Helping You Give Well


By using DonorCentral, you can view your fund balance, gifts to the fund, and grants made. In addition, donor advisors can recommend grants online.

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We have created both written documents and short videos to help you access and navigate DonorCentral. Under each category heading below, click on the words “written document” or “video” to access either one.

Frequently asked questions about DonorCentral

Register for DonorCentral and view your fund status and fund report anytime. Fund status reports are issued every six months, in mid-February and mid-August. For donor advised funds, grant recommendations may be submitted at any time. Recommendations that are submitted by Tuesday (except when it is a major holiday) will be paid on Friday.

To contribute directly to an endowment, you may donate online by credit card or mail a check to Rhode Island Foundation, One Union Station, Providence, RI 02903, indicating the name of the fund to which the gift should be directed. You also can give gifts of stock, include the fund in your estate plan, and more. Contact Kelly Riley, donor services administrator, at (401) 427-4028, or send her an email.

Generally, grants must be made to organizations that the IRS recognizes as tax exempt, charitable organizations under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code or to governmental entities for a charitable purpose. To comply with applicable IRS regulations, the Rhode Island Foundation’s Board of Directors retains the final responsibility for approving distributions from funds. IRS rules also dictate that grants cannot be used to fulfill personal pledges or for any other purpose from which you would receive a personal benefit. Examples include ticket or table purchases to a fundraising dinner, greens fees for a charity golf tournament, or pledges made to an organization.

Our professional staff can work with you to identify organizations involved in the causes you care about, including opportunities for you to co-fund projects the Foundation is supporting. Co-funding can enrich your granting experience, while freeing up Foundation dollars to support more worthy proposals. Contact us for more information. You can also make use of Guidestar, an online resource of federally tax-exempt organizations, to find organizations to support.