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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.

Our Philanthropic Partners
By Connie Grosch / May 2, 2014
We recently hosted a reception to welcome our 2013 philanthropic partners in the community and to engage them in a conversation about the Foundation’s priorities in education, promoting healthy lives, creating economic security for all, and inspiring philanthropy.

Thank you to our 'village of volunteers'
By Jean Cohoon / May 1, 2014
“It takes a village” has become a common phrase for projects that require a large number of people working together toward a common goal. Indeed, it takes a village of volunteers to assist the Foundation in the many facets of our work in meeting the needs of the people of Rhode Island.

Thinking strategically about website design and content
By Jean Cohoon / April 28, 2014
The all-new rifoundation.org is a completely re-designed and re-focused website that highlights Foundation initiatives, encourages site visitors to become involved, and is structured around three high-level focus areas.

By Jim Sanzi / March 28, 2014
Jim Sanzi, VP of Development at the Rhode Island Foundation, reflects on teaching his children the value of philanthropy.

By Neil Steinberg / March 27, 2014
Welcome to the Foundation's new blog!

Jeremy S. and Edith B. Weinstein Family Fund
By Jean Cohoon / December 31, 2013
“We’d like to be more involved in Rhode Island, and we see philanthropic involvement as a means to do this. ” - Jerry Weinstein

Temple Habonim Endowment Fund
By Jean Cohoon / December 31, 2013
“Habonim” means “the builders,” and it’s what leaders at Temple Habonim intend to be as they build the Temple’s foundation for the future, including this endowment fund.

Ronald G. Stevens and Patricia E. Moore Fund
By Jean Cohoon / December 31, 2013
“There’s such a profound need out there. We asked ourselves, ‘How could we not do this?’” - Patricia Moore

Shirley Steere, Battey-Campbell Memorial, and Book Endowment Fund
By Jean Cohoon / December 31, 2013
Three people, all for whom the Greenville Public Library was an important part of their lives, are honored through this fund which will help ensure a permanent source of funding for the 132-year-old library. At the same time, the library transferred its Book Endowment Fund to the Foundation.

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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