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Foundation awards nearly $270,000 to Newport County nonprofits
By Chris Barnett / June 20, 2018
“From enriching arts and educational opportunities for young people to underwriting critical health and job readiness programs, we are grateful to work with partners that are improving lives here in Newport County,” said Neil Steinberg, our president and CEO.

Progress requires a steady course
By Neil Steinberg / June 18, 2018
The following op-ed was published in yesterday's Providence Sunday Journal. It has been said that if you aren’t sure where you are going, you won’t get there. It’s true.

Letty A. (Spino) Raponi Memorial Fund, Ralph and Letty Raponi Charitable Fund, Ralph and Letty Raponi Tribute Fund
By Jean Cohoon / June 15, 2018
Through the years, Ralph and Letty Raponi, along with Ralph’s brother Anthony, have established eight designated funds at the Foundation. Three of those funds were established in 2017.

A summertime tradition of generosity
By Connie Grosch / June 13, 2018
Our Providence Journal Summertime Fund is once again accepting donations to send needy children to camp this summer. The goal is to make school vacation season brighter for youngsters within our community.

RIBizBuilder.com – helping businesses start and grow
By Jessica David / June 11, 2018
Local businesses are the backbone of our economy AND our communities. They shape the character of the places we live, employ our friends and family, and support our local nonprofit organizations. That’s why helping businesses start and grow is one of our economic security strategies.

Michael M. Makokian Fund
By Jean Cohoon / June 8, 2018
The late Michael Makokian taught in the mathematics department at Bridgewater State University for 44 years. Through this fund, his name will forever be connected to the university and its students.

Buy Local RI wraps up small business month with Golden Chicken Awards
By Jessica David / June 6, 2018
Small businesses are the backbone of our economy and our communities. They employ our people, keep money local longer, shape our places, and give to local nonprofits. For residents to have access to good jobs, we need strong independent businesses.

Achieving health equity
By Larry Warner / June 4, 2018
Equity - the principle that everyone has the opportunity to achieve optimal outcomes - requires that we address the social, economic, and environmental determinants of health.

Mary C. Speare Charitable Fund
By Jean Cohoon / May 31, 2018
“The Foundation supports causes that I care about, and it seems like a natural partner for me. - Mary Speare

Celebrating together
By Neil Steinberg / May 29, 2018
Hundreds of community and business leaders, donors, grant recipients, and other partners gathered at the Rhode Island Convention Center on May 24 for our 2018 Annual Meeting. Here are highlights of what our President and CEO Neil D. Steinberg told them.

Featured Post

  • Making science come alive Posted last month
    Thanks to our Carter Spark Grant, Narragansett Elementary School students just learned a lot about life around Narragansett Bay. Special education teacher Karen Festa used the grant to bring Save the Bay’s living “Bay Classroom Experience” to school.
  • Roger Williams' ideals come to life in scholarship recipients Posted last month
    The Rhode Island Foundation is sending seven high school seniors off to college with scholarships honoring Roger Williams, the state’s founding father.The four-year, renewable scholarships are through the Carter Roger Williams Initiative, which was launched last year by philanthropists Letitia and the late John Carter.
  • Carter fellowships inspire innovation Posted 2 months ago
    The recipients will receive $200,000 over four years to test and implement their proposals to dramatically improve life in Rhode Island thanks to the generosity of philanthropists Letitia and the late John Carter.
  • Grants will improve health of RI'ers Posted 3 months ago
    Our RIGHA Foundation Fund awards more than $280,000 in grants to promote primary health care.
  • Introducing moves to fuel growth and expansion Posted 4 months ago
    We are launching a new grantmaking opportunity, refining our strategic priorities, adopting impact targets and adding new staff positions to support work with partners, donors, nonprofits and community leaders.
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