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Janet E. Shuster Special Education Fund
By Jean Cohoon / June 22, 2018
“Janet displayed an outsized kindness to her students and taught them, above all, the dignity of their own lives,” - George Shuster, Jr. (son of Janet Shuster)

Letty A. (Spino) Raponi Memorial Fund, Ralph and Letty Raponi Charitable Fund, Ralph and Letty Raponi Tribute Fund
By Jean Cohoon / June 15, 2018
Through the years, Ralph and Letty Raponi, along with Ralph’s brother Anthony, have established eight designated funds at the Foundation. Three of those funds were established in 2017.

A summertime tradition of generosity
By Connie Grosch / June 13, 2018
Our Providence Journal Summertime Fund is once again accepting donations to send needy children to camp this summer. The goal is to make school vacation season brighter for youngsters within our community.

Michael M. Makokian Fund
By Jean Cohoon / June 8, 2018
The late Michael Makokian taught in the mathematics department at Bridgewater State University for 44 years. Through this fund, his name will forever be connected to the university and its students.

Mary C. Speare Charitable Fund
By Jean Cohoon / May 31, 2018
“The Foundation supports causes that I care about, and it seems like a natural partner for me. - Mary Speare

Paul J. and Joyce T. Aicher Fund
By Jean Cohoon / May 25, 2018
Paul and Joyce Aicher were committed to social justice, volunteerism, and philanthropy throughout their lives, a legacy that continues nationally through the Paul J. Aicher Foundation and locally through this memorial fund.

Hon. Justice Victoria Santopietro Lederberg Classical High School Scholarship Fund
By Jean Cohoon / May 23, 2018
Victoria Santopietro Lederberg advanced through careers in higher education, politics, and the courts. From 1993 until her death in 2002 at age 65, she was a Rhode Island Supreme Court Justice.

Designing a life that allows you to age well
By Jim Sanzi / May 17, 2018
“There is much about aging that we can’t control. But there is much more that we can.” So says Coventry Edwards-Pitt, a nationally recognized wealth advisor, to one of today’s most pressing issues: how to age well.

John & Lillian Clegg Charitable Fund
By Jean Cohoon / May 14, 2018
It’s not uncommon for individuals who serve on nonprofit boards to work with the Foundation to establish funds to benefit the charities they helped lead. But John Clegg’s involvement with the organizations he and his wife are choosing to support runs much deeper.

Brightman Hill Fund
By Jean Cohoon / May 9, 2018
In establishing this fund at the Foundation, donor Ed Wood notes how he and his wife Linda now "have the joy of recommending the grants."

Featured Post

  • 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 3 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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