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Jean Cohoon
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Alice Williams Roe-Grenier Fund
By Jean Cohoon / March 4, 2016
“Cranston has always been home for Alice, and she was immensely proud of her city,” her granddaughter, Kelly Grenier Riley, states.

By Jean Cohoon / March 2, 2016
Carol Young says she can summarize her life story in two words: Project Discovery. It was when she was a student at Cranston High School West that Carol was introduced to this program at Trinity Repertory which gives students the opportunity to experience live professional theater.

Heritage Harbor Foundation Fund
By Jean Cohoon / February 29, 2016
This fund will allow Heritage Harbor to offer a grant program “devoted to increasing the history literacy of the Rhode Island public, both school age and adult.”

Gilbert Charitable Fund
By Jean Cohoon / February 26, 2016
“There’s a pleasure and joy in helping others,” exclaims Charles Gilbert. By that measure, Charles and his wife, Charlotte, have had a pleasurable and joy‐filled life.

Arthur and Martha Milot Fund for Community Preparatory School
By Jean Cohoon / February 23, 2016
“Education is one of the most important things we can support. A good education is the root of a successful life,” states Martha Milot.

Ralph, Letty and Anthony Raponi Fund
By Jean Cohoon / February 19, 2016
This fund, which forever will support Meals on Wheels of Rhode Island, is the fourth permanent endowment the Raponis have established at the Foundation.

Nancy Band Ehrlich Fund for the Arts
By Jean Cohoon / February 17, 2016
“When we moved to Rhode Island, Nancy wanted to insure that we were part of the scene,” recalls Dr. Michael Ehrlich, of his late wife who quickly became involved in the community.

Lila K. Mullins Fund
By Jean Cohoon / February 12, 2016
"She loved teaching and her students. She got kids excited about learning,” says Frank Mullins of his late wife who taught in Providence’s elementary schools for 25 years.

Almon and Suzanne Hall Family Fund
By Jean Cohoon / February 10, 2016
Al and Suzanne Hall both grew up in families where helping others and giving back to community was a way of life. And it’s a practice they’ve continued through dozens of nonprofit organizations. (Photo courtesy of Constance Brown)

Le Foyer Endowment Fund
By Jean Cohoon / February 3, 2016
“The purpose of the (Le Foyer) Club was to help integrate the French Canadian people into a welcoming community.” - Roger Bonin, Le Foyer president

Featured Post

  • Making science come alive Posted 6 days 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 2 weeks 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 month
    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 month
    Our RIGHA Foundation Fund awards more than $280,000 in grants to promote primary health care.
  • Introducing moves to fuel growth and expansion Posted 3 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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