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City Year Providence: helping to develop tomorrow’s leaders
By Jim Sanzi / October 30, 2018
Jennie Johnson, executive director of City Year Providence, shared stories of challenges and successes at a recent luncheon for members of our 1916 Society, made up of generous donors planning to leave an estate or future gift to the Foundation.

Hope High Dollars for Scholars Endowment Fund
By Jean Cohoon / October 25, 2018
"We’re providing scholarships for talented, amazing students who face incredible obstacles." - Jane Rosenbloom Bermont

Health disparities are target of $3.6 million in grants
By Chris Barnett / October 22, 2018
We award $3.6 million in grants to reduce illness, chronic disease and health disparities in more than a dozen cities and towns.

Larry J. and Kay P. Hirsch Charitable Fund
By Jean Cohoon / October 18, 2018
“My main goal is to help animals in need in Rhode Island, especially in South County...I like having a fund that will benefit the community in perpetuity." - Larry J. Hirsch

Philanthropic strategy in a new tax landscape
By Jim Sanzi / October 16, 2018
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.

Giving voice to our state's arts organizations
By Daniel Kertzner / October 12, 2018
Working to give voice to the range of diverse artists throughout the state, the Expansion Arts Program – in partnership with the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts and the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities – supports community-based organizations which serve culturally-specific populations.

Gottlob Armbrust Family Fund
By Jean Cohoon / October 9, 2018
"It is my hope and desire that the Gottlob Armbrust Family Fund will keep future generations of the family together.” - Dennis Ledbetter

Seed funding available for med research
By Chris Barnett / October 4, 2018
Thanks to the commitment of our generous donors, we have the resources to invest in advancing medical breakthroughs.

A direct impact for Rhode Island
By Jessica David / October 2, 2018
The Rhode Island Foundation aims to invest up to 5 percent of the Foundation’s endowment, beyond traditional grant making efforts, in Rhode Island-based efforts that generate measurable social impact and a financial return.

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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