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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

Ralph E. Hanson Fund
By Jean Cohoon / December 31, 2013
The late Ralph Hanson, who first became involved with Linden Place in 1988, is providing for the “crown jewel” of Bristol through this fund designated for the Friends of Linden Place.

Richard C. and Ellen M. Gower Fund
By Jean Cohoon / December 31, 2013
“I fell in love with Rhode Island. It’s beautiful, close to skiing and the ocean, and Providence is such a nice, small city. There’s always something going on.” - Ellen Gower

Baum Fund for Emmanuel Church and Brown Fund for Emmanuel Church
By Jean Cohoon / December 31, 2013
"The Foundation is so aligned with our mission of service to the community. It was a clear choice for the Vestry and me.” - The Rev. Dr. Anita Schell-Lambert

Iona Blake Dobbins Scholarship Fund for the Visual Arts
By Jean Cohoon / December 31, 2013
“The scholarship fund is a way to keep Iona’s name alive, to tell people about her passions, and to help get young people to the next level in their artistic efforts." - Kristie Gardiner

Dimock Fund
By Jean Cohoon / December 31, 2013
“The environment has always been important to my family...Nature’s always been pretty close to home." - Stan Dimock

Thomas DePetrillo and Carol Keefe Fund
By Jean Cohoon / December 31, 2013
“Having money is nice, but it is a blessing only if you share some of it to help your community and those less fortunate than you.” - Tom DePetrillo

Frieda Dengal Fund
By Jean Cohoon / December 31, 2013
“She (Frieda Dengal) wanted to give to something where she could do the most good…where her fund could grow and where it would be added to other funds to have an even greater impact.” - Christine Driscoll

Denby Family Fund for Public Art in Providence
By Jean Cohoon / December 31, 2013
“We have personally seen very lively, inspirational outdoor art. It can lift up the aesthetic profile of a city and improve a city’s economic position through new tourism and convention business. Having cool, fun art would do great things for the city.” - Charles Denby, M.D.

Featured Post

  • Rhode Island Foundation announces six recipients of college scholarships in the name of Roger Williams Posted 2 months ago
    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 2 months ago
    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 3 months ago
    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 3 months ago
    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 3 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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