Donors: Let's Do Something Great Together

See an unmet need in your community? Want to support the Rhode Island arts scene, public education, or health and human services? Ready to make a commitment to a cause you care passionately about?

Ready to give more?

In 2018, the Foundation awarded $52 million in grants to more than 1,900 nonprofit organizations. Many of those dollars come from designated or donor-advised funds -- funds that allow donors to choose how their dollars are spent.

This video from our 2019 Annual Meeting honors Tim and Kim Hebert, recipients of our Carter Inspiring Partner Award.

It's people like you -- donors and prospective donors -- who make our work possible. Get involved with the Rhode Island Foundation or get more involved. There are so many ways for us to work together. Let's make change happen. 

Our development staff is here to serve you. We can help you plan a fund or contribute to one.


There's so many things we need to do to help our inner city kids achieve their dreams and move their lives forward."

- Paul Choquette

Why Donors Do What They Do

Our donors support a myriad of causes, are inspired by many different things, and all have hopes for Rhode Island. Read their stories. 

The Benefits of Giving

Through the Rhode Island Foundation you can:

  • Create a living memorial
  • Receive grantmaking expertise
  • Discover many ways to give
  • Realize maximum tax benefits
  • Avoid administrative costs

Four primary ways to give

  1. Leave a legacy
  2. Create a fund
  3. Contribute to the Fund for Rhode Island
  4. Give to our Civic Leadership Fund

Give Online

You can contribute online to any of the more than 1,800 funds managed by the Rhode Island Foundation. The Civic Leadership Fund allows us to respond to immediate community needs. The Fund for Rhode Island, our permanent fund, enables us to make grants at our discretion. We also have a number of sector-specific funds dedicated to health, education, arts and culture, children and families, the environment, and housing. Search our funds, then give online today.

Related Content

2018: $52 million in grants

Thanks to generous donors, in 2018 we awarded $52 million in grants to more than 1,900 nonprofit organizations. Learn about our record year.

Jim Sanzi

Welcoming new partners

We welcome - and celebrate - our new donors, people who care about important issues, about community, and about helping others. Learn more.

We celebrate and thank the members of our 1916 Society.

An appreciation luncheon

At our 1916 Society Appreciation Luncheon, members learned about the good work being done by City Year Providence. Read Jim's blog post.


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