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Rhode Island Foundation adds two in Community Investments
By Chris Barnett / May 7, 2014 /   Loading Disqus...

The Rhode Island Foundation adds Connie Grosch and Shayne Purdue to its Strategy and Community Investments staff.

“As our work in the community has expanded over the past two years, we are taking on new challenges. I look forward to seeing the impact their remarkable talent and enthusiasm will have on our efforts to move Rhode Island forward,” said Jessica David, vice president of strategy and community investments.

As the Foundation’s first digital reporter, Grosch will create content that illustrates the work and impact of the Foundation and its partners. She spent nearly two decades as a staff photographer for The Providence Journal and more recently served as press secretary for U.S. Rep. David Cicilline. The Providence resident is a graduate of Maryville University in St. Louis.

Purdue was named events coordinator. Most recently, the North Attleboro resident worked in executive education at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, where she oversaw operations and event planning for the Executive M.B.A. and master’s of tax programs. She has a bachelor’s degree in organizational management from Concordia University.

The addition of the two positions stems from a new strategic plan that calls for state’s largest community philanthropic organization to provide leadership and a forum for dialogue on critical issues.

“To complement our fundraising and grantmaking, we’re ramping up our role as an insistent voice for change. It began two years ago with the launch of our Civic Leadership Fund, grew with the Make It Happen RI economic development initiative and continues with the “Our Backyard” public awareness campaign,” David said.

The Rhode Island Foundation is the largest and most comprehensive funder of nonprofit organizations in Rhode Island.  In 2013, the Foundation made grants of more than $31 million to organizations addressing the most pressing issues and needs of the state’s diverse communities. Through leadership, fundraising and grantmaking activities, often in partnership with individuals and organizations, the Foundation is helping Rhode Island reach its true potential. For more information, visit rifoundation.org.

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