Grantmakers Seeking to Influence Policy
When Rhode Island Gov. Donald L. Carcieri signed legislation this summer to establish a state funding formula for public schools, he didn’t do so at the Statehouse or a school: He signed it at the headquarters of the Rhode Island Foundation , a nod toward that philanthropy’s role in helping to devise and marshal support for the plan.
The community foundation worked intensively on multiple fronts to move the effort along, said Neil D. Steinberg, its president and chief executive officer.
“We funded research to support a funding formula,” he said. “We funded convenings of people across the state, and we actually went up [to the legislature]...
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