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Janet E. Shuster Special Education Fund
By Jean Cohoon / June 22, 2018
“Janet displayed an outsized kindness to her students and taught them, above all, the dignity of their own lives,” - George Shuster, Jr. (son of Janet Shuster)

Letty A. (Spino) Raponi Memorial Fund, Ralph and Letty Raponi Charitable Fund, Ralph and Letty Raponi Tribute Fund
By Jean Cohoon / June 15, 2018
Through the years, Ralph and Letty Raponi, along with Ralph’s brother Anthony, have established eight designated funds at the Foundation. Three of those funds were established in 2017.

Michael M. Makokian Fund
By Jean Cohoon / June 8, 2018
The late Michael Makokian taught in the mathematics department at Bridgewater State University for 44 years. Through this fund, his name will forever be connected to the university and its students.

Mary C. Speare Charitable Fund
By Jean Cohoon / May 31, 2018
“The Foundation supports causes that I care about, and it seems like a natural partner for me. - Mary Speare

Paul J. and Joyce T. Aicher Fund
By Jean Cohoon / May 25, 2018
Paul and Joyce Aicher were committed to social justice, volunteerism, and philanthropy throughout their lives, a legacy that continues nationally through the Paul J. Aicher Foundation and locally through this memorial fund.

Hon. Justice Victoria Santopietro Lederberg Classical High School Scholarship Fund
By Jean Cohoon / May 23, 2018
Victoria Santopietro Lederberg advanced through careers in higher education, politics, and the courts. From 1993 until her death in 2002 at age 65, she was a Rhode Island Supreme Court Justice.

John & Lillian Clegg Charitable Fund
By Jean Cohoon / May 14, 2018
It’s not uncommon for individuals who serve on nonprofit boards to work with the Foundation to establish funds to benefit the charities they helped lead. But John Clegg’s involvement with the organizations he and his wife are choosing to support runs much deeper.

Brightman Hill Fund
By Jean Cohoon / May 9, 2018
In establishing this fund at the Foundation, donor Ed Wood notes how he and his wife Linda now "have the joy of recommending the grants."

Tori Lyle Fund
By Jean Cohoon / May 4, 2018
“I want to help people better understand mental health issues and support organizations doing good work in this area.” - Tori Lyle

Nicholas C. and Allison M. Moore Fund
By Jean Cohoon / April 30, 2018
“It’s amazing. It’s a great town,” Nicholas Moore exclaims of Westerly and the the re-vitalization taking place there.

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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