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R.I. Foundation awards $8.3M to 91 nonprofits

PROVIDENCE – The Rhode Island Foundation has awarded 91 nonprofit organizations a total of $8.3 million in grants to assist their efforts in housing,...

R.I. Foundation offering $2M in grants to address structural racism

PROVIDENCE – The Rhode Island Foundation is offering $2 million in grants through its new Racial Equity and Social Justice Program to help address...
HELPING HAND: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center volunteer Susan Barnes, right, assists a customer in the nonprofit organization’s food pantry in Newport.
PBN PHOTO/DAVID HANSEN

Soaring inflation hurting nonprofits in many ways

Ask Heather Hole Strout what keeps her up at night and she answers without hesitating. “Housing. It’s a big issue. Many we help have...

Businesses can do more for schools

Three years ago, R.I. Education Commissioner Angélica Infante-Green asked for more business support of Providence’s troubled public schools. The pitch was part of her...
IN THE WORKS: Pictured are ­
affordable housing units under ­construction on Bowdoin 
Street in Providence.
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How will R.I. use $250M to ease its housing woes?

Island has received $1.1 billion in federal money from the American Rescue Plan Act, passed in response to the economic effects of the COVID-19...
VITAL SERVICE: Ashlee Austin, right, site inclusive health clinician at Thundermist Health Center, meets with a patient at the 
center’s West Warwick location.
PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

Mental health providers are overwhelmed in R.I.

As COVID-19 began to creep into Rhode Island in early 2020, Michelle Crossley saw a steady increase in emails from people wondering whether they...
R.I. EDUCATION COMMISSIONER Angélica Infante-Green wanted the business community to be involved in improving the public schools in Providence three years ago. Now a new public policy report has, in part, renewed those calls but on a statewide basis. PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Calls renewed for business community to help with schools

Three years after R.I. Education Commissioner Angélica Infante-Green led the takeover of Providence’s failing schools with a plan that included the involvement of the...
KEVIN MATTA, board vice president for Diversity and Inclusion Professionals and Amos House’s chief human resources and diversity officer, is the 2022 Diversity Champion for Providence Business News' Diversity & Inclusion Awards program. / COURTESY KEVIN MATTA

Matta among 16 honorees for PBN’s 2022 Diversity & Inclusion Awards

PROVIDENCE – Kevin Matta, board vice president for Diversity and Inclusion Professionals and Amos House’s chief human resources and diversity officer, is among 16...
HOUSE SPEAKER K. Joseph Shekarchi, left, speaks on Wednesday at the Rhode Island Foundation about ways to boost the state's biotech and life sciences sector. Seated next to Shekarchi are, from left, Bob Coughlin and Travis McCready of JLL, Inc. PBN PHOTO/CHRIS ALLEN

Shekarchi backs new agency to boost biotech and life sciences

PROVIDENCE – On the heels of a newly released report looking at creating a more-thriving life sciences and biotechnology sector in the state, House...

R.I. Foundation offering $30K grants to arts, culture organizations of color

PROVIDENCE – The Rhode Island Foundation is partnering with the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts and the Rhode Island Council for the...
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