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Connie Grosch
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Bringing Roger Williams to life
By Connie Grosch / April 19, 2018
Roger Williams National Memorial park ranger John McNiff recently hosted a group of students from the Rhode Island Nurses Institute Middle College Charter High School.

Bringing back Gilded Age trees to Newport
By Connie Grosch / February 23, 2018
The Newport Arboretum and the Newport Tree Society partner with Rogers High School students to locate, document, and propagate Newport's most special and endangered trees.

Setting a course for a career in cybersecurity
By Connie Grosch / February 9, 2018
CyberPatriot is a national program created by the Air Force Association to encourage students to think about STEM careers. The Woonsocket High School and Middle School teams have participated in the National Youth Cyber Defense Competition.

Paying a visit to our grantees in the Blackstone River Valley
By Connie Grosch / November 16, 2017
Late last month, our Neil Steinberg spent time with a few of our grantees in the Blackstone River Valley to learn more about their work.

A journey to self-sufficiency
By Connie Grosch / October 13, 2017
Lucy’s Hearth was established in 1984 as a night-to-night shelter for homeless women and children of Aquidneck Island. Over the years, it has morphed into so much more – expanding its focus to help families live independently by gaining the life skills necessary to prevent future homelessness.

A walk in the woods
By Connie Grosch / October 10, 2017
A raven croaks from the treeline at the edge of the Audubon Society’s 28-acre Claire D. McIntosh Wildlife Refuge in Bristol. Flanked on either side by housing developments, the land slopes down from historic Hope Street to the Warren River near Jacob’s Point.

Feeding those who need help during difficult times
By Connie Grosch / September 29, 2017
“If anyone doubts that there are households struggling in South County, they should come and visit us because it’s very clear to us that it’s a big problem in our area,” said Kate Brewster, Executive Director of the Jonnycake Center of Peace Dale.

Building community with music
By Connie Grosch / August 9, 2017
More than 7,000 people joined us at Roger Williams Park last week for a wonderful celebration of community –a free concert by the Rhode Island Philharmonic. The event showcased one of our state’s cultural treasures in one of our best-loved places for the people of Rhode Island.

Seizing opportunities to learn and grow
By Connie Grosch / June 21, 2017
Through the movie, Hidden Figures, we're providing students at all seven Providence public middle schools with a message to seize opportunities to learn and grow.

Nonprofits create and manage a budget
By Connie Grosch / November 17, 2016
One of six workshops focusing on nonprofit fundamentals – a training series designed to help organizations that run without paid staff.

Featured Post

  • Making science come alive Posted last week
    Thanks to our Carter Spark Grant, Narragansett Elementary School students just learned a lot about life around Narragansett Bay. Special education teacher Karen Festa used the grant to bring Save the Bay’s living “Bay Classroom Experience” to school.
  • Roger Williams' ideals come to life in scholarship recipients Posted 3 weeks ago
    The Rhode Island Foundation is sending seven high school seniors off to college with scholarships honoring Roger Williams, the state’s founding father.The four-year, renewable scholarships are through the Carter Roger Williams Initiative, which was launched last year by philanthropists Letitia and the late John Carter.
  • Carter fellowships inspire innovation Posted last month
    The recipients will receive $200,000 over four years to test and implement their proposals to dramatically improve life in Rhode Island thanks to the generosity of philanthropists Letitia and the late John Carter.
  • Grants will improve health of RI'ers Posted last month
    Our RIGHA Foundation Fund awards more than $280,000 in grants to promote primary health care.
  • Introducing moves to fuel growth and expansion Posted 3 months ago
    We are launching a new grantmaking opportunity, refining our strategic priorities, adopting impact targets and adding new staff positions to support work with partners, donors, nonprofits and community leaders.
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