality of life in Rhode Island,” states Valerie Talmage, executive director of Preserve Rhode Island.

Pennfield School Endowment Fund
By Jean Cohoon / April 8, 2015
“The school is small enough that everybody knows everybody. Teachers know their students really well, and we have the ability to have conversations and make connections with our kids.” - Rob Kelley, Head of School

Jewel R. Paley Fund
By Jean Cohoon / April 7, 2015
The late Jewel Paley’s love of Rhode Island and her belief in the value of a good education are the reason she established this fund, which forever will support education for Rhode Island youth.

By Jean Cohoon / April 6, 2015
Well-known for her love of music and the theatre, Emily Nicholson also exemplified a true philanthropist. Six years before her death, she established an unrestricted fund at the Foundation and later made arrangements through her estate plan both to supplement the unrestricted fund and to create a new fund at the Foundation.

Murphy Family Fund
By Jean Cohoon / April 3, 2015
“The Foundation provides a very efficient way to handle your philanthropic giving,” believes Raymond F. Murphy, Jr., CPA, a principal with BlumShapiro, who established this donor advised fund.

Brian Moretti Scholarship Fund
By Jean Cohoon / April 2, 2015
“Brian had hundreds of friends, really close friends. In a professional way, he got people on his team and, in a personal way, he was everyone’s best friend,” Michael Moretti says of his late brother, a 2005 graduate and hockey standout at Cranston High School West who died in March 2014 from a cardiomyopathy at age 26.

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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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