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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

Dorcas International Institute of Rhode Island Fund
By Jean Cohoon / February 2, 2016
Dorcas International Institute of Rhode Island (DIIRI) has existed only since 2013, yet its history of serving the state’s underserved, immigrant, and refugee populations goes back nearly 100 years.

Redwood Library RIF Endowment Fund
By Jean Cohoon / January 25, 2016
The stately classical architecture of the Redwood Library & Athenaeum is a visitor’s first clue they are entering a very special place.

Child & Family - Townsend Planned Giving Fund
By Jean Cohoon / January 20, 2016
“All of our programs, from our early childhood programs to our services for the elderly, are based on preserving families,” explains Child & Family CEO Marty Sinnott.

Kim and Howard Sutton Fund
By Jean Cohoon / January 11, 2016
"We enjoy helping people in the community, and this fund is an extension of that." - Howard Sutton, former publisher, president, and CEO, The Providence Journal

Mary M. Juskalian Fund
By Jean Cohoon / January 7, 2016
“My kids were doing amazing things like silk screening and filmmaking. I pushed my kids to their limits, and it was amazing what they could do." - Mary Juskalian, retired Providence schools art teacher

Sandra Feinstein-Gamm Theatre Endowment Fund
By Jean Cohoon / January 5, 2016
Thanks to the generosity of the late David Wax and his wife, Elaine Arden Cali, The Gamm has a permanent fund to benefit its long-term goals, support financial security, and generate annual operating income. (Photo courtesy of Peter Goldberg)

By Jean Cohoon / December 10, 2015
“We’ve lived here most all our lives,” Christine Rooks says of her and her husband’s desire to support organizations in the state where they grew up, had successful careers, raised a family, and have been actively involved.

proAbility Fund
By Jean Cohoon / December 4, 2015
Smithfield-based proAbility, which has served Rhode Islanders since 2005, provides services to individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities and their families.

Featured Post

  • Making science come alive Posted last week
    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 3 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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