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We (Heart) Our Funders



The College Crusade is grateful for the support of so many funders who make our work on behalf of students possible. We especially want to thank the following organizations for their recent contributions.

Many thanks to The Angell Foundation, which is providing $75,000 to support our college completion programs at the state’s public colleges, for the second year of a two-year grant. The United Way of Rhode Island recently provided $49,972 in operating support as we enter the final year of a three-year grant. Cox Charities provided a $12,000 grant to support our after-school STEM initiatives for middle school students, and Bank of America has awarded us a $10,000 operating grant. Both have been long-term supporters of our students. We are also grateful to Collette, which has renewed its support with a $10,000 grant to fund services for high school students in Pawtucket. We thank the National College Access Network for a $10,000 grant as part of a two-year commitment to support our advocacy efforts and we welcome a new funder, Bristol County Savings Bank, which provided $6,500 to support programs for our students in Pawtucket. We thank the Mary Dexter Chafee Fund and the Harry M., Miriam C. & William C. Horton Foundation, which provided grants of $4,500 and $4,000 respectively. We also received a major grant of $160,000 from an anonymous donor to support our efforts to modernize our data systems and streamline our processes for gathering, analyzing, and sharing information with students, families, stakeholders, and funders.

In addition to these generous gifts from private funders, The College Crusade is thankful to be a recipient of $3.5 million in funds for the coming year from the U.S. Department of Education’s GEAR UP program, as part of a seven-year grant. As we enter our 20th year of GEAR UP funding, we acknowledge the invaluable support of our congressional delegation in securing these funds to benefit Rhode Island students. We also thank the State of Rhode Island, which launched our organization nearly 30 years ago and continues to be a crucial source of support. The state has provided a $355,000 grant through the RI Office of the Postsecondary Commissioner for this year.


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