Founded in 1916, the Rhode Island Foundation is one of the nation's oldest and largest community foundations. We are Rhode Island's only community foundation and the largest funder of Rhode Island's nonprofit sector. The Rhode Island Foundation is a proactive community and philanthropic leader dedicated to meeting the needs of the people of Rhode Island. In 2017, the Foundation awarded $43 MILLION IN GRANTS to more than 1,700 nonprofit organizations, and we continued our commitment to address the state's most pressing issues and needs of diverse communities.