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Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Highly-Rated Charities in Rhode Island

Each week, Charity Navigator highlights a few of the highly-rated charities at work in one of the fifty states. Today we’re talking about five of the outstanding organizations at work in Rhode Island. 

The charities featured in today’s list are committed to providing opportunities for Rhode Island’s youth and important cultural connections for residents of and visitors to the state. They aim to preserve the state’s rich history and create a brighter future while maintaining the highest standards for financial health and accountability and transparency.

Westerly Public Library and Wilcox Park (Westerly, RI)
Stimulating the intellect and imagination by providing access to literature, information, nature, and the arts

The Westerly Library and Wilcox Park stimulates the intellect and imagination of its visitors by providing access to literature, information, nature, and the arts. The library first opened its doors to the public in 1894 and is located in the heart of downtown Westerly, Rhode Island. The Library is open 65 hours each week and maintains a collection that includes books, magazines, compact discs, DVDs and videos, all totaling more than 170,000 items. The Westerly Public Library is a great resource for the community--it has something for everyone of every age.

Blithewold (Bristol, RI)
One of the most fully-developed and authentic examples of the Country Place era

Blithewold, a 33-acre summer estate with grand views of Narragansett Bay, is nationally significant in American history as one of the most fully developed and authentic examples of the Country Place era. The property features a 45-room mansion filled with family heirlooms framed by a series of lovely gardens that range in character from mysterious to exotic and from poetic to practical. An exceptional collection of rare and unusual plants, specimen trees, an accessible greenhouse, and whimsical stonework project a character that is romantic, fresh and inspiring – and unique to Blithewold. The organization seeks to maintain this important property to teach and inspire its visitors.

Boys & Girls Club of Newport County (Newport, RI)
Great futures start here

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Newport County works to inspire and enable all young people, especially those who need help most, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens. For more than 50 years, the Club has offered quality programs to children and youth in its community. They provide critical services, including mentoring, academic programming, athletic activities and warm meals, to more than 1,700 members, aged 5-18, annually.

Providence Public Library (Providence, RI)
The library

Providence Public Library is an essential agency of public education and crucial to the infrastructure of its community. Since 1875, Providence Public Library has led residents of Providence and all Rhode Island to opportunities for lifelong learning and cultural enrichment. The Library provides free public library services through print, recorded, and digital collections, information resources, programs of interest and relevance, and expert staff. The Library is a committed partner with each individual in meeting their intellectual and cultural goals and with the broader community of reader/learners to achieve an informed, enlightened, and engaged citizenry.

Trinity Repertory Company (Providence, RI)
Your home for dramatic discoveries

Trinity Repertory Company is reinventing the public square with dramatic art that stimulates, educates and engages its diverse community in a continuing dialogue. They do this through nationally recognized stage productions, a professional resident acting company, graduate training programs offered in partnership with Brown University, lifelong learning opportunities, and arts education programs that reach students in grades K-12.

You can use Charity Navigator’s Advanced Search Tool and Discover feature to find even more highly-rated charities at work in communities across Rhode Island.

Written by Ashley Post, Communications Manager at Charity Navigator.

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1 comment:

Unknown said...

The Westerly Memorial Library and Wilcox Park is truly a treasure for the people of Westerly, her summer visitors and surrounding neighbors. The Library was established as a Civil War Memorial, therein its name. I am proud to have used this wonderful resource since I moved to Westerly in 1970. It has nurtured me, my growing children, my students, and now keeps me busy as a volunteer. There is something for everyone at the Library!
Marguerite (Margy) Long