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Mark G. Adrain Memorial Scholarship Fund
By Jean Cohoon / February 23, 2015
“Mark was a great guy, very loving, and very much into family,” says Alyn Adrain of her late brother who died in 1990 from viral myocarditis, an inflammation of the heart. He was 35.

Patty and Melvin Alperin First Generation Scholarship Fund
By Connie Grosch / January 5, 2015
Patty and Melvin Alperin First Generation Scholarship Fund at the Rhode Island Foundation

Five Questions with Herman H. Rose
By Jean Cohoon / September 16, 2014
Herman Rose established the first of three funds at the Foundation in 1985 and has been a thoughtful and involved partner throughout the nearly three decades he has worked with the Foundation.

Proceeds of book highlighting Latino history in Rhode Island to benefit the Juanita Sánchez Community Fund
By Inés Merchán / September 2, 2014
Marta V. Martínez, Executive Director of Rhode Island Latino Arts, recently published a book of stories she collected over the past 20 years for the Latino Oral History Project of RI.

Five Questions with Dan Sullivan
By Jean Cohoon / June 16, 2014
Dan Sullivan and his wife, Kathy, established a donor advised fund at the Foundation in 2012. Here, Dan answers questions about the causes they support, what inspires him to give, and his hope for Rhode Island’s future.

Christine Grinavic Adventurer’s Fund
By Jean Cohoon / May 28, 2014
This fund, which “broadens perspectives and enhances personal growth” of students participating in travel and career internship programs abroad, honors URI graduate and adventurer Christine Grinavic who was lost at sea in 2007 at age 26.

Five Questions with John Murphy
By Jean Cohoon / February 26, 2014
John Murphy has established three funds at the Foundation: two scholarship funds and, with his wife, the John and Grace Murphy Fund for Youth.

Five Questions with Alfred K. Potter II
By Jean Cohoon / February 26, 2014
Al and Linda Potter established the Potter Family Fund, a donor advised fund at the Foundation, in 2004. Here, Al answers questions about the causes they support, what inspires him to give, and his hope for Rhode Island’s future.

Five Questions with Endowment Holder Roger Williams Park Zoo
By Jean Cohoon / February 26, 2014
Roger Williams Park Zoo, established in the 1890s, created an endowment at the Foundation to help ensure the Zoo is around for another 250+ years.

Five Questions with Victoria Johnson
By Jean Cohoon / February 26, 2014
Long-time educator Victoria Johnson established a scholarship fund at the Foundation for students at Rogers High School, her alma mater, where she held her first teaching position, and where she retired in 2003 as principal of the Newport school.

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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