NEW: RI Foundation Announces Record Giving Year—$30.4 Million
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
"We thank our generous donors for working with us to address Rhode Island's challenges and opportunities," said Foundation President and CEO Neil Steinberg. "Their partnership is the reason 2012 was a record-breaking year in giving for the Foundation. We are inspired by their commitment to Rhode Island and grateful for their trust in the Foundation."
Of the $30.4 million grant total, $12.3 million was awarded in discretionary grants directed by the Foundation staff and directors, including:
$1.8 million from the Fund for a Healthy Rhode Island to build a stronger system of primary care;
Several major education grants including a grant to Save The Bay for education programs in urban communities and a grant to the City of Providence for the support of innovative partnerships with charter schools and public schools;
Support for winners of the first Rhode Island Innovation Fellowship;
Inaugural grants from the Black Philanthropy Initiative to support job training and financial literacy programs;
$739,575 to provide emergency assistance and basic human services to Rhode Islanders most in need, including support of the Emergency Winter Shelter Task Force and end of the year grants to the Rhode Island Community Food Bank, Crossroads Rhode Island, the Good Neighbor Energy Fund, and Westerly Area Rest Meals (WARM) Center;
More than $400,000 from the Program for Animal Welfare.
Civic Leadership Fund
In addition to grantmaking and fundraising, community leadership is central to the Foundation’s activities. In 2012, the Foundation launched the Civic Leadership Fund, which allows the Foundation to go beyond traditional grantmaking to provide leadership and a forum for dialogue on critical community issues. In its inaugural year, the Civic Leadership Fund raised $173,604 for immediate-use funds. The Civic Leadership Fund also supported Make It Happen RI, which brought together 300 private-sector stakeholders in September to brainstorm ways to jumpstart the state economy.
“Through our community leadership work, we are challenging Rhode Islanders to become active, engaged, and involved in the causes and issues they believe in and to work together for the good of our state,” said Steinberg.
In 2012, $5,681,964 was awarded to more than 100 Rhode Island nonprofits across six sectors: arts and culture, community development, education, environment, health, and human services. Additionally, the Foundation supports signature initiatives in two areas it believes are critical to the state’s economic wellbeing: education and primary health care.
Vice President for Grant Programs Daniel Kertzner noted, "Rhode Island's nonprofit organizations do the difficult work of addressing the many challenges facing our community. We are proud to invest in their activities and we are confident that together, we can strategically, effectively, and efficiently meet the needs of Rhode Islanders."
A list of strategy grants from the first half of 2012 are available online. The strategy grants since July 1, 2012 are:
2nd Story Theatre, $30,000
General Operating Support
AS220, $75,000* The Art of Community This grant supports AS220’s ongoing programming, public events, and workshops that help ensure creative opportunities remain accessible to individuals from a wide and diverse range of socioeconomic and cultural communities. Funds will also support planning for AS220’s Vision2020 long-term plan. *This grant was co-funded with $10,000 from a donor-advised fund.
American Federation of Teachers Foundation, $50,000
The Educator Evaluation for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (E3TL) Consortium
This grant is the third of four payments that serve as a partial match to the $2.5 million i3 grant received by the RI AFT to develop a teacher evaluation system. The system is currently in its first year of full implementation. The AFT continues to work closely with the RI Department of Education to ensure teacher quality.
Boys & Girls Club of Newport County, $23,036
This capacity building grant will support efforts to maintain the program quality and financial position of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Newport County (B&GCNC), which currently serves young people in 15 cities from Warwick to Westerly.
Boys Town New England, Inc., $35,000
Common Sense Parenting
Boys Town New England's mission is to change the way America cares for children, families, and communities by providing and promoting an integrated continuum of care that helps strengthen the body, mind, and spirit. The agency will establish the Common Sense Parenting® program in Rhode Island for parents and caregivers of at-risk children ages 2-17, with the long-term goal of decreasing the potential for a child's removal from the home due to abuse and/or neglect. The curriculum teaches parents practical methods to enhance positive interactions with children, combat challenging behavior, and implement effective discipline.
Bradley Hospital, $53,500
Improving Primary Care for Adults with Autism
This grant will support a collaborative team representing the Rhode Island Consortium for Autism Research and Treatment (RI-CART), based at Bradley Hospital, to conduct an assessment of 150 adolescents and adults with autism to determine the full spectrum of their primary health care needs (medical, dental, and vision) as well as barriers to obtaining primary care. The project will represent the state’s first examination of the health needs of adults with autism spectrum disorders and will result in a comprehensive report of findings and recommendations. Contact: Deborah Baum (401) 427-4055 [email protected] 3
Brown University, Annenberg Institute for School Reform, $50,000 Mayor’s Children and Youth Cabinet
This grant will provide support for the Providence Children's Youth Cabinet. The Cabinet, a coalition of Providence social service, education, philanthropic, and health organizations, works closely with the mayor's office and Providence school administration to improve Providence's schools.
Brown University, $149,854 Promoting Primary Career Choices in Rhode Island This grant to the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University supports the Promoting Primary Care Career Choices in Rhode Island program, which addresses the critical need to compensate primary care preceptors for their time spent with medical students as a way to promote careers in primary care. The program offers professional development for primary care physicians in the community in a way that connects excellence in medical education to best practices and innovation in the delivery of primary health care to Rhode Islanders.
Center for Leadership and Educational Equity, $50,000 Harnessing Momentum to Broaden and Deepen Impact The mission of the Center for Leadership and Educational Equity is to provide leaders with professional learning opportunities and support to create equitable outcomes in Rhode Island schools. This grant will support its two programs, the Principal Residency Network (PRN) and the Learning Leader Network (LLN).
Child and Family Services of Newport County, $60,000 General Operating Support
Childhood Lead Action Project, $33,230 Lead Poisoning Funding Sustainability Campaign The Childhood Lead Action Project works to eliminate childhood lead poisoning in Rhode Island through education, parent action, and advocacy. This grant will support staffing for a statewide coalition to advocate for sustainable sources of funding for Rhode Island’s Lead Poisoning Prevention Program, which has experienced a dramatic reduction in federal funds.
City Year Rhode Island, $100,000* In School and On Track City Year Rhode Island is an intensive mentoring program focused on fighting the student dropout crisis. Currently working in four Providence middle schools and one elementary school, Corps members offer whole-school initiatives as well as targeted interventions for students struggling with attendance, behavior, and/or course performance. This grant supports In School & On Track, a national program of City Year operating in 20 communities nationwide. *This $87,127 grant was co-funded with $12,873 from a donor-advised fund. Clean Water Fund, $45,000 Don't Waste Rhode Island Clean Water Fund, a national nonprofit research and educational organization, works to develop strong grassroots environmental leadership to improve the health, environment, and communities. This grant will support developing producer responsibility programs for mattresses and packaging materials; piloting “event sustainability protocols” in Newport; reducing bottled water usage through education and outreach; and monitoring municipal solid waste incineration initiatives and potential rollbacks of water quality protections.
Clinica Esperanza / Hope Clinic, $60,000 Healthcare Innovation Partnership Addressing Health Disparities The grant will support staff time to implement the Healthcare Innovation Partnership Addressing Health Disparities, which aims to improve primary care outcomes by increasing access to primary care, health screening, and health maintenance, in conjunction with increased health literacy.
Coalition to End Childhood Lead Poisoning, $75,000 Green & Healthy Homes Initiative Rhode Island Expansion This grant will help advance implementation and evaluation of the Providence Green and Healthy Homes initiative (GHHI), as well as explore the potential to expand the program statewide. The GHHI is a national program working in 16 sites around the country to leverage the nation’s investment in weatherization, energy efficiency, lead hazard reduction, and healthy homes interventions. The goal is to substantially increase the stock of green, healthy, well maintained, and sustainable housing in low to moderate income communities and to create substantially better health, environmental, and economic outcomes for residents and their children.Contact: Deborah Baum (401) 427-4055 [email protected] 4
Community MusicWorks, $67,000 General Operating Support Community Preparatory School, $10,000 Summer Programs This grant will assist Community Prep to engage Providence Public School students in a rigorous summer program to help reduce summer learning loss and challenge students to elevate their studies and motivation to learn. The program is a partnership with the Brown Urban Education program.
Conservation Law Foundation, $50,000
General Operating Support
Cornerstone Adult Services, Inc., $72,496 Continuation of the Community Partnership for Chronic Care Improvement
Cornerstone Adult Services is an adult day services organization in Rhode Island that provides innovative, high quality programs and services to frail elders and adults with disabilities. This grant will support staffing for its Community Partnership for Chronic Care Improvement project to assist with the care coordination and care management aspect of the patient-centered medical home care model.
Crossroads Rhode Island, $75,000
Intensive Pre-Employment Project
This grant supports the Intensive Pre-Employment Project (IPE), which aims to assist underserved homeless and very low-income clients to become employment-ready and transition to living-wage jobs. Specifically, the grant helps fund several program positions.
DARE, Direct Action for Rights and Equality, $18,750 The Tenants and Homeowners Committee The Tenants and Homeowners Committee is an innovative project that tackles foreclosure-based eviction in Rhode Island and keeps people facing foreclosure in their homes and off the streets. This project is the only one of its kind in the state working directly with people living in foreclosed properties to help them avoid eviction, and by doing so helps to keep affordable housing options available in Rhode Island.
Day One, $40,000
Children's Advocacy Center Expansion
The Children's Advocacy Center (CAC) at Day One is a community partnership of law enforcement, child protection, medical and mental health communities, prosecution and victim advocacy pursuing the truth in child abuse investigations so the child only has to tell of the abuse one time, reducing trauma to the child. Grant funds will allow the agency to expand to an additional site in Washington County.
Environment Council of Rhode Island Education Fund, $70,000 Coalition for Transportation Choices Since its formation in 2009, the Coalition for Transportation Choices (CTC) has convened a broad coalition of 50 organizations that has engaged policy makers in thoughtful analysis of sustainable funding options for supporting and expanding Rhode Island’s transportation system. ENE (Environment Northeast), $45,000 General OperatingSupport Energy Consumers Alliance of New England, $37,500 Advancing Clean Energy Policy in Rhode Island This grant of $37,500 will support the Energy Consumers Alliance of New England, doing business as People’s Power and Light in Rhode Island, in its work to advance clean energy policies in Rhode Island. In 2013, the focus will be to influence policies that will more aggressively reduce the state's greenhouse gas emissions while benefiting both the finances of individual households and the state's economy as a whole. Contact: Deborah Baum (401) 427-4055 [email protected] 5
Environmental Justice League of Rhode Island, $30,000 Community Environmental College This grant supports the Community Environmental College (CEC), an innovative model and proven program for developing high impact environmental knowledge and leadership skills among low-income youth of color in Rhode Island's core urban areas. With the support of Brown University's Superfund Research Program, the CEC is a model for university-community partnerships that has a proven record of generating leaders in the environmental community.
Fusionworks Residency Program
Fusionworks is a contemporary dance company and school whose mission is to engage and enrich the lives of others through modern dance performance and education. This grant will support its Residency Program, which provides 6-8 week school-based programs that incorporate modern dance into existing school-day curriculum. This $21,300 grant was co-funded with $6,000 from a donor-advised fund.
Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders, $50,000 Eliminating LGBT Exemptions in Rhode Island Laws Funding will support Gay and Lesbian Advocate and Defenders (GLAD) working collaboratively with Marriage Equality Rhode Island (MERI) to engage in a combination of grassroots organizing, public education, and legislative education to work for passage of same-sex marriage.
The Genesis Center, $38,240 Capacity Building This grant supports a key community-based organization that serves disadvantaged individuals across a full spectrum of services. Funding supports efforts to build the Center’s capacity to serve more adult students. Specifically, the grant provides partial support for two staff positions and a case management consultant. The George Wiley Center, $58,128
RI Low Income Energy Security Project
The George Wiley Center is a statewide group actively committed to local community organizing for the purpose of creating social and economic justice through changes in public policy. This second-year grant supports the agency’s work with the National Consumer Law Center in Boston to plan strategies for further short- and long-term solutions to the problems of energy insecurity for low-income Rhode Island households.
Grow Smart Rhode Island, $10,000 Historic Tax Credit Advocacy This grant supports Grow Smart RI’s continued advocacy for a revised state historic tax credit program through coordination of the Coalition for Neighborhood and Economic Renewal. The grant is leveraging additional support from Smart Growth America.
Island Moving Company, $40,000 Broadening and Engaging Audiences Island Moving Company seeks to develop dance as a valuable art form through presenting original works of choreography which connect audiences to their own emotions and provide a shared experience that transcends cultural boundaries. Funding will support staff time to build upon the initial success of the Great Friends Touring Project. Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) Rhode Island, $200,000 General Operating Support
Meeting Street Center, Inc., $60,000
General Operating Support
Mixed Magic Theatre and Cultural Events, $26,000
For more than a decade, Mixed Magic Theatre (MMT) in Pawtucket has presented original works that combine music and drama and reflect the history, lived experience, and aspirations of communities of color. This grant will support the work of an organizational development consultant on a capacity-building project to ensure that MMT can continue to serve communities of color in Rhode Island, Contact: Deborah Baum (401) 427-4055 [email protected] 6
an underserved population in the performing arts.
The Nature Conservancy, $65,000*
Capacity Building and “LEAF” Program Support The Nature Conservancy’s Rhode Island Chapter (TNC) will use this support to maximize conservation, restoration, and stewardship of Rhode Island’s natural lands, waters, and coastal areas; strengthen and build partnerships with local towns, state, and federal agencies; advance land protection goals around priority landscapes; engage a wider audience for natural resource conservation; contribute to the shellfish management planning process supported by the Foundation and other funders; and attract and leverage additional public funds for Rhode Island. *This $45,000 strategy grant was co-funded with $20,000 from a donor-advised fund to support TNC’s Leaders in Environmental Action for the Future (LEAF) youth training program.
Newport Art Musuem, $60,000 Engaging Audiences for the 21st Century The Newport Art Museum will use this grant to grow its marketing capacity, focusing on two significant milestones in the museum's history: the centennial of its education programs in 2013 and the sesquicentennial of its National Historic Landmark building, the John N.A. Griswold House, in 2014. Specifically, the grant will help support marketing staff and materials.
New Urban Arts, $55,000 General Operating Support
Olneyville Housing Corporation, $35,000
This grant will assist the Olneyville Housing Corporation to capitalize on current momentum and maximize several opportunities to significantly increase its ability to develop affordable housing, retain existing affordable housing assets, and address succession planning. Specifically, the grant provides partial support for the associate director position.
Pawtucket Citizens Development Corporation, $15,000
Capacity Building Affordable Housing Production This third-year capacity building grant provides funding to increase affordable housing production in Pawtucket and Central Falls. Specifically, grant funds provide partial support of the development associate position.
Pawtucket Citizens Development Corporation, $30,000
Project RENEW works to reduce prostitution in the Barton Street neighborhood of Pawtucket and Central Falls. The primary focus of the project is to provide commercial sex workers with intensive case management, HIV prevention education, and referrals to partner agencies.
Preserve Rhode Island, $47,000*
Historic Sites Coalition: Rhody Ramble II
Grant funds will support expansion of Rhody Ramble, a marketing collaborative among independent historic sites established last year to form a statewide umbrella to promote diverse, family-oriented programming. Rhody Ramble II will build on the success of last year’s efforts to include new partners and to build the capacity of the Historic Sites Coalition of Rhode Island for future, more complex collaboration. *This $41,000 grant was co-funded with an additional $6,000 from a donor-advised fund.
The Providence Center, $70,213
Recovery on Main Street
The Providence Center and the Greater Providence YMCA are partnering to open a second Anchor Recovery Community Center on the grounds of the Warwick YMCA. Anchor Warwick will mirror the Pawtucket Anchor Recovery Community Center programmatically, providing extensive community-based services from recovery coaching to employment support on-site for Rhode Islanders in recovery from substance abuse, while giving them the tools to improve their lives over the long-term.
Providence Plan, $50,000 YouthBuild Providence Diploma Program This grant is for the planning and implementation of YouthBuild’s diploma program, which serves Providence students who are identified by the school department as wanting to earn their diplomas but at risk for leaving school due to economic, social, or other Contact: Deborah Baum (401) 427-4055 [email protected] 7
reasons. This program was approved by and will be supported through funds from the Providence School Department.
Providence Plan, $130,000 Rhode Island DataHUB This grants supports the ongoing data and technology work behind the Rhode Island Foundation Community Dashboard, a new online tool that allows residents, policymakers, and stakeholder groups to become more engaged with the data and information that is central to enhancing Rhode Island's quality of life and economic well-being.
Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless, $68,745 Food Access Project for Homeless, Elderly and Disabled Rhode Islanders The purpose of the Food Access Project is to decrease hunger and food insecurity among homeless, elderly, and disabled individuals by increasing access to prepared meals through the utilization of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Programs benefits in authorized restaurants.
Rhode Island for Community & Justice, $30,000 24-hour Intake Centers Rhode Island for Community & Justice is a social justice organization dedicated to fighting bias, bigotry, and racism and promoting understanding and respect among all races, religions, and cultures through advocacy, conflict resolution, and education. Grant funds will be used to build a coalition to draft and advocate for legislative policy around 24-hour intake centers model, a best practice alternative used in other states to reduce the number of youth in secure detention and the tax dollars spent on incarceration.
Rhode Island Hospitality Education Foundation, $25,000
Program Support for Job Readiness and Training for the Hospitality Industry This grant supports the Rhode Island Hospitality Education Foundation in delivering an industry-specific training, the Skills Tasks and Results Training (START) program, in association with the East Bay Community Action Newport Skills Alliance Program and in partnership with the Aquidneck Island Adult Learning Center. Participants will have an opportunity to earn six hospitality industry certifications recognized at the state and national level. Specifically, this grant provides partial support for the training and case management.
Rhode Island Mentoring Partnership, $45,855*
Road to Quality Standards in Mentoring
The Rhode Island Mentoring Partnership (RIMP) aims to increase the number of Rhode Island youth engaged in quality mentoring relationships and to providing resources, support, and advocacy that fosters the growth and quality of mentoring programs statewide. This grant supports staff salaries and other costs related to a new training series for mentors and mentoring programs. *This $35,855 strategy grant was generously co-funded with $10,000 from a donor advised fund.
Rhode Island Natural History Survey, $40,000 Rhody Native This grant supports the Rhode Island Natural History Survey’s project, Rhody Native, which works with the state’s landscape and nursery industry to develop a line of native plants to grow and sell, meeting a rising local demand for native plants in landscaping and restoration projects around the state.
Rhode Island Public Radio, $75,000
Education and Health Care Reporting
This grant will continue to fund the salaries for the health and education reporters at Rhode Island Public Radio. The goal of the station’s reporting is to connect Rhode Islanders with the context they need to make informed decisions for themselves and their families.
Rhode Island School of Design, $48,000
Art + Design + Public Health + Public Spaces
With a goal of creating and sustaining vibrant, healthy living environments, this initiative proposes to use artists and designers working in partnership with community organizations to develop interventions to promote health behavior. The grant will support a planning year that will provide documentation and modeling that could position RISD to seek other sources of substantial, multi-year funding.
Saint Antoine Residence, $60,000Contact: Deborah Baum (401) 427-4055 [email protected] 8
Program Support for Job Readiness and Training for the Healthcare Industry This grant continued support of the delivery of the TEAMhealth (Train, Employ, Advance, Mentor), a certified nursing assistant training and career laddering program. Specifically, this grant provides partial staffing support and program-related expenses.
The Salvation Army, $20,000* Mobile Community Response The Salvation Army's Mobile Community Response (MCR) program utilizes its emergency services canteen to assist the increasing number of homeless people. Services include feeding and community outreach, bringing meals and hydration/warming services to sites of need, and providing on site referral services. Grant funds will support staff salaries and fuel costs. *This $15,000 strategy grant was generously co-funded with $5,000 from a donor-advised fund.
Save Bristol Harbor, $30,000* Predictive Habitat Model for Bristol Harbor & Surrounding Waters This grant will support Save Bristol Harbor’s continued leadership in developing a water quality assessment and management system in partnership with the University of Rhode Island, Roger Williams University, and the Town of Bristol. *This $15,000 grant was generously co-funded with an additional $15,000 from a donor-advised fund.
Save The Bay, $50,000 General Operating Support
Southside Community Land Trust, $30,000
The Rhode Island Food Policy Council: Strengthening our Capacity to Create a Sustainable and
Equitable Local Food System
Southside Community Land Trust is the lead organization and fiscal agent for this grant, which provides second year funding for the emerging Rhode Island Food Policy Council (RIFPC). RIFPC was formed as a strategy to complement the Statewide Agriculture Partnership, which primarily focuses on the supply side of Rhode Island’s agriculture sector, and to facilitate coordinated broad-based support for outreach activities, research, and policies that lead to an equitable and environmentally and economically sustainable local food system.
Third Sector New England, $25,000 State Policy to Safeguard Protected Land & Pursue Innovative Funding for Land Conservation Third Sector New England acts as fiscal agent for the Rhode Island Land Trust Council, an entity that fosters a sustainable land conservation movement in the state by supporting the missions and operations of land trusts through capacity building, education, advocacy, and providing a forum for their effective cooperation. This grant will support the Council’s 2013 policy agenda to defend and strengthen safeguards for Rhode Island’s protected lands, as well as explore opportunities for creating a new and innovative funding stream for land conservation in collaboration with leaders in the affordable housing and historic preservation communities.
United Way of Rhode Island, $200,000 Affordable Housing Bond This grant supported a public awareness campaign supporting the passage of the 2012 affordable housing bond, which allocated $25 million to finance the planning, development, and construction of long-term affordable homes for Rhode Islanders. *The strategy grant was for $100,000, with an additional $100,000 funded from the Foundation’s Emerging Issues budget.
URI Foundation, $50,000 Rhode Island Shellfish Management Plan This grant will support a stakeholder-driven process, led by the URI Coastal Resources Center and modeled after the Offshore Special Area Management Plan process, to develop a Shellfish Management Plan for the state. Funded in partnership with the Prospect Hill Foundation and the Sharpe Family fund, the planning process is a critical opportunity to comprehensively address complex economic, environmental, and social issues related to shellfish management in Rhode Island.
Quality of Care Improvement Initiative for Underserved Individuals
WellOne's mission is to provide excellent primary care and dental services to the residents of the Rhode Island communities they serve. The organization emphasizes promoting the highest quality of health for the individual and family as well as for the community. Grant funds will extend WellOne’s existing sliding fee scale program, which makes services available on a sliding scale to uninsured and underinsured individuals with income levels that are at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Level.Contact: Deborah Baum (401) 427-4055 [email protected] 9
Westerly Area Rest Meals, $50,000 Capacity Building This grant supports the WARM Center’s Greater Westerly Supportive Housing Expansion Initiative, an effort to increase services associated with affordable housing in Washington County, and assists WARM in continuing its efforts to transition from a shelter model to a housing oriented organization as a means to end homelessness. Specifically, this grant provides partial staffing support for the strategic initiative planner and case manager positions.
Westerly Public Schools, $59,674
The Westerly Parent Academy
The Westerly Parent Academy is a collaborative network of community-wide learning opportunities designed to support the overall success of youth, parents, and community members. Modeled after the Parent Academy in Springfield, MA, the Westerly Parent Academy will engage parents through a number of course offerings that will inform them about their child's education and provide instruction for parent improvement and employment. This program will serve as a state pilot that can be replicated if successful.
Women & Infants Hospital, $99,000
Women & Infants Hospital, part of the Care New England system, is committed to improving the health and well-being of women and newborns and to providing essential services regardless of ability to pay. The overall goal of the Family Van is to improve the physical and behavioral health of families in Rhode Island by increasing access to preventative health screenings, vaccinations, behavioral health services, and improving health education.
Women's Resource Center of Newport, $57,176 Primary Prevention Institute Through the Primary Prevention Institute, the Women's Resource Center will provide training and individualized technical assistance to program directors and executive directors at ten agencies across Newport and South Counties to embed primary prevention of teen interpersonal violence into existing youth programs.
Year Up, $55,000 Capacity Building The Year Up program serves a distinct and difficult-to-serve population, 18 to 24 year-old urban youth, with a mission of providing participants the skills, experience, and support to reach professional careers and higher education. This grant will assist the organization's efforts to double enrollment in 2013 to serve 240 students annually by providing partial support for several staff positions. Grant funds will provide matching grant support from the Salem Foundation.
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