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Paul D. Lynch Scholarship Fund
By Jean Cohoon / December 31, 2013
"My father had a great perspective on life and on people. He was so approachable and visible throughout the Westerly area. It is our hope that this fund will allow us to continue his legacy of generosity forever." - Peter Lynch

Lewis P. and Edna D. Lipsitt Fund
By Jean Cohoon / December 31, 2013
"Education, social justice, and the well-being of children have been passions in our lives." - Lewis P. Lipsitt

Lifelong Learning Collaborative Fund
By Jean Cohoon / December 31, 2013
Lifelong Learning Collaborative, which invites members and prospective members to “Learn, Discover, Enjoy,” offers peer-led classes and activities for adults, most of whom are retired.

Alfred and Mary Kosowski Fund
By Jean Cohoon / December 31, 2013
“What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal.” - Albert Pike quote shared by Mary Kosowski

King Solomon #11 Fund
By Jean Cohoon / December 31, 2013
"An ancient masonic tradition tells us that ‘you are not truly dead until you are forgotten’. As long as the Rhode Island Foundation exists, people will remember King Solomon #11." - Al Mullaugh

Varoujan and V. Rose Karentz Scholarship Fund
By Jean Cohoon / December 31, 2013
Through this fund, Varoujan and Rose Karentz are continuing in perpetuity their parents’ commitment to their heritage and history. “Don’t ever forget your ethnic background.” - Varoujan Karentz

Dr. J. Paul Jones, Carolyn M. Jones and Virginia L. Jones Fund
By Jean Cohoon / December 31, 2013
Dr. Jones helped found South County Cottage Hospital and Carolyn worked as its first administrator. “Jinny (their daughter) always felt there was no place as wonderful to be as Rhode Island." - Maude Bivins

Elizabeth J. Johnson Pawtucket History Research Center Fund and Preservation Society of Pawtucket Fund
By Jean Cohoon / December 31, 2013
Three generations of the late Elizabeth J. Johnson’s family lived in the Joseph Spaulding House in Pawtucket where she and her grandmother amassed a collection of material about Pawtucket, its people, businesses, nonprofits, and government.

Imperial 718 Fund
By Jean Cohoon / December 31, 2013
“My grandfather, whenever he had success in business, set aside a portion to give back to the community. Family members were always on boards and involved in philanthropic causes. It was part of the family culture." - Alan Harlam

Herreshoff Marine Museum Endowment Fund
By Jean Cohoon / December 31, 2013
“We want people to understand that the museum is about so much more than just boats. It’s a place that highlights the entrepreneurism of the Herreshoff brothers, their innovation in boat building, their design and engineering expertise, and their role in the American industrial revolution." - Larry Lavers

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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