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Chris Barnett
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Restoring Roger Williams Park
By Chris Barnett / December 8, 2016
We have raised more than $7.8 million to restore Roger Williams Park. Work has already been completed on the historic Bandstand.

A holiday tradition of generosity
By Chris Barnett / November 30, 2016
Since the Providence Journal opened the fund with us in 2014, thousands of children have received gifts thanks to the generosity of its print and digital readers, building on a tradition that dates back to when the paper launched what was then called the Santa Fund in 1924.

Ricky Bogert named grants program officer
By Chris Barnett / November 21, 2016
Ricky Bogert has been named a grants program officer, where he will oversee special grant programs such as the Juanita Sánchez Community Fund and the Program for the Blind and provide support in the economic security and environment sectors.

Animal welfare groups awarded nearly $470,000
By Chris Barnett / November 14, 2016
We award nearly $470,000 in grants to fund 28 animal welfare programs across the state ranging from a low-cost statewide spay/neutering program for the pets of needy Rhode Islanders to humane education.

Dec. 16 is deadline to apply for $300,000 Innovation Fellowships
By Chris Barnett / October 24, 2016
Rhode Islanders have until Dec. 16 to apply for $300,000 grants to develop, test and implement innovative ideas that have the potential to dramatically move Rhode Island forward. This year, our Rhode Island Innovation Fellowship program focuses on proposals that increase or improve civic engagement.

New college scholarship fund and statewide educational program honors Roger Williams
By Chris Barnett / October 19, 2016
Philanthropists Letitia and John Carter see the Roger Williams Initiative as promoting a set of living ideals for today's Rhode Islanders

Lisa DiMartino named strategic initiatives officer for the Education sector
By Chris Barnett / October 17, 2016
Last year, the Foundation awarded $8.9 million in grants for education, supporting initiatives such as the Central Falls School Department’s We Are a Village program, the Highlander Charter School’s Center for Blended Learning and Teach For America, Rhode Island.

Building a new model for community health
By Chris Barnett / October 12, 2016
A new model for community health care is coming to Central Falls. Blackstone Valley Community Health Care is building a $15 million Neighborhood Health Station on land directly behind the existing Notre Dame Express Health Care building at 1000 Broad St.

Ceramic tiles capture the spirit of one community
By Chris Barnett / October 4, 2016
Four different panels were created; each depicting colorful scenes of town life like playgrounds and boating. These panels will welcome visitors to Jamiel’s Park, a 13-acre waterfront park in the heart of downtown.

New partnership tackles “achievement gap” for English Learners
By Chris Barnett / September 30, 2016
State and local education officials and the Rhode Island Foundation are partnering on a nearly $500,000 initiative to tackle the “achievement gap” for students who are English Learners. The program will send 60 public school teachers back to college for intensive English as a Second Language Instruction and Dual Language Program training.

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  • 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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