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Our robust grantmaking continues in 2015
By Jenny Pereira / April 30, 2015 /   Loading Disqus...
After a record-setting 2014, in which we awarded more money in grants than any year in our 99-year-history, we’re continuing our rigorous grantmaking in 2015. In the first quarter, our grants, both Foundation-directed and donor-directed, totaled more than $8 million.

None of the important, and often innovative, work being done through the Foundation would be possible without our generous donors and the dedicated folks who work at our state’s nonprofit organizations. It is a pleasure to work with both groups who are committed to making our state a better place to live, work, play and learn.

Following are examples of Foundation-directed grants made between January and March, 2015:

Economic Security

Our focus: improve Rhode Island’s environment for economic growth so all Rhode Islanders can prosper

Center for Dynamic Learning - $10,000 – to support the Center’s work to refine its brand and business model, incorporating stronger communications and fundraising capacities.

Maritime Cybersecurity Center
- $15,000 – to support the implementation of a Cybersecurity Simulation Exercise to identify cybersecurity threats to the Rhode Island population, economy and critical infrastructure.

Educational Success

Our focus: improve educational outcomes for all Rhode Island public school students

Achievement First - $50,000 – to support the organization’s growing network of charter schools, including the opening of a new elementary school in the fall of 2015.

Blackstone Academy Charter School - $10,000 - to support the school’s planned expansion over the next three years and strategic planning for dissemination of best practices.

Brown University - $10,000 - to support organizational development work related to the establishment of a new Early Childhood Research Consortium.

Center for Collaborative Education - $100,000 - to provide intensive professional development to 17 comprehensive high schools in developing rigorous, curriculum embedded performance assessments.

Community Preparatory School - $25,000 - to support the school’s planned organizational growth over the next four years.

Highlander Charter School - $10,000 – to further support pre-capital campaign work to enable Highlander to accommodate its growing student enrollment.

North Providence School Department - $102,740 – to support the establishment of a marine technology magnet middle school with an emphasis on promoting science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM).

Pawtucket School Department
- $83,358 - to support the development of a new dual-language program (English & Spanish) at the Nathanael Greene elementary school in the 2015-2016 academic school years.

Providence Plan - $10,000 – to support a new strategic plan for the Providence Plan’s Ready to Learn Providence early childhood development program.

Rhode Island Association of School Principals - $7,490 - to provide support for six Rhode Island principals to participate in blended learning leadership development provided through the William & Ida Friday Institute for Educational Innovation at North Carolina State University.

RI League of Charter Schools - $13,720 – to support the League’s annual conference focusing on district/charter collaboration and shared professional development.

Science and Math Investigative Learning Experiences (SMILE) - $61,423 – to expand the SMILE program’s science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) after school program to public schools in Newport.

SouthSide Elementary Charter School - $35,000 – to support the school’s education director, outreach efforts, and continuing operations.

South Kingstown School Department - $39, 324 - to support the development of two new dual-language programs (English & Spanish) at the Peacedale and West Kingston elementary schools in the 2015-2016 academic school years.

URI Foundation - $60,000 - to provide intensive professional development for science teachers in the Foster and Foster-Glocester school districts and at the Paul Cuffee Charter School through the Guiding Education in Mathematics and Science Network program, affiliated with URI’s School of Education and School of Engineering.

Multiple Sectors

FabNewport - $25,000 (half each from Economic Security and Educational Success) – to support a staff position for this organization that provides access to technology and engineering courses to school-aged children on Aquidneck Island, as well as a digitally equipped workshop for adults.

Arts and Culture

Our focus: diverse participation in the arts, arts education, and a vital arts sector

Episcopal Diocese of Rhode Island - $10,000 – to assist the Diocese in the organizational phase of a National Center for Reconciliation that will examine the intersection of faith and slavery, with a focus on reconciliation.

Part of the Oath - $5,540 – to support a strategic planning process and development of a financial and resource development plan.

Pettaquamscutt Historical Society - $10,000 – to enable the Kingston-based Society to undertake a comprehensive strategic planning process focused on community engagement.

Rhode Island Historical Society (RIHS) - $10,000 - to create a plan for increasing collaboration among historic sites and organizations in the Ocean State and to develop additional revenue streams for RIHS.

Woonasquatucket Valley Community Build - $10,000 – to support a strategic planning process that will prioritize the development and direction of The Steel Yard for the next three years.

Children and Families

Our focus: a strong continuum of care for children and families through evidence-based practices and systems reform

New England Fatherhood Conference
- $5,000 – for the 16th Annual New England Fatherhood Conference which focuses on father-inclusive practices across human service, community-based, legal and academic fields.


Our focus: environmental resilience through strong food, energy, transportation, and natural resource systems

Audubon Society of Rhode Island - $35,000 - to help enhance the capacity of the Society's development team.

Clean Water Fund, RI Chapter
- $50,000 – to support continued leadership on waste management solutions, as well as water issues and responses to climate change impacts in the urban communities of Newport, West Warwick and Providence.

Basic Human Needs

Our focus: to support community agencies that provide food, clothing, housing, and prescription assistance

Allendale Baptist Church Food Pantry, North Providence - $2,500
Blackstone Valley Emergency Food Center, Pawtucket - $5,000
Butler Hospital, Providence - $5,000
Capital City Community Centers, Providence - $5,000
Capital Good Fund, Providence - $5,000
Comprehensive Community Action, Inc., Cranston - $5,000
Dorcas International Institute of Rhode Island, Providence - $5,000
Haven of Grace Ministries, Woonsocket - $5,000
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center, Newport - $15,000
St. James Episcopal Church at Woonsocket - $15,000
Turning Around Ministries, Inc., Newport - $5,000
Welcome House of South County, Peacedale - $5,000
West Warwick Assistance Agency, Inc. - $5,000
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