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Thomas J. Murray Memorial Fund
By Jean Cohoon / October 29, 2015
“Everybody loved Tommy. He was very charming, had a lot of friends, and had the most beautiful blue eyes you’ve ever seen,” Kim (Murray) Butler recalls of her brother, who passed away in December 2014 at age 42.

The College Crusade: closing gaps in student outcomes
By / October 26, 2015
Education grantmaking at the Rhode Island Foundation is focused on closing gaps in student outcomes. And while we’re privileged to invest in many schools and nonprofit organizations that advance this work across our state, few operate at the scale and effectiveness as the College Crusade of Rhode Island.

By / October 21, 2015
Evaluation is specific to a context, issue, or question. Therefore, when designing your evaluation, it is important to understand why you are gathering a particular piece of information and how you will use it.

Natalie B. Kampen Fund of the Kingston Chamber Music Festival
By Jean Cohoon / October 20, 2015
A generous bequest from former University of Rhode Island professor Natalie Kampen is allowing Festival organizers to have big plans.

Now accepting applications for Innovation Fellowships
By Chris Barnett / October 19, 2015
An annual initiative to stimulate proposals that can move Rhode Island forward, our Rhode Island Innovation Fellowships are made possible through the vision and generosity of philanthropists Letitia and John Carter.

By Jean Cohoon / October 16, 2015
“Ruby’s goal for the fund was for student education and Jewish education. This fulfills his intent as the Holocaust through the Arts Program reaches thousands of students and educators." - May-Ronny Zeidman

Rhode Island Foundation welcomes Kate Kishfy to Development staff
By Lauren Paola / October 15, 2015
The Rhode Island Foundation has named Kate Kishfy as Development and Planned Giving Officer.

Audubon Society of Rhode Island Endowment Fund
By Jean Cohoon / October 14, 2015
“Audubon’s mission has always been about protecting birds, other wildlife, and their habitats,” explains Larry Taft, executive director of the Audubon Society of Rhode Island.

A game changer in shellfish management
By Jenny Pereira / October 13, 2015
When it was launched in 2013, the Rhode Island Shellfish Management Plan faced tremendous challenges. There was no existing blueprint to foster the collaboration needed to solve problems through sound science and policy.

Paul A. Berchielli Memorial Fund
By Jean Cohoon / October 8, 2015
“He fell in love with the ocean. He was always interested in the weather, the surf, and the ocean," recalls Janice Berchielli Tunney of her late brother, Paul.

Featured Post

  • RI Foundation awards $285,000 to Newport County nonprofits Posted last week
    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 3 weeks ago
    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.
  • Making science come alive Posted last year
    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 year
    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.
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