Civic Leadership

To create a stronger, more vibrant community all voices must be heard, all of us must collaborate to solve important issues and seize emerging opportunities, and decision-making has to be backed by quality data. This is civic leadership.

Together RI attendee

Taking on critical issues

At the Foundation we've made civic leadership activities a linchpin of our strategy. Using convening and engagement tools that go beyond grantmaking, we are able to have significant impact on issues that are critical for our state today – and tomorrow – including improving our public education system, our state’s economy, and the health of all who call Rhode Island home.

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Over a meal

What happens when Rhode Islanders from all walks of life break bread and share conversations about our state’s future? Read on to find out.

Together RI

Tune in to Pioneers

This podcast series features Rhode Islanders who are ‘pioneers’ in their own right, on behalf of the communities they serve, and in their chosen profession.

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Be a Rhode Island change maker

Civic leadership efforts at the Foundation are funded in part by donations to the Civic Leadership Fund. Annual contributions to the fund allow us to:

  • Examine issues by commissioning research;
  • Create conversation through public affairs programs;
  • Advocate for policy change;
  • Convene leaders and incubate innovative ideas to craft solutions and;
  • Create a vision where Rhode Islanders with diverse interests and backgrounds come together for the greater good.

Now, more than ever, our state needs you to step forward. Consider giving to the Civic Leadership Fund today.

Donate to the Civic Leadership Fund

The Foundation has awarded nearly $600,000 in funding to encourage members of traditionally under-counted populations to participate in the 2020 Census. Why? Every Rhode Islander counts, so every Rhode Islander must be counted.

Census 2020 grantees