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Lisa DiMartino named strategic initiatives officer for the Education sector
By Chris Barnett / October 17, 2016 /   Loading Disqus...

Lisa DiMartino has been appointed a strategic initiatives officer at the Rhode Island Foundation, where she will lead its grantmaking in the Education sector.

Last year, the Foundation awarded $8.9 million in grants for education, supporting initiatives such as the Central Falls School Department’s We Are a Village program, the Highlander Charter School’s Center for Blended Learning and Teach For America, Rhode Island.

“Providing a high quality public education for every student is one of our priorities. Lisa’s background developing innovative educational programs makes her a great resource for us and a great adviser for our donors,” said Neil Steinberg, the Foundation’s president and CEO.

Most recently, DiMartino was associate director of the Northeast Office of the UCLA Center X, a nonprofit school reform initiative of the Graduate School of Education & Information Studies. Previously she was with the Education Alliance at Brown University and the Rhode Island Children’s Crusade.

The West Warwick resident earned a BA in anthropology at Rhode Island College, an MBA at Providence College and is pursuing her Ph.D in educational leadership at Lesley University.

DiMartino joins the Foundation as it marks its 100th anniversary this year. Founded on June 13, 1916, with a $10,000 gift from industrialist Jesse Metcalf, the Foundation’s assets have grown to nearly $800 million. Over the past five years, the Foundation has awarded more than $165 million in grants.

The centerpiece of the Foundation’s Centennial celebration is a $10 million campaign to restore Roger Williams Park. The work will include improvements to the park’s entrances, new signage, expanded walkways and bicycle paths and repairs to the Museum of Natural History, the Bandstand, the Casino and the Temple to Music.

The Foundation has already raised $6 million. The support includes $1.5 million from the Foundation itself as well as a $1.15 million gift from The Champlin Foundations to restore the historic Bandstand and Museum. In addition, more than 120 other donors have also contributed to the campaign.

The Rhode Island Foundation is the largest and most comprehensive funder of nonprofit organizations in Rhode Island. In 2015, the Foundation awarded a record $41.5 million in grants to organizations addressing the state’s most pressing issues and needs of 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.
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