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URI Providence Campus

80 Washington Street

Providence, RI 02903

Phone: 401-277-5000


You Can Make A Difference

URI’s Providence Campus, through its many centers, programs, and through the Alan Shawn Feinstein College of Continuing Education, has been making a difference in the lives of Rhode Islanders for many years.  From partnerships with cities and towns to address the issues of urban life to educating students enabling them to live a better life, we have changed the landscape of Rhode Island.

Together we can continue to make a difference for Rhode Islanders through our giving program.

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Giving Opportunities

Gifts may be established as endowments or made on a individual basis.  Endowments may be named for, in memory of, or in honor of an individual or recognize and honor a corporation or a business.  The level of giving depends on the nature and scope of the donor’s interest.  Specific giving opportunities include:

  • Academic Skills Center
    Nontraditional, at-risk, and learning disabled students are served by the Academic Skills Center, which provides academic assessment, referral, study skills and strategies workshops, tutorial assistance, and other forms of academic support.  An endowment established for this center would provide interest to help support these important services.
  • Endowed Chair For Urban Programs
    An endowment for a renowned faculty chair will help to support and retain an expert in urban studies who would serve to further strengthen existing programs and attract outstanding students, distinguished lecturers and eminent scholars.
  • Lectureships
    Income from this type of endowment would provide support for a series of individual lectures or a visiting lecturer of national prominence.
  • Marketing and Internships
    Interest from this endowment supports ASFCCE’s Marketing Department in continuing to publicize URI’s Providence Campus as the regional leader in adult education.  A contribution to this endowment could also help to underwrite an internship position—a positive development for both a student and the department.
  • Student Scholarships
    Scholarship endowments provide students with tuition and/or book support based on academic achievement and/or financial need.
  • Urban Program Fund
    An endowment would be used to support urban initiatives, which include research into Urban Affairs, efforts to influence the development of community policies and programs, and development of partnerships with middle and high schools, state agencies, and community organizations, all to increase the quality of life and educational opportunities in our cities.
  • Urban Arts & Culture
    Income from this endowment supports our urban arts and culture program. A professional in the arts coordinates special programs for our students, the children in the Child Development Center, and the larger community.
  • Vice Provost’s Fund For Excellence
    Gifts to this fund provide discretionary funds to the Vice Provost for special needs, such as conference travel or staff training and may cover emergency expenditures as well.  A cash contribution in support of ASFCCE will go into this important fund.

Why give to CCE?

“At the Alan Shawn Feinstein CCE, we provide students with quality education and skills that they can take into the marketplace. Through our land grant designation, we develop Urban Programs to better the quality of life for our Urban Citizens and to provide them with additional educational opportunities.”
John H. McCray Jr., PhD
Vice Provost for Urban Programs

“Returning to school after raising my family was a major adjustment. The family atmosphere at ASFCCE and the warmth of the people there inspired me to complete my degree. I made a donation to ASFCCE to help others finish their education like I did.”
Anna DeMetrakas ’95, Hon. ‘00, Member,
College Advisory Board, and ASFCCE Graduate

Capital Campaign

URI is in the thoroughs of a major capital campaign.  The goal is to raise $100 million in campaign gift commitments by December 31, 2010.

Alan Shawn Feinstein has issued a challenge to the Providence Campus Community.  A staunch supporter of all levels of education, he has generously pledged to fund a $500,000 challenge grant that will match dollar for dollar to your gift of $12,000 or more to establish an endowed, named scholarship fund to benefit students enrolled in the Alan Shawn Feinstein College of Continuing Education (ASFCCE).  This endowment can be named for you or anyone you choose.

For more information, contact Joanne DiBello, 401-277-5174, jdb@uri.edu