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Friends of Pomham Rocks Lighthouse Endowment
By Jean Cohoon / December 18, 2018
Friends of Pomham Rocks Lighthouse Foundation was formed in 2004 for the purpose of restoring and maintaining the Lighthouse. "It is absolutely amazing, the conversion of that place," says Mike Tripp, treasurer of the Friends.

Grant to Food Bank will feed hungry RI'ers
By Chris Barnett / December 13, 2018
We make a $100,000 donation to the Food Bank and challenge Rhode Islanders to pitch in during this time of extraordinary need.

Professional advisors working
By Jim Sanzi / December 11, 2018
Recently, at our annual Professional Advisor Appreciation Breakfast, we invited our PAC partners to engage in a community conversation Together RI style.

Honoring nonprofits with a lot to teach us
By Chris Barnett / December 11, 2018
There is something each of our 2018 Best Practice Award recipients accomplished that can help other nonprofits become even more productive.

Polly Wall to chair our Board of Directors
By Chris Barnett / December 6, 2018
Our Board of Directors has elected Mary Brooks “Polly” Wall as Chair effective Jan. 1, 2019. She will succeed Marie Langlois.

Grants will help LGBTQ communities
By Chris Barnett / December 5, 2018
Eight nonprofit organizations serving the state’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) communities received $53,200 in grants through our Equity Action Fund.

Zennovation Fund for Rhode Island
By Jean Cohoon / December 3, 2018
The Zennovation Fund...seeks to advance truly innovative work in education, the arts, entrepreneurship, and community leadership.

Alumnae Association of Newport Hospital School of Nursing Fund
By Jean Cohoon / November 30, 2018
"We want our name to go on, and we thought this fund would be the best way to do it." - Cheryl Abney

Animal welfare groups share nearly $480,000
By Chris Barnett / November 28, 2018
Animal welfare groups across Rhode Island will share nearly $480,000 to fund low-cost vet care for the pets of needy owners, raptor rehabilitation and a coyote education campaign among other programs.

Barnet Fain Funds
By Jean Cohoon / November 26, 2018
“My father was interested in and participated in so many things. He had a very rich and full life.” - Kenneth Fain of his late father, Barnet “Bunny” Fain

Featured Post

  • Making science come alive Posted 11 months 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 12 months 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 year
    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 year
    Our RIGHA Foundation Fund awards more than $280,000 in grants to promote primary health care.
  • Introducing moves to fuel growth and expansion Posted last year
    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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