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Working with our partners to improve learning for all students
By Lisa DiMartino / May 11, 2018
Latino children in Rhode Island have the least opportunities and worst outcomes of Latino children in all 50 states. As the state’s leading philanthropic organization, we recognize that equity is at the core of our work and that the facts stated above are unacceptable.

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.

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.

Transforming Healthcare: Part II
By Larry Warner / November 2, 2016
Among the strategies employed by the Rhode Island Foundation to improve access to and quality of primary care is to “identify, test and spread innovative new approaches to health care”.

Improving workforce development
By Jessica David / June 7, 2016
Jobs are the foundation. Good jobs are central to a strong economy, equitable and prosperous communities, and family security. Every Rhode Islander deserves the opportunity for meaningful employment. And employers need a capable workforce to succeed.

Transforming Healthcare: Part I
By Larry Warner / May 27, 2016
Healthcare reform and transformation is a topic that affects people from all walks of life. As Rhode Island’s community foundation, we are active in the discussion of how the state navigates this journey towards a transformed healthcare system.

Helping educators improve their craft
By / February 24, 2016
This blog post is the first in a series designed to explore and unpack each of these strategies further. And while we’ll explore the first two further in future posts, I am taking the liberty of going out of order to start with our third strategy first: professional development.

Strengthening the business ecosystem
By Jessica David / January 14, 2016
The vision that guides our economic security initiative is a strong economic environment that allows all Rhode Islanders to prosper. We believe that the foundation of a strong Rhode Island economy will be quality jobs that allow our residents to support themselves and their families, and these quality jobs require robust enterprise and a skilled workforce.

Thank you for all that you do
By Neil Steinberg / October 2, 2015
I would like to thank all the nonprofits in Rhode Island for all that you do to serve the Rhode Island community.

Demystifying evaluation
By / September 1, 2015
Evaluation is one of those terms that can get a bad rap. Used well, and used thoughtfully, evaluation activities are simply tools to help you better understand your own work and to help arm you with information to make better, more-informed decisions.

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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