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Rising to the top in corporate philanthropy
By Neil Steinberg / January 29, 2018 /   Loading Disqus...

Over the early years in my banking career in Rhode Island, I had good mentors and role models who were very involved in the community. They showed me the importance of giving time, treasure, and talent to support the many good organizations and causes in Rhode Island and providing leadership on key issues of the day. It set me on my eventual path to the Rhode Island Foundation. 

That is why we are proud to partner with Citizens Bank and Rhode Island Monthly magazine on the new Common Good Awards, which recognizes outstanding corporate philanthropic leadership.


As the largest funder of nonprofit organizations in Rhode Island, we have a vested interest in promoting corporate philanthropy. We cannot achieve our philanthropic goals alone. Because our agenda is ambitious and the challenges we face are complicated, we must rely on many partners. Robust philanthropy in Rhode Island means more innovative programs, more critical services, and more community-building work is possible.

By supporting philanthropy in Rhode Island, companies can improve the communities around them, strengthen employee retention and recruiting, build teamwork and extend their brands more deeply into the markets they serve. First and foremost, there is the warm feeling of doing good by investing in your community. People give when they feel invested in their local communities, when they feel change is possible, when they feel respected and appreciated – when they connect themselves directly with what they see happening around them.

I am a big believer that everybody can be a leader. People are leaders because they want to improve their lives and the lives of those in the community around them. Thanks to this year’s Common Good Award recipients – Rondeau’s Kickboxing, Brokers’ Service Marketing Group, Coastway Community Bank, Hasbro, and CVS Health – for showing us the way.

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