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Boys & Girls Clubs of Warwick Fund
By Jean Cohoon / August 18, 2017
“A Boys & Girls Club is a place where kids go that people ask, ‘What did you do today? Did you have a good day?’ We take the time to care and to help instill the right values in a child.” - Executive Director Lara D'Antuono

Letty A. (Spino) Raponi Memorial Fund
By Jean Cohoon / August 1, 2017
“Letty lived an active life with real goodness in her heart,” recalls Ralph Raponi of his late wife, noting also, “Letty’s smile would light up a room”.

Friday Charitable Fund
By Jean Cohoon / July 27, 2017
“We’re very lucky to have what we have and be where we are. There are so many people who do not have a lot and need help." - Richard Friday

Valley Breeze Scholarship Fund
By Jean Cohoon / July 17, 2017
The Valley Breeze Scholarship will be awarded annually, beginning in 2018, to one graduating senior at Cumberland High School and one at Mount Saint Charles Academy.

Community foundations unite to share advice about philanthropy
By Chris Barnett / June 29, 2017
We are a cross-section of the United States. We represent a range of nonprofits, and every political views from in this country across the political spectrum. We have practical ideas about how to help our neighbors, now and in lasting ways.

Celebrating a year of community
By Chris Barnett / May 25, 2017
Hundreds of community and business leaders, donors, grant recipients, and other partners gathered at the Rhode Island Convention Center on May 24 for our 2017 Annual Meeting. Here are highlights of what our President and CEO Neil D. Steinberg told them.

Murray Family Prize for Community Enrichment
By Jean Cohoon / April 28, 2017
“We want to recognize people or entities in Rhode Island who are doing things to improve life for the citizens of Rhode Island." - Paula (Murray) McNamara

Nancy W. Jencks Fund
By Jean Cohoon / March 6, 2017
The Community Scholarship Fund of Barrington and Planned Parenthood of Rhode Island will receive support in perpetuity as the late Nancy Jencks directed through plans she made with the Rhode Island Foundation in 1992.

Estise Mauran Museum Concerts Fund
By Jean Cohoon / February 28, 2017
“It is now more important than ever to bring to life the music of past centuries, performed by adept and informed musicians in intimate, exclusive places.” - L. Frederick Jodry, V, president, Museum Concerts of Rhode Island

Frederick B. Wilcox Endowment Fund
By Jean Cohoon / February 21, 2017
Frederick B. Wilcox's "way with investments" and careful stewarding through the years by his daughter, Nancy Mattis, has resulted in the largest unrestricted gift to the Foundation in our 100-year-history.

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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