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Eight groups receive nearly $300,000 to improve health care
By Chris Barnett / April 29, 2016
Developing an inclusive primary care system that promotes healthy lives is one of our core strategic initiatives. These grants will advance our continuing efforts to make quality health care more accessible and affordable.

Celebrating our Centennial with $500,000 in grants for community-building across RI
By Chris Barnett / April 27, 2016
We award Centennial Community Grants in all 39 cities and towns. The program is just one in a series of activities to mark our 100th anniversary this year.

Providence Animal Rescue League’s Harry L. Doran Endowment Fund
By Jean Cohoon / April 20, 2016
“We’ve been around for 103 years, and we want to make certain we’re around for another 103 years,” states Carmine DiCenso, executive director of the Providence Animal Rescue League.

Working Cities Challenge offers resources to our communities
By Chris Barnett / April 19, 2016
The Working Cities Challenge will help build your ability to work together across sectors over a sustained period with a comprehensive vision. Winning initiatives will receive $300,000-$500,000 over three years, along with coaching, capacity-building, and research and data analysis support.

Celebrating the 2016 Innovation Fellow – Ray Two Hawks Watson
By Jessica David / April 14, 2016
“Ray has an impressive strategy for creating change and addressing the challenges our state faces by focusing on our greatest natural resource – our people,” said our Neil Steinberg.

Ray Two Hawks Watson receives 2016 Innovation Fellowship
By Chris Barnett / April 13, 2016
The Providence resident will receive $300,000 over three years to launch an initiative designed to expand multi-cultural tourism and improve cultural cohesion. The Fellowship is made possible through the vision and generosity of philanthropists Letitia and John Carter.

A learning agenda: what it is and why you need it
By / April 5, 2016
At the heart of a learning agenda is a set of "key questions" that you are interested in answering about your program or organization that can provide focus, context, and clarity to whatever measurement and assessment activities you are currently using.

Centennial Community Conversations: Innovative and proven programs
By Jessica David / April 1, 2016
In 2016, the Rhode Island Foundation celebrates the 100th anniversary of our founding! This year our Civic Leadership Fund Community Conversations series will focus on the capacity, generosity, and innovation of our partners and how they help build our community.

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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