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Hamilton House Endowment Fund
By Jean Cohoon / March 20, 2015
The class list reads like a college catalog – Spanish, painting, computer, literature – but rather than a college or university campus, these classes are offered at Hamilton House, an “adult learning exchange” on Providence’s East Side. Complementing the more academic offerings are topics as diverse as yoga, bridge, and film courses.

Susan and Jim Garlington Fund
By Jean Cohoon / March 19, 2015
A sense of giving back often is passed from one generation to the next. Such is the case for Susan (Horvitz) Garlington. “My parents were very giving and active volunteers in the community,” Susan explains.

17 nonprofits get grants for preservation
By Chris Barnett / March 18, 2015
Work includes everything from documenting the status of endangered historic properties to putting a 2,000-page diary on-line.

Malcolm Farmer III and Susan L. Farmer Fund
By Jean Cohoon / March 18, 2015
“It was an unbelievable experience, 24 months of rapid growing up that changed everything for me,” Malcolm Farmer says of his work in the 1960s with the Lawyers Constitutional Defense Committee in Mississippi.

Barry and Dr. Elaine Fain Fund
By Jean Cohoon / March 17, 2015
“We’ve been part of Providence for a long time,” says Barry Fain of his family who started their first business in the city back in the 1890’s. “My wife Elaine and I consider ourselves so very fortunate that we are able to continue our family’s tradition of charitable giving through this new donor advised fund.”

Sgt. Maxwell R. Dorley Memorial Fund
By Jean Cohoon / March 16, 2015
“You can’t change the world, but you can make a difference” was the philosophy of the late Sgt. Maxwell R. Dorley, shares his mother, Miatta Dorley. “Max was very compassionate and always felt sorry for people who didn’t have much.”

Thank you, volunteer advisors!
By Jean Cohoon / March 13, 2015
Scores of community members assist the Foundation each year with the many facets of our work in meeting the needs of the people of Rhode Island. Thank you, 2014 volunteers, for your dedication and expertise!

James Donaldson Scholarship Fund
By Jean Cohoon / March 13, 2015
“He loved coaching and the kids loved to play for him. He’d tell them, ‘I will help you be as good as you would like to try to be’.” - Jim Donaldson of his father, the late James Donaldson

Julius and Lena DelPapa Memorial Fund
By Jean Cohoon / March 12, 2015
Julius and Lena (Testa) DelPapa immigrated to the States from their native Italy. Julius was a long-time owner of the Julius DelPapa Cement Construction Company in Pawtucket, and the couple raised two children, a son Angelo and a daughter Gloria.

Enhancing our work with donors and partners
By Neil Steinberg / March 11, 2015
Like all organizations, the Foundation is constantly adjusting to meet the needs of our customers and the community.

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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