Emergency grants at a time of need

 Andrew Schiff, Gayle Luby, and Anne Nolan accept emergency grant funds on behalf of the Rhode Island Community Food Bank, Good Neighbor Energy Fund, and Crossroads Rhode Island, from the Foundation’s Daniel Kertzner.
Many Rhode Islanders were struggling during the Great Recession. Thanks to the generosity of our donors, the Foundation went above and beyond its usual grantmaking to help alleviate some of the stresses struggling Rhode Islanders were facing.

From 2008 through 2012, the Foundation awarded a series of year-end emergency grants to organizations that had a long track record of providing direct services to Rhode Islanders in need. An unusual departure from the Foundation’s standard grant making program, organizations were generally unaware of their selection for the grant until just before it was formally announced.

Grants totaling more than $1.8 million over a five-year period were made to thirty-eight organizations that directly served the basic human needs of thousands of Rhode Islanders. These year-end emergency grants helped these organizations address some of the most critical needs Rhode Islanders experience during cold winter months including food security, emergency shelter, energy assistance, and other basic necessities.

The Foundation hoped to help many Rhode Islanders while also providing inspiration for others to give back to their communities at a time of great need.

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