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Alumnae Association of Newport Hospital School of Nursing Fund
By Jean Cohoon / November 30, 2018
"We want our name to go on, and we thought this fund would be the best way to do it." - Cheryl Abney

Animal welfare groups share nearly $480,000
By Chris Barnett / November 28, 2018
Animal welfare groups across Rhode Island will share nearly $480,000 to fund low-cost vet care for the pets of needy owners, raptor rehabilitation and a coyote education campaign among other programs.

Barnet Fain Funds
By Jean Cohoon / November 26, 2018
“My father was interested in and participated in so many things. He had a very rich and full life.” - Kenneth Fain of his late father, Barnet “Bunny” Fain

Making an impact – one house at a time
By Jessica David / November 19, 2018
Last year, we began investing, beyond traditional grant making efforts, in Rhode Island-based efforts that generate measurable social impact and a financial return. One Neighborhood Builders (ONB) is one of these efforts.

East Bay Food Pantry & Thrift Shop Endowment Fund
By Jean Cohoon / November 13, 2018
“People don’t think there is need in a community like Bristol, but there is poverty here and in all the communities we serve.” - Nicki Ann Tyska, executive director, East Bay Food Pantry & Thrift Shop

Barbara Flinker Ruttenberg Fund
By Jean Cohoon / November 9, 2018
"I love that my donor advised fund will continue after I die and that my children will continue giving charitably through the fund." - Barbara Ruttenberg

A moving tribute
By Jenny Pereira / November 7, 2018
The Moving Wall, a half-size version of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., came to Ponaganset High School in Glocester after months of fundraising efforts by teachers and students.

Elayne Walker-Cabral Medical Scholarship Endowment
By Jean Cohoon / November 5, 2018
"This scholarship will forever help MET students, and Mrs. Elayne’s legacy of helping students will continue forever as well.” - Idalys Perez

2018 Murray Family Prize honors Joe Garlick
By Chris Barnett / November 1, 2018
Garlick’s work includes creating hundreds of affordable houses and apartments in Burrillville, North Smithfield and Woonsocket.

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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