A message from the President & CEO of the Rhode Island Foundation

The Rhode Island Foundation has been a proud supporter of the LGBTQ communities for more than 20 years – offering uninterrupted grant support to organizations on the front lines of advocacy, youth services, health and more. Leading the Foundation provides me with a unique opportunity to celebrate the progress our communities have made and to shine a light on the challenges we still face.

As one of the oldest and largest community foundations in the country, the Rhode Island Foundation has a strong reputation as an honest broker, can convene people to tackle the biggest challenges we face, and is dedicated to meeting the needs of all Rhode Islanders.

Equality is a profoundly American idea, and a founding principle of our great country. We know that the vast majority of Americans support equality. It is our responsibility to share that sentiment – and more importantly, the actions that align with it – in all of our efforts.

My hope is the data in this report will help move us closer to that ideal.

David N. Cicilline
President and CEO, Rhode Island Foundation