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RIBizBuilder.com – helping businesses start and grow
By Jessica David / June 11, 2018
Local businesses are the backbone of our economy AND our communities. They shape the character of the places we live, employ our friends and family, and support our local nonprofit organizations. That’s why helping businesses start and grow is one of our economic security strategies.

Buy Local RI wraps up small business month with Golden Chicken Awards
By Jessica David / June 6, 2018
Small businesses are the backbone of our economy and our communities. They employ our people, keep money local longer, shape our places, and give to local nonprofits. For residents to have access to good jobs, we need strong independent businesses.

Carmen Diaz-Jusino named strategic initiative officer for Economic Security
By Chris Barnett / April 16, 2018
“Carmen’s diverse experience in small business development and job training make her a natural to lead our economic security strategic priority,” said Jessica David, the Foundation’s executive vice president of strategy and community investments.

More skills, knowledge lead to higher quality jobs
By Jessica David / April 11, 2018
We know that quality jobs – which allow Rhode Islanders to support themselves and their families, prosper, save, and give back to the community – require skills and knowledge beyond the high school level.

Carter fellowships inspire innovation
By Chris Barnett / April 9, 2018
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.

Our economy needs quality jobs and prosperous businesses
By Jessica David / March 26, 2018
For our economy to truly thrive, we need both prosperous businesses and people in quality jobs, making wages that can sustain their families.

Evaluation guides improvements to new program
By Katie Murray / March 2, 2018
Foster Forward used formative evaluation – led by external researchers – to help refine and improve their youth employment program, Works Wonders.

Introducing moves to fuel growth and expansion
By Chris Barnett / February 22, 2018
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.

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.

Assessing the impact of Riverwood's Housing First program
By Katie Murray / January 3, 2018
For more than a decade, Riverwood Mental Health Services has tackled the challenge of ending chronic homelessness through its Housing First Rhode Island program.

Featured Post

  • Making science come alive Posted last month
    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 last month
    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 2 months ago
    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 3 months ago
    Our RIGHA Foundation Fund awards more than $280,000 in grants to promote primary health care.
  • Introducing moves to fuel growth and expansion Posted 4 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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