Champlin Foundation caps year at $18.1M in donations

THE LIPPITT HOUSE MUSEUM is one of 185 nonprofit organizations to receive a total $18.1 million in grants from the Champlin Foundation in 2017. / COURTESY LIPPITT HOUSE MUSEUM
THE LIPPITT HOUSE MUSEUM is one of 185 nonprofit organizations to receive a total $18.1 million in grants from the Champlin Foundation in 2017. / COURTESY LIPPITT HOUSE MUSEUM

CRANSTON – In a year-end recap, the Champlin Foundation announced Wednesday the organization donated $18.1 million to 175 local nonprofit organizations in 2017 with the aim of driving advancements in health care, education, workforce development, social and youth services, historical preservation and the arts.

“The Champlin Foundation is pleased to provide capital funding and other financial support to enable a broad range of organizations that do so much for the people of Rhode Island achieve even more,” said Keith H. Lang, executive director, in a statement.

This marks the 85th year the foundation has been in operation.

The breakdown of the foundation’s 2017 spending is as follows:

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  • Education: $3,519,645 via 29 grants
  • Health care: $3,289,910 via 19 grants
  • Libraries: $2,728,960 via 23 grants
  • Social Services: $2,522,575 via 29 grants
  • Youth Services: $2,063,115 via 39 grants
  • The Arts: $1,528,770 via 23 grants
  • Historic Preservation: $1,486,080 via 25 grants
  • Conservation & Parks: $1,319,545 via 10 grants
  • Animal Welfare: $64,400 via two grants

The youth services category also includes $400,000 for underprivileged Rhode Island youth to attend summer camp, the funding for which was awarded in 2017.

Notable grants include:

  • A $1 million grant for the renovation of Hasbro Children’s Hospital as well as a $700,00 grant to the Greenville Public Library for erection of a new entrance and parking lot expansion.
  • The Champlin Foundation awarded Farm Fresh Rhode Island a $500,000 grant toward the creation of a new building. The foundation also presented the YMCA of Greater Providence with a $379,825 grant to purchase new hot water heaters and boilers and new roofs for its Cranston branch.
  • A $294,085 grant was awarded to the Lippitt House Museum towards the cost of replacing its roof. The Providence Children’s Museum also received a $292,110 grant for a new roof from the foundation.
  • The University of Rhode Island received a $623,460 grant from the foundation to establish and outfit an artificial intelligence lab on its South Kingstown campus.
  • Rhode Island Zoological Society and Roger Williams Park Zoo received a $500,000 grant towards the construction of the new animal quarantine building.
  • Warwick’s Ocean Sate Animal Coalition used a $38,000 grant to purchase a box truck needed to transport animals to the spay and neuter clinic.

The foundation has awarded more than $569 million to fund Rhode Island capital projects since its inception in 1932.

Emily Gowdey-Backus is a staff writer for PBN. You can follow her on Twitter @FlashGowdey or contact her via email, gowdey-backus@pbn.com.

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