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Paul J. and Joyce T. Aicher Fund
By Jean Cohoon / May 25, 2018
Paul and Joyce Aicher were committed to social justice, volunteerism, and philanthropy throughout their lives, a legacy that continues nationally through the Paul J. Aicher Foundation and locally through this memorial fund.

Hon. Justice Victoria Santopietro Lederberg Classical High School Scholarship Fund
By Jean Cohoon / May 23, 2018
Victoria Santopietro Lederberg advanced through careers in higher education, politics, and the courts. From 1993 until her death in 2002 at age 65, she was a Rhode Island Supreme Court Justice.

John & Lillian Clegg Charitable Fund
By Jean Cohoon / May 14, 2018
It’s not uncommon for individuals who serve on nonprofit boards to work with the Foundation to establish funds to benefit the charities they helped lead. But John Clegg’s involvement with the organizations he and his wife are choosing to support runs much deeper.

Brightman Hill Fund
By Jean Cohoon / May 9, 2018
In establishing this fund at the Foundation, donor Ed Wood notes how he and his wife Linda now "have the joy of recommending the grants."

Tori Lyle Fund
By Jean Cohoon / May 4, 2018
“I want to help people better understand mental health issues and support organizations doing good work in this area.” - Tori Lyle

Nicholas C. and Allison M. Moore Fund
By Jean Cohoon / April 30, 2018
“It’s amazing. It’s a great town,” Nicholas Moore exclaims of Westerly and the the re-vitalization taking place there.

Taylor Strong Charitable Fund
By Jean Cohoon / April 27, 2018
“Rhode Island has a lot to offer. The quality of life is good here. We want to preserve it…and make it better.” - Dexter Strong and Maureen Taylor

Saint Elizabeth Community Fund for Quality Eldercare in RI
By Jean Cohoon / April 23, 2018
“We have the most extensive array of services for older adults of any senior care provider in Rhode Island." - Steven J. Horowitz, president & CEO of Saint Elizabeth Community

Karen Borger Holocaust Education Fund
By Jean Cohoon / April 20, 2018
“I knew I wanted to do something philanthropic, and I started thinking about what really matters to me. The Holocaust has always captured my attention as something that was so incredibly horrible, but we must continue to tell the story." - Karen Borger

Banigan Malm Fund
By Jean Cohoon / April 13, 2018
Rev. Raymond Banigan Malm has dedicated his life to issues of social justice, focusing on services for those with AIDS, teaching nonviolence, and currently, immigration.

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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