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Patricia and Steele Blackall Fund, Applegate Fund, Frederick S. Blackall IV Fund, and Scone Fund
By Jean Cohoon / January 25, 2018
“My father wanted to pass on more than money. He wanted to pass on a practice or belief…something that would encourage his kids to contribute to the community." - Grenville Blackall

Tiverton Library Endowment Fund
By Jean Cohoon / January 16, 2018
We’re very, very proud of the library,” states Stuart Horwitz, president of the Tiverton Library Foundation, noting the building’s functionality, its creative lay-out, and overall beauty.

Drs. Shapiro and Nager Pets in Need Fund
By Jean Cohoon / January 8, 2018
“We’re hoping to help people with animals that need big ticket care…If we could help, it might make the difference between saving an animal or not." - Denise Shapiro, DDS

David R. Levesque Fund
By Jean Cohoon / December 26, 2017
“I want to keep David’s name alive and for people to remember him for who he was at heart and what he loved most in life." - Donna Rucci-Levesque

Warren Land Conservation Trust Endowment Fund
By Jean Cohoon / December 14, 2017
"We’re eager to make our properties accessible to the public and are committed to developing trails on amenable land." - Mike Gerhardt, WLCT President

Barrington Congregational Church Flex Fund
By Jean Cohoon / December 7, 2017
“We’re looking ahead to how we can better serve the community." - Dick McWhirter, chair of the church’s finance ministry team

Foster Community Libraries Endowment Fund
By Jean Cohoon / November 28, 2017
The buildings that house the two libraries in the Town of Foster, the Foster Public Library and the Tyler Free Library, both were once one-room schoolhouses. From the outside, they are quaint and historic.

Gabrielle Dinsmore Heart & Hope Fund
By Jean Cohoon / November 21, 2017
"It makes me feel good knowing that my daughter’s life already has impacted hundreds of children and families, and that Gabby’s legacy will continue through these two endowed funds.” - Louise Dinsmore says of the Gabrielle Dinsmore Heart & Hope Fund and Gabrielle Dinsmore Fund in Support of the Pediatric Heart Center at Hasbro Children's Hospital

Scott F. Viera Memorial Fund
By Jean Cohoon / November 1, 2017
“Whatever he involved himself with, he was totally passionate about it. And wrestling was his passion, with sports being a prominent part of his life,” Kelli Viera says of her late husband, Scott, who died in 2008 at the age of 44.

New Urban Arts Endowment Fund
By Jean Cohoon / October 25, 2017
“This endowment signals that we see ourselves as a permanent institution... (and) as essential to the health and vitality of Rhode Island." - Daniel Schleifer, executive director

Featured Post

  • Making science come alive Posted 5 days ago
    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 2 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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