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Every Rhode Islander Counts
By Jessica David / April 1, 2019
Our board of directors recently voted to send a clear message – every Rhode Islander counts, so every Rhode Islander must be counted.

Nonprofits serving LGBTQ communities receive nearly $60,000 in grants
By Chris Barnett / December 4, 2017
“These organizations work to ensure the health, safety and fair treatment of all LGBTQ Rhode Islanders,” said Adrian Bonéy, who oversees Equity Action at the Foundation.

Combatting the “summer slide”
By Lisa DiMartino / July 11, 2017
Learn about three programs the Foundation is supporting to help Rhode Island youth combat summer learning loss.

Markers celebrate community history
By Chris Barnett / April 24, 2017
Funded with our Centennial Community Grant, the first marker in Cranston's historical tour tells the tale of Spragueville.

Animal welfare groups awarded nearly $470,000
By Chris Barnett / November 14, 2016
We award nearly $470,000 in grants to fund 28 animal welfare programs across the state ranging from a low-cost statewide spay/neutering program for the pets of needy Rhode Islanders to humane education.

Working on solutions to the skills gap
By Jessica David / October 31, 2016
The Genesis Center will use our grant to increase education and training services that provide a 'bridge' to help unemployed and underemployed Rhode Islanders overcome the skills gap.

Third quarter grants benefit Rhode Islanders from Woonsocket to Westerly
By Jenny Pereira / November 18, 2015
Our grantmaking continued in the third quarter with more than $7 million awarded to organizations serving Rhode Islanders from Woonsocket to Westerly…and all our state’s cities and towns in-between.

Supporting Recovery leads to healthy lives
By / August 21, 2015
Reducing the stigma associated with substance-use disorders will improve access to supports for those in recovery, and that benefits everyone.

Our robust grantmaking continues in 2015
By Jenny Pereira / April 30, 2015
After a record-setting 2014, in which we awarded more money in grants than any year in our 99-year-history, we’re continuing our rigorous grantmaking in 2015. In the first quarter, our grants, both Foundation-directed and donor-directed, totaled more than $8 million.

Grants 'reflect the breadth and depth of our grantmaking'
By Daniel Kertzner / August 26, 2014
The Rhode Island Foundation awarded more than $15.6 million in grants to fund dozens of programs serving Rhode Islanders throughout the state in the first half of 2014.

Featured Post

  • RI Foundation awards $285,000 to Newport County nonprofits Posted last week
    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 3 weeks ago
    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.
  • Making science come alive Posted last year
    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 year
    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.
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