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Nonprofits receive a record $34.8 million in grants last year
By Chris Barnett / February 19, 2015
More than 1,400 nonprofits organizations shared $34.8 million in grants in 2014, the most in the Foundation's 98-year history.

Aligning education and industry for workforce development that works
By Jessica David / February 18, 2015
Texas State Technical College’s public funding is based on the five-year earnings of its graduates. College for America at Southern New Hampshire University offers an online competency-based college education for $2,500/year.

Rhode Island Foundation Awards $25,000 Fellowships to Three Composers
By Chris Barnett / February 10, 2015
Our funding gives mid-career composers the resources to invest in honing their craft.

A privilege and an honor
By Neil Steinberg / February 4, 2015
I had the great honor of being Senator Jack Reed’s guest at this year’s State of the Union Address.

Investing in innovation
By Jessica David / February 3, 2015
Rhode Island's composites industry has critical mass coupled with strong education and training capabilities, mold-building capacity, and a long tradition of innovation.

$160,000 in grants available to serve Newport County residents
By Chris Barnett / January 29, 2015
Nonprofits can request up to $10,000 in eight key areas: arts and culture, children and families, education, economic security, environment, health, housing and basic human needs.

The MacColl Johnson Fellowships: Celebrating Ten Years
By Connie Grosch / January 23, 2015
With the rapidly approaching announcement of the winners of this year’s MacColl Johnson Fellowships – now in its 10th year - we talk with six of the 27 composers, writers and visual artists who have been awarded the fellowships over the past decade. Hear what they have to say about its impact on their work and careers.

The state of the teaching profession: A conversation with Shael Polakow-Suransky
By / January 20, 2015
A national thought leader talks about the future of teacher prep with more than 75 educators and civic leaders at the first of our Community Conversations.

Creating a pipeline of nonprofit leaders for the future
By Chris Barnett / January 15, 2015
Participants in our Emerging Leaders program are paired with experienced mentors for 10 months of self-directed learning, through which they will create their own customized professional development plans.

Planting the seeds for growth
By Jenny Pereira / January 14, 2015
Nonprofits, farmers and fishermen can apply for grants to promote locally grown or harvested food.

Featured Post

  • Making science come alive Posted last month
    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 last month
    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 3 months ago
    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 3 months ago
    Our RIGHA Foundation Fund awards more than $280,000 in grants to promote primary health care.
  • Introducing moves to fuel growth and expansion Posted 4 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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