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Guest MINDSETTER™ Edward Broderick: The Value of the Boy Scouts

Tuesday, May 03, 2016

 

The Boy Scouts of America just celebrated its 100th anniversary -100 years of instilling lifelong values and lessons. The timelessness of the organization is telling of its lasting effects on generations of Scouts. Anyone who was a Scout, raised a Scout, or knew a Scout can tell you what a positive and lasting impact the program has on youth.
 
But for those whose family members have not been a part of the Boy Scouts, how will they know the benefits? A recent study by Tufts University shows that boys who are Scouts show significant, positive differences in character attributes during developmental years than boys who are not scouts.
 
The study examined Scouts and non-scouts ages 6 to 12 over a period of three years who were not significantly different from each other in other aspects. Using qualitative data to track and compare the boy's progress, the study aimed to study the character development of youth. In tracking their responses through interviews and surveys, the researchers focused on six key characteristics: hopefulness, helpfulness, obedience, cheerfulness, kindness, and trustworthiness.
 
Boys in the Scout program reported that they felt they grew significantly in all six categories over a period of three years. Conversely, non-Scouts did not report an increase in any of the categories. In fact, many non-Scouts reported that they felt less cheerful, helpful, and obedient than when the study began. 
 
Over the period of the study, the Scouts saw a steady increase in learning and exhibiting positive social values. An important part of this study is the first-hand information that it relies upon. The youth are self-reporting, which means we get an insider’s view of the value of the Boy Scouts to these boys. The Scouts’ significant increases in character reporting shows that they feel like they have improved. The fact that they have improved is important, but so is the fact that these Scouts feel like they are more capable and have better social characteristics than when they first began. 
 
When asked what was “most important” to them, Scouts were more likely to choose “helping others” or “doing the right thing” over “being smart,” “being the best,” or “playing sports.” Non-Scouts on the other hand chose answers geared toward self-importance and achievement. The Scout program places importance on other-oriented values, like the ones observed by the Scouts in the study, which illuminates the impact that being a Scout has on their development.
 
To show further impact of the Scout program, youth in sports, youth in Scouts, and youth in both were compared on how they felt regarding other-oriented values. Sports teams generally aim to instill leadership and teamwork qualities into youth, just as the Scouts do. However, youth in the Scouts program scored higher than those involved in both or just sports. The Scouts program is a unique one, which supports that development of other-oriented values in a superior way.
 
Additionally, the amount of involvement the Scouts had in the organization made a difference. Those who participated more regularly and for a continuous period of time showed better outcomes in character development. This is to be expected, but even those who sometimes or rarely attended meetings saw an increased levels of trustworthiness, helpfulness, kindness, and thriftiness. This second dynamic within the study provides further evidence that the Boy Scouts is a positive and effective program for our youth. Those who have the time and resources to participate regularly excel, but even those who are less involved show a greater development of positive characteristics than those who are not part of the Scouts. Being a Scout makes a difference.
 
Becoming a Scout is one of the best ways to teach developing youth positive, lasting social values. An organization with 100 years of tenure in helping youth reach a higher potential, the Boy Scouts is a great way to teach core values that help youth succeed for years to come. The Tufts study shows what every person involved in the Scout program can tell you: being a Boy Scout makes a positive impact on youth that will stay with them through the rest of their years.
 
 
Edward T.  Broderick is the Council President of the Narragansett Council, Boy Scouts of America and President of Gilbane Development Company

 

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The following are the Rhode Island non-profits with the most assets, according to their last reported 990 filing.

The data was researched through ProPublica's 'Nonprofit Explorer" -- the entities that were ranked included colleges, universities, private schools, foundations, hospitals, healthcare, arts, and charitable community organizations.

The list does not include assets reported by credit unions, retiree healthcare funds, and certain trusts that pertain to out of state interests.

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#100

Company Name: Church Community Housing Corporation

Org. Type: 501(c)(3)

Fiscal Year Ending: September 2013

Total Assets:  $18,414,913

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#99

Company Name: Saint Antoine Residence

Org. Type: 501(c)(3)

Fiscal Year Ending: December 2013

Total Assets: $19,104,042

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#98

Company Name: Westerly Land Trust

Org. Type: 501(c)(3)

Fiscal Year Ending: December 2012

Total Assets: $19,209,042

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#97

Company Name: Gateway Healthcare

Org. Type: 501(c)(3)

Fiscal Year Ending:  June 2013

Total Assets: $19,531,455

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#96

Company Name: Amy Plant Slatter Foundation

Org. Type: 501(c)(3) 

Fiscal Year Ending: December 2013

Total Assets: $19,580,437

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#95

Company Name: Thundermist Health Center 

Org. Type: 501(c)(3)

Fiscal Year Ending: August 2013

Total Assets: $20,114,766

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#94

Company Name: Moses Brown School Foundation

Org. Type: 501(c)(3)

Fiscal Year Ending: June 2014

Total Assets: $20,471,216

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#93

Company Name: Lincoln School    

Org. Type: 501(c)(3)

Fiscal Year Ending: June 2013

Total Assets: $20,951,163

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#92

Company Name: Biogen Foundation

Org. Type: 501(c)(3)

Fiscal Year Ending: December 2013

Total Assets: $21,156,769

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#91

Company Name: FM Global Foundation

Org. Type: 501(c)(3)

Fiscal Year Ending: December 2013

Total Assets: $21,398,128

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#90

Company Name: Sharpe Family Foundation

Org. Type: 501(c)(3)

Fiscal Year Ending: December 2013

Total Assets: $21,512,369

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#89

Company Name: Gordon School

Org. Type: 501(c)(3)

Fiscal Year Ending: June 2013

Total Assets: $22,865,048

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#88

Company Name: Steere House

Org. Type: 501(c)(3)

Fiscal Year Ending: December 2013

Total Assets:  $22,970,587

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#87

Company Name: St. Elizabeth Community

Org. Type: 501(c)(3)

Fiscal Year Ending: December 2013

Total Assets: $24,392,335

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#86

Company Name: Shriners of Rhode Island Trust

Org. Type: 501(c)(3)

Fiscal Year Ending: December 2013

Total Assets: $24,638,985

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#85

Company Name: Child and Family Services of Newport

Org. Type: 501(c)(3)

Fiscal Year Ending:  June 2013

Total Assets: $24,703,612

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#84

Company Name: Rhode Island College Foundation

Org. Type: 501(c)(3)

Fiscal Year Ending: June 2013

Total Assets: $24,983,500

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#83

Company Name: Naval War College Foundation

Org. Type: 501(c)(3)

Fiscal Year Ending: December 2013

Total Assets: $26,604,533

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#82

Company Name: Redwood Library and Athenaem

Org. Type: 501(c)(3)

Fiscal Year Ending: June 2013

Total Assets: $26,637,542

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#81

Company Name: University Surgical Associates

Org. Type: 501(c)(3)

Fiscal Year Ending: September 2013

Total Assets:  $27,334,560

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#80

Company Name: Audubon Society of RI

Org. Type: 501(c)(3)

Fiscal Year Ending: December 2013

Total Assets: $27,786,166

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#79

Company Name: Children’s Friend

Org. Type: 501(c)(3)

Fiscal Year Ending: December 2013

Total Assets: $27,853,045

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#78

Company Name: University Medicine Foundation

Org. Type: 501(c)(3)

Fiscal Year Ending: September 2013

Total Assets: $28,132,698

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#77

Company Name: Home and Hospice Care of RI

Org. Type: 501(c)(3)

Fiscal Year Ending: September 2013

Total Assets:  $29,179,344

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#76

Company Name: Amica Companies Foundation

Org. Type: 501(c)(3)

Fiscal Year Ending: December 2012

Total Assets: $29,935,865

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#75

Company Name: Samuel Freeman Charitable Foundation

Org. Type: 501(c)(3)

Fiscal Year Ending: December 2013

Total Assets:  $29,940,503

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#74

Company Name: Woonsocket Neighborhood Development Corp

Org. Type: 501(c)(3)

Fiscal Year Ending: December 2013

Total Assets: $30,332,328

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#73

Company Name: TriMix Foundation

Org. Type: 501(c)(3)

Fiscal Year Ending: December 2013

Total Assets: $30,587,000

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#72

Company Name: Providence Public Library Foundation

Org. Type: 501(c)(3)

Fiscal Year Ending: June 2013

Total Assets: $31,820,384

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#71

Company Name: YMCA Pawtucket

Org. Type: 501(c)(3)

Fiscal Year Ending: December 2013

Total Assets: $32,833,487

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#70

Company Name: Times2 Inc

Org. Type: 501(c)(3)

Fiscal Year Ending: June 2013

Total Assets: $33,670,874

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#69

Company Name: Newport Restoration Foundation

Org. Type: 501(c)(3)

Fiscal Year Ending:  December 2013

Total Assets: $33,952,845

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#68

Company Name: Memorial and Library Association

Org. Type: 501(c)(3)

Fiscal Year Ending: June 2013

Total Assets: $34,034,112

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#67

Company Name: Feinstein Foundation

Org. Type: 501(c)(3)

Fiscal Year Ending: December 2013

Total Assets: $34,171,211

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#66

Company Name: PPAC

Org. Type: 501(c)(3)

Fiscal Year Ending: June 2013

Total Assets: $34,316,374

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#65

Company Name: Roger Williams Law School

Org. Type: (501)(c)(3)

Fiscal Year Ending: June 2013

Total Assets: $34,536,000

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#64

Company Name: Plan International USA

Org. Type: 501(c)(3)

Fiscal Year Ending: June 2013

Total Assets: $36,951,753

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#63

Company Name: Meeting Street

Org. Type: 501(c)(3)

Fiscal Year Ending: August 2013

Total Assets: $38,933,494

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#62

Company Name: RI Blood Center

Org. Type: 501(c)(3)

Fiscal Year Ending: September 2013

Total Assets: $38,937,953

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#61

Company Name: OSHEAN, Inc.

Org. Type: 501(c)(3)

Fiscal Year Ending: June 2013

Total Assets: $38,945,842

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#60

Company Name: Greater Providence YMCA

Org. Type: 501(c)(3)

Fiscal Year Ending: December 2013

Total Assets: $39,710,483

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#59

Company Name: Gordon Research Conferences

Org. Type: 501(c)(3)

Fiscal Year Ending: October 2013

Total Assets: $40,643,987

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#58

Company Name: CVS Caremark Charitable Trust

Org. Type: 501(c)(3)

Fiscal Year Ending: December 2013

Total Assets: $41,398,945

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#57

Company Name: ProvPort Inc. 

Org. Type: 501(c)(3)

Fiscal Year Ending: June 2013

Total Assets: $43,174,375

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#56

Company Name: St. Andrews School

Org. Type: 501(c)(3)

Fiscal Year Ending: June 2013

Total Assets: $43,939,583

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#55

Company Name: Jewish Federation Foundation

Org. Type: 501(c)(3)

Fiscal Year Ending: June 2013

Total Assets: $47,138,605

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#54

Company Name: Preservation Society of Newport County

Org. Type: 501(c)(3)

Fiscal Year Ending: March 2014

Total Assets: $49,797,781

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#53

Company Name: Jonathan Nelson Family Foundation

Org. Type: 501(c)(3)

Fiscal Year Ending: December 2013

Total Assets: $50,427,395

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#52

Company Name: Seth Sprague Educational and Charitable Foundation

Org. Type: 501(c)(3)

Fiscal Year Ending: December 2013

Total Assets: $50,926,807

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#51

Company Name: Rhode Island Hospital Foundation

Org. Type: 501(c)(3)

Fiscal Year Ending: September 2013

Total Assets: $53,927,147

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#50

Company Name: Landmark Medical Center

Org. Type: 501(c)(3)

Fiscal Year Ending: September 2013

Total Assets: $54,452,021

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#49

Company Name: Memorial Hospital

Org. Type: 501(c)(3)
 
Fiscal Year Ending: September 2013

Total Assets: $55,728,659

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#48

Company Name: Providence Community Health Centers

Org. Type: 501(c)(3)

Fiscal Year Ending: November 2013

Total Assets: $56,763,431

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#47

Company Name: LMW Healthcare

Org. Type: 501(c)(3)

Fiscal Year Ending: September 2013

Total Assets: $58,654,97

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#46

Company Name: Women and Infants Corporation

Org. Type: 501(c)(3)

Fiscal Year Ending: September 2013

Total Assets: $59,200,632

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#45

Company Name: Memorial Hospital Foundation

Org. Type: 501(c)(3)

Fiscal Year Ending: September 2013

Total Assets: $60,150,167

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#44

Company Name: International Tennis Hall of Fame

Org. Type: 501(c)(3)

Fiscal Year Ending: December 2013

Total Assets: $60,266,635

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#43

Company Name: North American Catholic Education Programming

Org. Type: 501(c)(3)

Fiscal Year Ending: September 2013

Total Assets: $60,857,704

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#42

Company Name: Westerly Hospital

Org. Type: 501(c)(3)

Fiscal Year Ending: September 2012

Total Assets: $61,548,498

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#41

Company Name: Tockwotton Home

Org. Type:  501(c)(3)

Fiscal Year Ending: December 2013

Total Assets: $64,755,230

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#40

Company Name: American Athletic Conference 

Org. Type:  501(c)(3)

Fiscal Year Ending:  June 2013

Total Assets: $66,670,782

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#39

Company Name: Clay Mathematics Institute

Org. Type: 501(c)(3)

Fiscal Year Ending: September 2013

Total Assets: $69,270,772

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#38

Company Name: 1772 Foundation

Org. Type: 501(c)(3)

Fiscal Year Ending: December 2013

Total Assets: $71,604,385

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#37

Company Name: Homeownership Affordability Trust Fund

Org. Type: 501(c)(3)

Fiscal Year Ending: June 2013

Total Assets: $73,861,423

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#36

Company Name: St. Joseph’s Health Service

Org. Type: 501(c)(3)

Fiscal Year Ending: September 2013

Total Assets: $77,002,711

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#35

Company Name: Wheeler School

Org. Type: 501(c)(3)

Fiscal Year Ending: June 2014

Total Assets: $85,169,605

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#34

Company Name: Karing

Org. Type: 501(c)(4)

Fiscal Year Ending: June 2013

Total Assets: $86,078,959

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#33

Company Name: Butler Hospital

Org. Type: 501(c)(3)

Fiscal Year Ending: September 2013

Total Assets: $87,976,25

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#32

Company Name: LG Balfour Foundation

Org. Type: 501(c)(3)

Fiscal Year Ending: March 2014

Total Assets: $97,794,510

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#31

Company Name: Roger Williams Medical Central

Org. Type:  501(c)(3)

Fiscal Year Ending: September 2013

Total Assets: $100,109,462

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#30

Company Name: Proprietors of Swan Point Cemetery

Org. Type: 501(c)(13)

Fiscal Year Ending: December 2012

Total Assets: $104,509,717

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#29

Company Name: Delta Dental

Org. Type: 501(c)(4)

Fiscal Year Ending: December 2013

Total Assets: $112,273,893

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#28

Company Name: South County Hospital 

Org. Type:  501(c)(3)

Fiscal Year Ending: September 2013

Total Assets: $115,062,718

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#27

Company Name: Charles & Agnes Kazarian Foundation 

Org. Type:  501(c)(3)

Fiscal Year Ending: November 2013

Total Assets: $124,783,232

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#26

Company Name: Bradley Hospital

Org. Type: 501(c)(3)

Fiscal Year Ending: September 2013

Total Assets: $129,964,006

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#25

Company Name: Dr. Ralph and Marian Falk Medical Research Trust

Org. Type: 501(c)(3)

Fiscal Year Ending: November 2013

Total Assets:  $131,058,917

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#24

Company Name: Neighborhood Health Plan

Org. Type: 501(c)(3)

Fiscal Year Ending: December 2013

Total Assets: $134,475,983

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#23

Company Name: URI Foundation

Org. Type: 501(c)(3)

Fiscal Year Ending: June 2013

Total Assets: $135,974,992

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#22

Company Name: Care New England

Org. Type: 501(c)(3)

Fiscal Year Ending: September 2013

Total Assets:  $129,665,881

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#21

Company Name:  American Mathematical Society

Org. Type: (501)(c)3

Fiscal Year Ending: December 2013

Total Assets: $140,161,469

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#20

Company Name: Newport Hospital Foundation

Org. Type:  501(c)(3)

Fiscal Year Ending: September 2013

Total Assets: $150,962,397

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#19

Company Name: Salve Regina University

Org. Type: 501(c)(3)

Fiscal Year Ending: June 2013

Total Assets: $153,779,495

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#18

Company Name: Kent County Hospital

Org. Type: 501 (c)(3)

Fiscal Year Ending: September 2013 

Total Assets: $169,139,183

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#17

Company Name: U.W. Eugene Higgins Charity

Org. Type: 501(c)(3)

Fiscal Year Ending: December 2013

Total Assets: $171,872,194

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#16

Company Name: Warren Alpert Foundation

Org. Type:  501(c)(3)

Fiscal Year Ending: December 2012

Total Assets: $195,020,101

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#15

Company Name: St. George’s School

Org. Type:  501(c)(4)

Fiscal Year Ending: June 2013

Total Assets: $195,282,099

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#14

Company Name: Champlain Foundation (Third)

Org. Type: 501(c)(3)

Fiscal Year Ending: December 2013

Total Assets:  $235,600,752

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#13

Company Name:  New England Institute of Technology

Org. Type: 501(c)(3)

Fiscal Year Ending: June 2013

Total Assets: $218,633,441

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#12

Company Name: Plan International Inc. 

Org. Type: 501(c)(3)

Fiscal Year Ending June 2013

Total Assets: $288,910,069

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#11

Company Name: Roger Williams University

Org. Type: 501(c)(3)

Fiscal Year Ending:  June 2013

Total Assets: $295,411,000

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#10

Company Name: Newport Hospital

Org. Type: 501(c)(3)

Fiscal Year Ending: September 2013

Total Assets:  $325,236,038

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#9

Company Name: Women and Infants Hospital

Org. Type: 501(c)(3)

Fiscal Year Ending: September 2013

Total Assets: $343,217,250

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#8

Company Name: Bryant University

Org. Type: 501(c)(3)

Fiscal Year Ending: June 2013

Total Assets: $375,442,504

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#7

Company Name: Miriam Hospital

Org. Type: 501(c)(3)

Fiscal Year Ending: September 2013

Total Assets: $439,298,535

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#6

Company Name: RISD 

Org. Type: 501(c)(3)

Fiscal Year Ending: June 2013 

Total Assets: $561,270,231

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#5

Company Name: Providence College

Org. Type: 501(c)(3)

Fiscal Year Ending: June 2013

Total Assets: $622,188,667

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#4

Company Name: The Rhode Island Foundation

Org. Type: 501(c)(3)

Fiscal Year Ending: December 2013

Total Assets: $736,167,411

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#3

Company Name: Johnson and Wales University

Org. Type: 501(c)(3)

Fiscal Year Ending: June 2013

Total Assets: $892,385,151

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#2

Company Name: Rhode Island Hospital

Org. Type: 501(c)(3)

Fiscal Year Ending: September 2013

Total Assets: $1,309,249,253

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#1

Company Name: Brown University

Org. Type: 501(c)(3)

Fiscal Year Ending: June 2013

Total Assets: $4,397,600,917

 
 

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