Community Forums

Via Rhode Island Foundation


To create NPR-style forums organized around six key sectors using radio and online

As a way to promote community engagement around pressing concerns in a state where residents are known for their fierce independence, this grant will create a series of forums to be broadcast on public radio station WRNI. The conversations will also continue online through various social media. The project strives to unite Rhode Islanders around major issues in health, education, arts, the environment, economic development and human services. Presenting in-depth information and a balance of perspectives will encourage innovative solutions to the problems contributing to Rhode Island’s economic challenges.

About the Organization: Founded in 1916, The Rhode Island Foundation is one of the oldest and largest community foundations in the United States, and one of the few to serve an entire state. The foundation strives to be a catalyst for positive change in Rhode Island by inspiring philanthropy and taking a leadership role in working with partners to address the state’s most pressing issues and the needs of its diverse communities. The foundation has invested more than $242 million in Rhode Island in the past decade, and has accepted gifts of more than $246 million during that same period. Its discretionary grantmaking focuses on six sectors: education, health, community and economic development, the environment, human services, and arts and culture. The foundation’s assets at the end of 2009 stood at more than $500 million.


Oct. 6, 2010
WRNI Community Forum: What Makes a Good Teacher?

Dec. 8, 2010
WRNI Community forum on Homelessness

Dec. 16, 2010
WRNI Community forum on poverty in RI


Project Team

Rhode Island Foundation