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By Jessica David / January 30, 2019
It is up to all of us – institutions and individuals -- to support local businesses in times of crisis. I hope you’ll join us by eating out or making a purchase at a Newport business to express your support!

Celebrating companies that lead the way
By Neil Steinberg / January 29, 2019
Our 2019 Common Good Awards recipients make community support and hands-on philanthropy part of their culture.

Shirley and Kenneth Payne Fund
By Jean Cohoon / January 28, 2019
“Since having a knowable past is a source of meaning for people and places, I wanted to help keep local history lively for future generations in the community of my youth." - Ken Payne

Handicraft Club Endowment Fund
By Jean Cohoon / January 23, 2019
Founded in 1904, the Handicraft Club works “to promote interest in all kinds of handicrafts and to provide a place where such work can be done.”

The potential for Rhode Island Opportunity Zones
By Jessica David / January 22, 2019
Opportunity zones are intended to encourage private investment, and ultimately inclusive economic growth, in low income communities.

Judith McSoley Fund for Children
By Jean Cohoon / January 17, 2019
“Judy was a fierce and tireless advocate for children in foster care and dedicated herself to their well-being and their futures." - Darlene Allen, CEO and executive director, Adoption Rhode Island

Carter Roger Williams Scholarships enable students to dream big
By Chris Barnett / January 16, 2019
Conceived of and funded by philanthropists Letitia and the late John Carter, the program honors the principles of the state’s founding father.

Educational program addresses dating violence
By Katie Murray / January 14, 2019
The Katie Brown Educational Program (KBEP) promotes respectful relationships by teaching relationship violence prevention.

World War II Memorial Fund
By Jean Cohoon / January 9, 2019
"We want to maintain the integrity of the structure (and) to have an educational component that will tell future generations the story of World War II." - Lt. General Reginald Centracchio

Iacchei and Cotoia Memorial Scholarship Fund
By Jean Cohoon / January 3, 2019
“Our parents and our aunt and uncle made sacrifices to make our lives better. My brother and I asked ourselves, ‘What can we do now to give back?’” - Cheryl (Iacchei) Johnson

Featured Post

  • Rhode Island Foundation announces six recipients of college scholarships in the name of Roger Williams Posted last month
    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 last month
    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 last month
    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 last month
    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 2 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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