By using our new Donor Portal, you can view your fund balance, gifts to the fund, and grants made. In addition, donor advisors can recommend grants online. Written instructions regarding the functionality of the new system are available below.
We have created written documents to help you access and navigate the new, more intuitive Donor Portal. Click on any category heading of interest below to access step-by-step instructions.
- New account signup and logging in
- View gifts
- View grants
- Make grant recommendations (donor advisors only)
Frequently asked questions about the Donor Portal
The custom link within the auto-generated email should only be used to establish your password. Take note of the username and password you select and then visit the Donor Portal to access the system.
Fund statements can be accessed through the donor portal. Account holders will be notified by email when statements are made available in the portal.
Previous statements are still available in the prior DonorCentral system until that system is no longer available on June 30, 2023. As new statements are generated, they will be posted to the new donor portal. For prior statements, you can also contact us to receive a copy.
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, Stewardship and Cultivation Officer, 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.