Manage Your Fund Online
By using DonorCentral, you can view your fund balance, gifts to the fund, and grants made. In addition, donor advisors can recommend grants online.
Frequently Asked Questions About DonorCentral
How do I get a copy of my fund statement, and when are grants paid out?
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.
How do I get my user name and password?
We send you a user name and password with your initial registration to DonorCentral. If you've forgotten your password, click the 'forgot your password' link on the DonorCentral login page to have it sent to you directly. The email address that you submit via the 'forgot your password' link must match the one in your registration. Alternatively, you can email Paula O'Brien, advised grants administrator, who will help you access the site.
How do I add to my fund or other funds?
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 James S. Sanzi, JD, our Senior Vice President of Development, at (401) 427-4025, or send him an email.
If I have a donor advised fund, are there restrictions on the suggestions I make?
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.
Can you help me find effective charities to support?
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.