RI Foundation to present prestigious awards

The Rhode Island Foundation gives out millions of dollars in grants to non-profit organizations right here in the Ocean State.

Neil Steinberg, President and CEO of the Rhode Island Foundation, joined the Rhode Show to talk more about the organization and their annual meeting that’s set to take place on Thursday night.

During the annual meeting, the foundation plans to tell more than 700 donors, grant recipients, and business and community leaders about their work that includes a record $31 million in grants to 1,300 nonprofits.

The foundation will also present prestigious annual awards which include: The Inspiring Partner Award, the Harold B. Soloveitzik Professional Leadership Award, and the Community Leadership Award.

Leon C. Boghossian III will receive the Harold B. Soloveitzik Professional Leadership Award, which honors professional and personal commitment to philanthropy. Boghossian is an attorney at Hinckley Allen whose principal practice is in estate planning. He is also president of the Board of Directors of the Sandra Feinstein Gamm Theater in Pawtucket.

The Inspiring Partner Award will go to Loulie Mauran Groton, a long-time Providence resident and philanthropist.  Along with her family, she created the Rainbow Fund at the Foundation. Rhode Island Hospital and the Community Preparatory Charter School are among the recipients of her philanthropy.

Farm Fresh Rhode Island received the Community Leadership Award. The Pawtucket-based nonprofit is growing a local food system that promotes the environment, health and quality of life of Rhode Island farmers and consumers. About to mark its 10th anniversary, the organization was honored for its work on initiatives including Market Mobile, Harvest Kitchen and “Bonus Bucks” as well as expanding the number of farmer’s markets.

The meeting will be held at the Rhode Island Convention Center.

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