In the holiday season good news department: The Rhode Island Foundation is kicking off the 100th anniversary of the foundation’s founding next year with a $10 million campaign to restore Roger Williams Park, a Providence jewel that has grown rough around the edges in recent years.
Details of the initiative will be unveiled December 8 at 10 a.m. at the park’s Museum of Natural History.
Foundation CEO Neil Steinberg, Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza and Keith Lang of the Champlin Foundations will provide details of the effort to restore the park to its 19th Century glory. Champlin will contribute more than $1 million to the restoration effort.
The foundation was founded in 1916 with a $10,000 gift from industrialist Jesse Metcalf of the prominent family that once owned the Providence Journal. Over a century, the foundation’s assets have grown to more than $800 million. Over the past four years, the foundation has awarded more than $120 million in grants to improve Rhode Island, including financing initiatives in education, health care, economic security and the environment.