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A taxing time on tap for philanthropy
By Chris Barnett / December 13, 2017
We're joining with U.S. Senator Jack Reed and the United Way of Rhode Island to warn that the federal tax bills could negatively impact the ability of local nonprofits to provide needed services like food assistance, health care, job training, and support for education and research.

Showing appreciation for our professional advisors
By Jim Sanzi / December 11, 2017
Over the years, we have had the great pleasure of working with countless professional advisors in Rhode Island who play a critical role in advising clients on charitable giving strategies. Many of those professionals serve on the Foundation’s Professional Advisory Council.

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

A holiday tradition of generosity
By Chris Barnett / December 6, 2017
Our Providence Journal Holiday Fund is once again accepting donations to help children and teenagers in need this holiday season.

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

Inaugural Murray Family Prize for Community Enrichment awarded to Rob DeBlois, principal and founder of UCAP
By Chris Barnett / November 13, 2017
The inaugural Murray Family Prize for Community Enrichment at the Rhode Island Foundation was awarded to Rob DeBlois, principal of the Urban Collaborative Accelerated Program.

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

Wealth planning in a year of change
By Jim Sanzi / October 20, 2017
Each year, we partner with Washington Trust to present a wealth management roundtable, a panel discussion by experts in the field who talk about important developments in the area of financial planning.

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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