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Rhode Island Free Clinic Welcomes New Board Member

The Rhode Island Free Clinic announces the appointment of two new members to the board of directors, Michele B. Lederberg and Jehanne Bjornebye, Esq....
THE RI FOUNDATION'S Fund for a Healthy Rhode Island is accepting grant applications for for efforts that will improve the health of under-served communities. / COURTESY THE RHODE ISLAND FOUNDATION

Fund for a Healthy Rhode Island taking grant applications

PROVIDENCE — Nonprofits have until April 2 to apply for $2.8 million in grants from the Rhode Island Foundation’s Fund for a Healthy Rhode Island,...
FLEXIBLE DOLLARS: David Caprio, president of Children’s Friend, a nonprofit social service and education agency in Providence, speaks to the kids at Friendship Center. Caprio says although individual and corporate donations make up less than 10 percent of the nonprofit’s budget, those are its most flexible dollars. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Nonprofits wary of tax law’s impact on giving

For nonprofits that solicit individual and corporate donations, one of the potential pitfalls of the new federal tax law is the doubling of the...
LOCAL TIES: Desmond Ranglin, president of the Jamaican Association of Rhode Island, launched the organization to support and advance economic growth and the political, social and cultural interests of local residents with ties to Jamaica. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Help for Jamaican immigrants

A new association seeks to harness the collective culture, spirit and interests of the Jamaican population of Rhode Island. This would include both Jamaican...
UNDERCOVER INVENTORY: Richard Fleischer, president of Project Undercover, which supplies diapers, underwear, socks and wipes to families in need, stands among the nonprofit’s inventory at its Providence warehouse.  / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Filling a need for diapers and more

When Richard Fleischer and his wife adopted two girls, ages 4 and 2, from India, the youngest was still in diapers – “a surprise...
The finished products. / COURTESY THE STEEL YARD

Steel Yard artisans meld art, function

Walking along a city street in Rhode Island, you do a double-take, smile, maybe nudge a companion and point to a trash can or...
ACCOMPLISHED: Among Norah Diedrich’s many accomplishments as executive director of the Newport Art Museum are creating a new position of director of community engagement and implementing two successful programs, “Art After Dark” and “Second Saturdays,” since joining the museum in April 2015. / PBN PHOTO/PAUL 
E. KANDARIAN

A passion for art education

When Norah Diedrich was 8 or 9 years old, growing up outside Chicago, she would entertain herself at home by engaging in a favorite...
PEER HEROES: Manny DeBrito, right, formed A’s be4 to train mentors to work with local youth. He’s pictured with Raymond Ramos (Batman) and his 4-year-old son Theo DeBrito. / COURTESY JACKIE YOUNG/JACQUELYN CAROL CO.

N.B. nonprofit develops mentors

Manny DeBrito has coached basketball for about 15 years, and the discipline has taught him what it means to be a mentor.It also helped...
HELPING HANDS: Keith Lang, executive director of 84-year-old, Cranston-based Champlin Foundation, speaks with Donna Maria Blanchette.  / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Five Questions with Keith Lang

1. The Champlin Foundation has a long history of philanthropy in Rhode Island. What are your primary areas of focus? Nearly 90 percent of...
PBN PHOTO/Michael Salerno

Five questions with Steven G. O’Donnell

1. After five years as the R.I. State Police superintendent and serving as the commissioner of the R.I. Department of Public Safety, why did...
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