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The College Crusade: closing gaps in student outcomes
By / October 26, 2015
Education grantmaking at the Rhode Island Foundation is focused on closing gaps in student outcomes. And while we’re privileged to invest in many schools and nonprofit organizations that advance this work across our state, few operate at the scale and effectiveness as the College Crusade of Rhode Island.

Thank you for all that you do
By Neil Steinberg / October 2, 2015
I would like to thank all the nonprofits in Rhode Island for all that you do to serve the Rhode Island community.

Our scholarships make dreams come true
By Chris Barnett / September 2, 2015
Dozens of individual and organizational donors established scholarship funds with us to help students defray educational expenses such as tuition, fees and books.

Back to school
By / August 20, 2015
It’s hard to believe that Rhode Island’s students begin returning to school in two short weeks. But believe it or not, a new school year is almost upon us – and we at the Rhode Island Foundation could not be more excited for the year ahead.

Association of Former Legislators honors five students for public service
By Connie Grosch / August 6, 2015
Five members of the Class of 2015 are headed to college with scholarships in recognition of their dedication and contributions to public service.

Community greenhouse raises hope in Providence
By Jenny Pereira / July 28, 2015
Low-cost leases to the neighborhood farmers using the urban greenhouse will support agricultural business development and link locally grown food with neighborhood schools.

Metcalf Fellowships enable students to pursue their dreams
By Chris Barnett / June 3, 2015
Seven college students from Rhode Island will spend the summer traveling and learning thanks to more than $25,000 in fellowships.

Workforce development full STEAMM ahead
By Connie Grosch / May 27, 2015
Beth Cunha, co-founder and executive director of CDL, believes that education and workforce development go together, that they must work as partners. The paths being developed by educators and business leaders today include tracks that do not necessarily lead to college. “Let’s face it,” says Cunha, “some kids are not ready to go to college and that’s okay. Let’s look at the pathways and training structures that support them.”

Leading for change in urban education systems
By / May 15, 2015
Dr. Andres Alonso, Professor of Practice at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and CEO of Baltimore Public Schools for six years, talks about change in urban education systems at our 2015 Civic Leadership Fund Community Conversation.

Serving Providence youth from
By / May 7, 2015
The Providence Children & Youth Cabinet is a place-based coalition of approximately 60 youth-serving organizations in the City of Providence. Partner organizations have committed to working together to advance a series of common goals that span from “cradle to career.”

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 2 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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