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Sister Angela Daniels and Reverend Daniel Trainor Fund for The Genesis Center
By Jean Cohoon / March 11, 2015
Their neighbors’ need for assistance led Sister Angela Daniels and Father Daniel Trainor to co-found what today is The Genesis Center, a multi-service organization that has served more than 7,500 people from 50 countries.

College Crusade Believe Fund and College Crusade Legacy Fund
By Jean Cohoon / March 10, 2015
The College Crusade was founded in 1989 “to reduce high school dropout rates and increase educational and career success for low-income urban youth." (Photo: David O'Connor)

RI students can apply for $500,000 in scholarships
By Chris Barnett / March 10, 2015
At the time of year when colleges are sending out financial aid packages, the Rhode Island Foundation is offering Rhode Island students and their families more than $500,000 in scholarships.

Children's Friend Fund
By Jean Cohoon / March 10, 2015
For more than 180 years, Children’s Friend has served Rhode Island’s most vulnerable young children. President and CEO David Caprio says, “We have a responsibility to continue that legacy and to build upon it, as we move forward.”

Chariho-Westerly Animal Rescue League Legacy Fund and Chariho-Westerly Animal Rescue League Animal Welfare Fund
By Jean Cohoon / March 6, 2015
For nearly half a century, the Chariho-Westerly Animal Rescue League (CWARL) was, in the words of its late founder, Ilon Sillman, “dedicated to aiding animals in distress.”

David Burnham Maritime Fund for Paul Cuffee School
By Jean Cohoon / March 5, 2015
The late David Burnham, inaugural president of the Paul Cuffee School board of trustees, once stated, “The dream of those of us who founded the school has always been to enable boys and girls to become familiar with the vast world of water.”

Brain Injury Association of Rhode Island Fund
By Jean Cohoon / March 4, 2015
In Rhode Island, a brain injury occurs every hour according to the Brain Injury Association of Rhode Island. This statewide nonprofit, founded in 1983, has as its mission “to prevent brain injury and to enhance the lives of those affected by brain injury.”

Boys and Girls Clubs of Providence Operational Fund
By Jean Cohoon / March 3, 2015
“We are about kids who deserve a better life. We are about listening to the whys of hurts, and the how to make them better," states Nicole Dufresne, executive director of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Providence.

Blount Fine Foods Fund
By Jean Cohoon / March 2, 2015
The Blount family has been in the food business for five generations, beginning in the 1880s when Eddie B. Blount started an oyster packing business in West Barrington, RI.

Featured Post

  • Rhode Island Foundation announces six recipients of college scholarships in the name of Roger Williams Posted last month
    The four-year, renewable scholarships are through the Carter Roger Williams Initiative, which was launched two years ago by philanthropists Letitia and late John Carter.
  • Rhode Island Foundation awards $285,000 to Newport County nonprofits Posted last month
    The grants, through our Newport County Fund, will underwrite a host of activities ranging from workforce training and after-school activities to preventing relationship violence and protecting vulnerable seniors.
  • $2.6 million awarded for behavioral health care Posted last month
    Six nonprofit organizations will use $2.6 million in grants to support primary and secondary prevention models and high-quality, affordable behavioral health care services across the state. The funding is the first from the Behavioral Health Fund at the Rhode Island Foundation.
  • Vision and commitment Posted last month
    Hundreds of community and business leaders, donors, grant recipients, and other partners gathered at the Rhode Island Convention Center on May 16 for our 2019 Annual Meeting. Here are highlights of what our President and CEO Neil D. Steinberg told them.
  • Rose Fund grants stimulate civic and cultural dialogue Posted 2 months ago
    The primary goals are to strengthen libraries and other civic, cultural and literacy-focused organizations and expand their role as community centers that stimulate dialogue around critical issues.
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