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Strength In Donor Choice

The Fund for Community Progress is Rhode Island's Community Giving Fund - connecting donors to causes they care about.  By connecting donors to 25 different charitable agencies in our own communities we all become part of the solution to extinguish poverty, hunger, illiteracy, violence and discrimination.

For more than 30 years, The Fund for Community Progress has been leading Rhode Island in socially responsive philanthropy.  One dollar, one donor at a time- together we are helping our neighbors thrive.

How your donation impacts your neighbors ~

 Mental Health Association of Rhode Island

Jack lived on the streets of Providence for the past thirty years.  Jack’s rap sheet is ridden with arrests – all for charges associated with his chronic homelessness and refusal to use the homeless shelters. He considers basements, park benches, sidewalks and the spaces beneath bridges “home.”  Over the course of his three decades of homelessness, largely due to his cognitive deficiencies and paranoia, he has not engaged with mental health service providers. This lack of services results in a heavy use of the hospital and prison systems, which would have been greatly minimized if Jack had the support he needed to take care of himself.

A district court judge cancelled a bench warrant for Jack on the condition that he engage with social workers to successfully submit an SSI/SSDI application on his behalf. Just weeks after submission, Jack was awarded SSI and Medicaid. This funding allows Jack to live in supportive housing, properly care for his health, and participate in his community.  The ACCESS and SOAR programs of the Mental Health Association of Rhode Island help individuals like Jack every day to get the supportive services and intensive case management that they need to not only survive but thrive as members of our Rhode Island community.

2014 brochure

Letter To The Community,

When The Fund for Community Progress was established in 1982 it changed the nature of workplace giving, and we've been leading Rhode Island in socially responsible philanthropy ever since.  The Fund raises money for non-profit organizations dedicated to the causes our donors care about, such as the environment, economic opportunity, community and social change.

Last year, The Fund had revenues of almost $350,000.  Almost 3/4 of this funding came from workplace campaigns.  We are getting ready to kick-off this years' campaign in October. With the support of hard-working Rhode Islanders, The Fund has invested over $8 million in the infrastructure of Rhode Island over the last 33 years.  This year more than 55 corporations, banks, universities, hospitals, schools and municipalities will participate in our Annual Workplace Campaign.

 

In partnership,

 

Sally Turner,  Executive Director


 

 

 SAVE THE DATE

Friday, March 13, 2015

The Fund Roasts

WJAR TV 10's

DAN JAEHNIG

 


 

The Fund participates in the RI State Employees Charitable Appeal

SECA Code # 8000

 

The Fund supports ~

Neighborhood Health Stations Fund

A new approach that builds community as it improves the health of individuals.  With a pilot Neighborhood Health Station being launched in Central Falls, this new kind of organization will will provide a place for people in a neighborhood to get the medical services they need, and a place for neighbors to come together and grow together. 

For information on how to support Neighborhood Health Stations Fund:

NHSFConceptBrief.pdf


RI Lending Reform


Member of

Community Shares, USA

The Fund is an affiliate of Community Shares USA, a collaboration of federations that support community-based organizations and causes. These members play a vital role in advancing social, economic and environmental issues. CS USA works with regional and national employers to offer workplace-based giving campaigns.

 

Maria's dreams of homeownership were thrown aside when her husband passed away leaving her to raise four children on her own.  Upon the advice of a friend she contacted NeighborWorks Blackstone River Valley's HomeOwnership Center for help.  With their help, Maria closed on her new home this past March.  "After struggling for so long, I thought owning my own home was impossible but if you have a dream and work towards it, it will come true no matter what the circumstances or obstacles in your life," says Maria.

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