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Mary Lou Strong Fund
By Jean Cohoon / August 7, 2018
"Family – children, grandchildren – and good friends. Making a contribution to your world. Listening to people, learning about them, helping them.” - the late Mary Lou Strong on what is important in life

Ann Morris Female Athlete Scholarship Fund
By Jean Cohoon / July 24, 2018
A teacher and coach in the Warren schools for more than 25 years, Ann Morris was a “trailblazer for women’s sports in Rhode Island” according to her Providence Journal obituary.

Michael E. and Lida M. Contillo Scholarship Fund
By Jean Cohoon / July 19, 2018
“I’ve lived in Johnston all my life, and when I set up the fund, it gave me a good feeling." - Michael Contillo

South County Health Medical Staff Scholarship Fund
By Jean Cohoon / July 11, 2018
“The scholarships...help with the high cost of education and recognize students who deserve that recognition.” - Dr. David Chronley

Gloria Gemma Cancer Resource Fund
By Jean Cohoon / July 3, 2018
“We have such passion as a team and as an organization, and we believe that no one should go through cancer alone." - Maria Gemma-Corcelli, Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation

Janet E. Shuster Special Education Fund
By Jean Cohoon / June 22, 2018
“Janet displayed an outsized kindness to her students and taught them, above all, the dignity of their own lives,” - George Shuster, Jr. (son of Janet Shuster)

Letty A. (Spino) Raponi Memorial Fund, Ralph and Letty Raponi Charitable Fund, Ralph and Letty Raponi Tribute Fund
By Jean Cohoon / June 15, 2018
Through the years, Ralph and Letty Raponi, along with Ralph’s brother Anthony, have established eight designated funds at the Foundation. Three of those funds were established in 2017.

Michael M. Makokian Fund
By Jean Cohoon / June 8, 2018
The late Michael Makokian taught in the mathematics department at Bridgewater State University for 44 years. Through this fund, his name will forever be connected to the university and its students.

Mary C. Speare Charitable Fund
By Jean Cohoon / May 31, 2018
“The Foundation supports causes that I care about, and it seems like a natural partner for me. - Mary Speare

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.

Featured Post

  • Making science come alive Posted 3 months ago
    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 4 months 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 4 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 5 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 6 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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