Throughout 2016, we celebrated and honored the people, places, and traditions that make Rhode Island special.

Our Centennial

Two of the year’s signature events – our annual meeting and RWP Pops with the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra – brought people together in one of Rhode Island’s most treasured places, Roger Williams Park.

June 13, 2016

Annual Meeting

August 18, 2016

RWP Pops

To spark conversation and facilitate the exchange of ideas and values, we asked some of Rhode Island’s leaders, thinkers, and doers to respond to this prompt: This is what’s next.

We are proud to share 24 Community Contributions including that of Delta Dental’s Joe Nagle, Governor Gina Raimondo, and Francis Parra, executive artistic director, ECAS Theater, Providence.

Francis states, "So much potential lies within our borders, unrecognized and untapped, while we continue to search far and wide for solutions to our economic challenges." Read more here and listen below, as Francis shares her essay in Spanish.

With the goal of supporting community-building activities in each of Rhode Island’s remarkable cities and towns, we awarded grants to nonprofit organizations, municipal governments, and community agencies to fund efforts to build bike lanes, design walking tours, plant community gardens, and much more.

Celebrating our Centennial with $500,000 in grants for community-building across Rhode Island.

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We invite you to join us in our work to create a more vibrant and thriving community for the people of Rhode Island. Together, we can do great things!

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Investing in Our Community

Along with special celebrations and activities for our centennial, 2016 also was a year in which we focused on our strategic initiatives – economic security, educational success, healthy lives, and inspiring philanthropy; invested in each of our other grantmaking sectors – arts and culture, children and families, environment, housing, and basic human needs; launched the Roger Williams Initiative; promoted civic leadership; and much more. Only through the generosity of our donors, over the course of this year and the last 100, has all of this work been possible.



Are you ready to get involved…or more involved? Generous Rhode Islanders have established more than 1,400 funds at the Foundation that support nonprofit organizations that are important to them and causes they are passionate about. Each would welcome your support!

Find out how you can make an investment in the community. Explore our funds »

Preserving Roger Williams Park

Our centennial gift to Rhode Island is a $10 million campaign to restore and preserve Roger Williams Park. The “People’s Park” has attracted generation after generation of Rhode Islanders for more than 100 years, and we are committed to expanding programming, improving infrastructure, and stewarding the Park for generations to come.

We are grateful for the more than 140 dedicated partners - like The Champlin Foundations, which funded the Bandstand renovation pictured here – for supporting the Campaign for Roger Williams Park. Please consider joining these generous donors.

Every dollar counts! Help support Roger Williams Park. Make a donation today »

With appreciation and purpose, we look forward to 2017
and to the next 100 years.