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Cross-Sector Coalitions for Education Systems
By Connie Grosch / April 30, 2014
Our Civic Leadership Fund, along with the Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University, sponsored our eighth discussion on Building a 21st Century Education System in Rhode Island. Warren Simmons, executive director of the Annenberg Institute, shown here, moderated the event.

Thinking strategically about website design and content
By Jean Cohoon / April 28, 2014
The all-new rifoundation.org is a completely re-designed and re-focused website that highlights Foundation initiatives, encourages site visitors to become involved, and is structured around three high-level focus areas.

Are you getting the board members you need?
By Jill Pfitzenmayer / April 23, 2014
There are many board members who fit that profile and who bring passion, talent and treasure to their role. But are you shortchanging your organization because you’re thinking too narrowly about board membership?

Metcalf Fellowship opens new horizons for an aspiring doctor
By Chris Barnett / April 22, 2014
One University of Rhode Island senior sees new possibilities in health care after spending a month in India on our Metcalf Fellowship.

2014 Rhode Island Innovation Fellowship photos!
By Lauren Paola / April 18, 2014
Over 160 guests gathered at Roger Williams Park Casino to celebrate the 2014 Rhode Island Innovation Fellows.

Congratulations, Amy and David
By Jessica David / April 16, 2014
Today, we are pleased to announce the 2014 Rhode Island Innovation Fellows, Amy Bernhardt and David Dadekian. The Fellowship program was conceived of and made possible by Letitia and John Carter, pictured here.

Rhode Island Foundation Announces Recipients of 2014 Innovation Fellowships
By Chris Barnett / April 16, 2014
Amy Bernhardt and David Dadekian will each receive $300,000 to develop, test, and implement ideas to improve life in Rhode Island.

Rhode Island Foundation Names Toby Shepherd Programs Officer for Educational Grantmaking
By Chris Barnett / April 14, 2014
The Rhode Island Foundation has named Toby Shepherd as a grant programs officer effective May 5.

By Jenny Pereira / April 8, 2014
Through our work in the environment sector, we are looking closely at available tools, policy, and infrastructure to strengthen our ability to rebound from future disasters and impacts of a changing climate.

Rhode Island Foundation, Cox Communications Team Up to Offer Rhode Island Success Stories “On Demand”
By Chris Barnett / April 3, 2014
The Rhode Island Foundation and Cox Communications have announced the debut of “Our Backyard TV,” where Rhode Islanders can find good news about their state 24 hours a day.

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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