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Investing for social and financial impact
By Chris Barnett / October 30, 2017
Our new Impact Investing initiative aims to invest up to 5 percent of our endowment, beyond traditional grantmaking efforts, in Rhode Island-based efforts that generate measurable social impact and a financial return.

New Urban Arts Endowment Fund
By Jean Cohoon / October 25, 2017
“This endowment signals that we see ourselves as a permanent institution... (and) as essential to the health and vitality of Rhode Island." - Daniel Schleifer, executive director

A life-changing summer
By Chris Barnett / October 23, 2017
Our Metcalf Fellowship enables Rhode Island College nursing major Jena Lerch to provide care to rural villages in Belize.

Wealth planning in a year of change
By Jim Sanzi / October 20, 2017
Each year, we partner with Washington Trust to present a wealth management roundtable, a panel discussion by experts in the field who talk about important developments in the area of financial planning.

Carter Fellowships support bold ideas
By Chris Barnett / October 19, 2017
Designed to stimulate solutions to Rhode Island challenges, the initiative is made possible through the foresight and generosity of philanthropists Letitia and John Carter.

Warren Heritage Endowment Fund
By Jean Cohoon / October 16, 2017
The Warren Heritage Foundation awards matching grants up to $5,000 to nonprofits and fraternal organizations that support its mission “to protect, restore, and maintain buildings, structures, sites, and open space possessing historical and architectural significance in the Town of Warren.”

A journey to self-sufficiency
By Connie Grosch / October 13, 2017
Lucy’s Hearth was established in 1984 as a night-to-night shelter for homeless women and children of Aquidneck Island. Over the years, it has morphed into so much more – expanding its focus to help families live independently by gaining the life skills necessary to prevent future homelessness.

A walk in the woods
By Connie Grosch / October 10, 2017
A raven croaks from the treeline at the edge of the Audubon Society’s 28-acre Claire D. McIntosh Wildlife Refuge in Bristol. Flanked on either side by housing developments, the land slopes down from historic Hope Street to the Warren River near Jacob’s Point.

Rhode Island Foundation honors five nonprofits with 2017 Best Practice Awards
By Chris Barnett / October 5, 2017
“These recipients emerged from a highly competitive process and an impressive group of nominees,” said Jill Pfitzenmayer, vice president of the Foundation’s Initiative for Nonprofit Excellence.

TEDxProvidence: a gift to our community
By Jessica David / October 4, 2017
2017 marked the sixth year of TEDxProvidence, and it was the best yet. I knew we had amazing people here in Rhode Island, but the speakers at this past Saturday’s event once again blew me away.

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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