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$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.

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.

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.

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.

Jewish groups receive nearly $36,000 in grants
By Chris Barnett / December 18, 2017
Five Jewish community organizations will receive nearly $36,000 in grants through our Bliss, Gross, Horowitz Fund. The work ranges from a collaboration with the Islamic School of Rhode Island to restoring an historic synagogue.

Animal welfare groups receive $470,000
By Chris Barnett / November 20, 2017
We award more than $470,000 in grants to fund animal welfare programs across the state ranging from low-cost spay and neuter programs and humane education to seal rescues and coyote education.

Inaugural Murray Family Prize for Community Enrichment awarded to Rob DeBlois, principal and founder of UCAP
By Chris Barnett / November 13, 2017
The inaugural Murray Family Prize for Community Enrichment at the Rhode Island Foundation was awarded to Rob DeBlois, principal of the Urban Collaborative Accelerated Program.

Investing for social and financial impact
By Chris Barnett / October 30, 2017
Our new Impact Investing initiative aims to invest up to 5 percent of our endowment, beyond traditional grantmaking efforts, in Rhode Island-based efforts that generate measurable social impact and a financial return.

Carter Fellowships support bold ideas
By Chris Barnett / October 19, 2017
Designed to stimulate solutions to Rhode Island challenges, the initiative is made possible through the foresight and generosity of philanthropists Letitia and John Carter.

Grants available to seed medical research
By Chris Barnett / October 2, 2017
We're offering grants of up to $25,000 to launch promising medical research proposals. The funding is intended to help early-career researchers advance their projects to the point where they can compete for large-scale national funding.

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