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Helping Rhode Island children find homes
By Chris Barnett / January 23, 2018
Hundreds of children in state care need safe, stable foster homes. That’s why we’re joining with the Annie E. Casey Foundation to support a new initiative that will speed the certification of prospective foster families.

$265,000 in grants available to serve Newport County residents
By Chris Barnett / January 23, 2018
Our fund is focused on addressing the unique needs of the people in these communities. Collaborating with partners that have deep roots here gives us the resources and context to address local priorities.

Tiverton Library Endowment Fund
By Jean Cohoon / January 16, 2018
We’re very, very proud of the library,” states Stuart Horwitz, president of the Tiverton Library Foundation, noting the building’s functionality, its creative lay-out, and overall beauty.

Jennifer Reid promoted to CFO
By Chris Barnett / January 12, 2018
Jennifer Reid has been promoted to vice president of finance and chief financial officer at the Rhode Island Foundation. In her new role, Reid directs the finance, accounting, budgeting and investment functions for the state’s largest community foundation.

Drs. Shapiro and Nager Pets in Need Fund
By Jean Cohoon / January 8, 2018
“We’re hoping to help people with animals that need big ticket care…If we could help, it might make the difference between saving an animal or not." - Denise Shapiro, DDS

Former NY Times Co. CEO named to Board of Directors
By Chris Barnett / January 5, 2018
As President and CEO of The New York Times Company, Janet Robinson was responsible for all of the company’s business operations, including The New York Times, The International Herald Tribune, The Boston Globe, 16 regional newspapers and all corresponding digital properties, radio and television stations, digital acquisitions, distribution operations and newsprint manufacturing holdings.

Assessing the impact of Riverwood's Housing First program
By Katie Murray / January 3, 2018
For more than a decade, Riverwood Mental Health Services has tackled the challenge of ending chronic homelessness through its Housing First Rhode Island program.

David R. Levesque Fund
By Jean Cohoon / December 26, 2017
“I want to keep David’s name alive and for people to remember him for who he was at heart and what he loved most in life." - Donna Rucci-Levesque

Addressing alarming increase in  hunger
By Chris Barnett / December 26, 2017
Sparked by a recent report that hunger is at a 10-year high in Rhode Island, the Rhode Island Foundation announced a $100,000 donation to the Rhode Island Community Food Bank and challenged Rhode Islanders to pitch in during this time of extraordinary need.

Jan. 12 is deadline to apply for Metcalf Fellowships
By Chris Barnett / December 21, 2017
Students can received up to $7,000 to pursue self-designed enrichment projects that include travel. Past recipients have performed at a classical music festival in Rome, done a medical internship in Tanzania and volunteered at a Costa Rican orphanage.

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