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Carter Spark Grants launch a lively interest in STEAM
By Lisa DiMartino / March 20, 2019
A lively group of Fishing Cove Elementary School students gathered outside school Friday morning and launched rockets they built as part of an innovative program designed to make learning about gravity, trajectory and aerodynamics fun.

City Year Providence: helping to develop tomorrow’s leaders
By Jim Sanzi / October 30, 2018
Jennie Johnson, executive director of City Year Providence, shared stories of challenges and successes at a recent luncheon for members of our 1916 Society, made up of generous donors planning to leave an estate or future gift to the Foundation.

Our grantees are working to strengthen educator capacity and leadership
By Lisa DiMartino / August 10, 2018
Studies have shown that sustained, content-rich, and practice-focused professional learning by teachers leads to better student outcomes. Furthermore, leadership has been identified as second only to teaching among school influences on student success.

Progress requires a steady course
By Neil Steinberg / June 18, 2018
The following op-ed was published in yesterday's Providence Sunday Journal. It has been said that if you aren’t sure where you are going, you won’t get there. It’s true.

Working with our partners to improve learning for all students
By Lisa DiMartino / May 11, 2018
Latino children in Rhode Island have the least opportunities and worst outcomes of Latino children in all 50 states. As the state’s leading philanthropic organization, we recognize that equity is at the core of our work and that the facts stated above are unacceptable.

Partnering for better reading results
By Katie Murray / April 25, 2018
In 2012, Leo A. Savoie Elementary School was one of four elementary schools in Woonsocket to partner with the Learning Community Charter School and its professional development arm, The Teaching Studio, in a five-year partnership for targeted professional development in reading instruction.

FabNewport: Making a Difference
By Chris Barnett / September 11, 2017
FabNewport gives kids "a chance to play with materials, tools and machines with the support of expert coaching, a chance to learn at their own pace while surrounded with possibility."

A dogged dedication to innovative learning
By Lisa DiMartino / April 5, 2017
Lincoln Central Elementary School third-grade teacher Jeff Drolet is using a $994 grant from our Spark Grants program to teach students a lesson about the power of teamwork. Drolet’s “I-Kid-Arod” initiative uses dogsled races to capture his students’ imagination.

New partnership tackles “achievement gap” for English Learners
By Chris Barnett / September 30, 2016
State and local education officials and the Rhode Island Foundation are partnering on a nearly $500,000 initiative to tackle the “achievement gap” for students who are English Learners. The program will send 60 public school teachers back to college for intensive English as a Second Language Instruction and Dual Language Program training.

Seeding innovation in Rhode Island's schools
By / July 11, 2016
What do we mean when we say “innovation” in the education context? To us, innovative approaches in education are those new ideas that hold transformative promise to produce measurable results for a specific need in a sustainable and replicable way.

Featured Post

  • Rhode Island Foundation announces six recipients of college scholarships in the name of Roger Williams Posted last month
    The four-year, renewable scholarships are through the Carter Roger Williams Initiative, which was launched two years ago by philanthropists Letitia and late John Carter.
  • Rhode Island Foundation awards $285,000 to Newport County nonprofits Posted last month
    The grants, through our Newport County Fund, will underwrite a host of activities ranging from workforce training and after-school activities to preventing relationship violence and protecting vulnerable seniors.
  • $2.6 million awarded for behavioral health care Posted last month
    Six nonprofit organizations will use $2.6 million in grants to support primary and secondary prevention models and high-quality, affordable behavioral health care services across the state. The funding is the first from the Behavioral Health Fund at the Rhode Island Foundation.
  • Vision and commitment Posted last month
    Hundreds of community and business leaders, donors, grant recipients, and other partners gathered at the Rhode Island Convention Center on May 16 for our 2019 Annual Meeting. Here are highlights of what our President and CEO Neil D. Steinberg told them.
  • Rose Fund grants stimulate civic and cultural dialogue Posted 2 months ago
    The primary goals are to strengthen libraries and other civic, cultural and literacy-focused organizations and expand their role as community centers that stimulate dialogue around critical issues.
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