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Laurans Family Fund
By Jean Cohoon / April 9, 2019
“We believe strongly in giving back to the community and will continue to focus our giving on education and healthcare.” - Scott Laurans

Never Without Kindness Fund
By Jean Cohoon / April 2, 2019
The Never Without Kindness Fund, the initials of which are the same as those of the young man it honors, is designated for Wheeler School “with the express purpose of supporting mental health programming.”

Donald Farish Memorial Fund
By Jean Cohoon / March 28, 2019
“He cared deeply about creating educational opportunities for underserved urban communities and providing access to nontraditional students.” - Maia Farish

Stephen P. Morenzi Scholarship Fund
By Jean Cohoon / March 25, 2019
“Steve was a very dear friend and a tremendous part of my life...I couldn’t have asked for a better partner. He was such a genuine human being, and a part of him touched everyone he met." - Steve Iemma

Richard J. Gladney Charitable Endowment Fund
By Jean Cohoon / March 22, 2019
"Life is short. Who we are and what we do to help others is important. We should try to do as many good things as we can." - the late Richard Gladney

Keck Family Fund
By Jean Cohoon / March 18, 2019
“Being generous was a theme in my parents’ and grandparents’ homes,” Kim Keck recalls. Through this new fund, the Keck family tradition of service and giving will live on.

Alton H. Conn, Jr. Memorial Scholarship Fund
By Jean Cohoon / March 13, 2019
“Alton was more than a classmate and a great friend, he was my ‘brother,’ for we served together in the Marine Corps.” - Rick Taylor

Nancy E. and Fred R. Tripp Fund
By Jean Cohoon / March 11, 2019
“We both knew the importance of volunteering. I was interested in working with children in the schools and Fred served on many community boards." - Nancy Tripp

Ralph, Letty, and Anthony Raponi Tribute Fund
By Jean Cohoon / March 7, 2019
With the establishment of this designated fund, Ralph and Letty Raponi, along with Ralph’s brother Anthony, have established a total of nine funds at the Foundation.

F.A.F. Cares Fund
By Jean Cohoon / March 5, 2019
Adopting a family for the holidays, organizing food drives, and assisting homeless shelters are just a few of the activities the employees of Greenville-based Fashion Accessories First (F.A.F. Inc.) have supported through the F.A.F. Cares Program.

Featured Post

  • 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.
  • Carter fellowships inspire innovation Posted last year
    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 year
    Our RIGHA Foundation Fund awards more than $280,000 in grants to promote primary health care.
  • Introducing moves to fuel growth and expansion Posted last year
    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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