Rhode Island College Foundation

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The Rhode Island College Foundation is the primary source of private support to the college.

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Rhode Island College Foundation, established in 1965, is a separate entity that is devoted to raising funds solely for Rhode Island College. The foundation is the primary source of private support to the college as it achieves its mission to offer accessible higher education of the finest quality to traditional and non-traditional students from around the state, the region, and beyond.

As an independent organization represented by alumni and friends of the college, the foundation conducts itself with integrity, appreciates its beneficiaries, and works passionately for the enhancement of the college and its students.​


Mission 

The Rhode Island College Foundation, established in 1965, is a separate 501(c)3 entity that is devoted to raising funds solely for Rhode Island College. The foundation also exercises fiduciary responsibility over endowments and other philanthropic investments made to Rhode Island College.

Vision 

The Rhode Island College Foundation is the primary source of private support to the college as it achieves its mission to offer accessible higher education of the finest quality to traditional and non-traditional students from around the state, region and beyond.

Value 

The Rhode Island College Foundation conducts itself with integrity, appreciates its beneficiaries and works passionately for the enhancement of the college and its students.

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#GivingToRIC

Philanthropy is critical to the success of our institution and community. Giving helps provide students with scholarships so they can build academic momentum rather than worry about debt after college. Giving also ensures that students have access to state-of-the-art facilities and supports research and professional development that our faculty bring back to their classrooms.

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Annual Giving

The majority of Rhode Island College donors give unrestricted support, which means their gifts allow the college to fluidly maximize use of the funds, enabling timely investments in response to the greatest needs and opportunities on campus. Because these gifts are not specified to benefit a particular initiative, these donations can be leveraged across the RIC community, when and where support is most needed.

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Endowment & Scholarship Giving

These gifts honor individuals and reflect the gratitude of alumni for their years at RIC and are often endowed for the purposes of providing scholarships to students. Some gifts are demonstrations of admiration for former professors while others reflect a desire to assist the college in continuing to fulfill its mission. The income from endowments can be either directed or unrestricted, based on donor requests.

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Planned Giving

Choosing to leave a legacy, many donors to the college work with their financial advisors and staff at the foundation to bequeath portions of their assets. Planned gifts are typically made through an living trust or estate planning in support of specific purposes, especially in the area of student and faculty support, as well as to establish endowed funds.

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Reunion Giving

Making a special gift to Rhode Island College in your reunion year is a way to pay tribute to your RIC memories while affording today’s students the opportunity to make their own.

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Student Giving

Your time as a student at Rhode Island College is full of rich memories and wonderful experiences that will last a lifetime. The quality of your education and all the opportunities you receive here directly relate to annual contributions from alumni, parents and friends of the college. Students continue the tradition of paying it forward through individual gifts, fundraising, and volunteerism.

How To Give

Make a gift today online! You can use your VISA, MasterCard, AMEX, or Discover to make your gift to Rhode Island College safely and securely online.

Donations of cash are the simplest and most direct way to give to Rhode Island College and are deductible to the full extent allowed by law. Donations in the form of a check should be made payable to the RIC Foundation and mail to:

Rhode Island College Foundation
Kauffman Center
600 Mt. Pleasant Avenue
Providence, RI 02908-1991

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RIC Giving Ambassadors

As RIC Giving Ambassadors, our mission is to increase giving participation among the entire Rhode Island College community. With so many loyal and caring alumni, families, faculty, staff and friends, we are confident we can raise much needed funds to further Rhode Island College’s mission through a variety of initiatives each year.

Volunteers like you – who give and encourage others to do the same – are key to the success of #GivingToRIC. Thank you for joining us as we build a bigger and brighter future for Rhode Island College.

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Employees of Rhode Island College can choose to have their donation made directly to the college through the RIC Foundation Payroll Deduction Program. 

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Gifts of stocks and bonds that have increased in value (and which you have owned for more than a year) provide greater tax benefits than cash gifts and the benefits are two-fold. Your charitable deduction is based on the securities’ full fair market value on the day the gift is made, not your original cost. In addition, you completely avoid all capital gains tax on any appreciation. To request instructions on transferring a gift of securities, please call the office at (401) 456-8460.

Transform your one-time gift into an ongoing commitment to high-quality education. We will automatically bill your credit or debit card each month. It’s a budget-friendly way to make your gift to Rhode Island College go further, faster. 

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Real estate can be used to make a meaningful gift to the College and still provide lifetime benefits to the donor. Many people own real estate that has increased in value several times over the original purchase price. This gain, when realized in a sale, is taxed by the federal government and in some states by the state tax. If the real estate is not used as a primary residence, it does not qualify for the one-time exemption from capital gains tax for owners over the age of 55.

Many companies will match employees’ charitable gifts, sometimes doubling or tripling the donation. Some companies also match gifts from employee spouses and retirees. Please contact the appropriate office in your company. Fill out and return the matching gift form to:

Rhode Island College Foundation
Kauffman Center
600 Mt. Pleasant Avenue
Providence, RI 02908-1991

Your gift can be given “in memory of” or “in honor of” a student, graduate, teacher, relative or friend. This type of contribution is a thoughtful way to recognize or remember an individual’s life and accomplishments.

Whether you would like to put your donation to work today or benefit us after your lifetime, you can find a charitable plan that lets you provide for your family and support Rhode Island College. 

Speak to a Foundation staff member today.

Major Gift Pledge Form 

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