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Arthur L. Teal, Sr. Scholarship Fund
By Jean Cohoon / February 28, 2019
“Education was just so important to our dad and providing a scholarship to benefit future social workers seems a fitting tribute.” - Lysa Teal

Local writers win $25,000 fellowships
By Chris Barnett / February 27, 2019
Mary-Kim Arnold, Luisa C. Murillo and Chrysanthemum Tran will receive $25,000 grants from our Robert and Margaret MacColl Johnson Fellowship Fund.

Grants and scholarships support RI's Black community
By Chris Barnett / February 22, 2019
Our Black Philanthropy Bannister Fund awards more than $125,000 in grants and scholarships to serve the state’s African-American community.

Janet L. Robinson Fund
By Jean Cohoon / February 21, 2019
“I am a strong believer in the importance of offering quality public education, and a substantial portion of my philanthropy is directed toward education." - Janet Robinson

We award $52 million in grants in 2018
By Chris Barnett / February 19, 2019
Many of the grants aligned with our three strategic priorities: educational success, healthy lives and economic security. Through these, we invest in organizations and programs that strive for long-term solutions to significant community issues.

Cherry Family Fund
By Jean Cohoon / February 13, 2019
“This (the Foundation) is the place we need to be. Through this fund, we can make our philanthropy work better and do more to help others.” - Melanie Cherry

Grants spark learning across RI
By Chris Barnett / February 11, 2019
Elementary school teachers across the state will share nearly $135,000 in grants to encourage innovation in their classrooms through our Carter Spark Grants program.

Working together to provide affordable, accessible health care for all Rhode Islanders
By Neil Steinberg / February 8, 2019
One of our “beyond grantmaking” investments is the Long Term Health Planning Committee, an engaged group we have convened to develop strategies to provide equitable, accessible health care for all populations.

East Side Branch YMCA Fund
By Jean Cohoon / February 6, 2019
“If we can get kids in here, we can help get them on the right path and give their lives structure. Our goal is to help every kid to thrive." - Steven O’Donnell, CEO, YMCA of Greater Providence

Thomas & Maureen Moakley Fund
By Jean Cohoon / February 4, 2019
“There’s so much theater here, and it’s great,” Tom Moakley says, with wife Maureen elaborating, “We went to Trinity, and it was delightful. Then we went to the Gamm which we love. And then Wilbury and all the other new and innovative performance venues in the state.”

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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