Lifespan Community Affairs

Lifespan Corporate Giving

Lifespan and its affiliate hospitals have a long-standing history of giving financial and in-kind support to projects, events and programs which benefit the local communities and are core to our mission. As a not-for-profit institution, Lifespan and its affiliates provide substantial uncompensated medical care as well as community support through education and research initiatives.

Lifespan also provides donation and sponsorships in our communities on an annual basis through the office of community relations. Our giving aims to support the health of all Rhode Islanders with a strategic focus on neighborhoods in the Greater Providence Metropolitan area, East Providence, Aquidneck Island as well as cities and towns which closely surround our hospitals.

We consider requests for funding, sponsorship and in-kind support for new and ongoing programs that intend to improve the health of the communities we serve and align within our key health focus areas.

This includes health education and prevention initiatives which targets cardiac disease/cardiac health, cancer, women’s health, pediatric health, mental/behavioral health, neurological sciences and infectious disease.

We also support organizations and institutions providing evidence based programming or degree programs that provide pathways to careers in health care. Other areas for consideration include community and environmental improvements with direct impact on community health. Please review our key focus areas for further information about the kinds of events, programs and projects we support. 

Lifespan's Key Focus Areas

Applications which align with the following areas of focus are considered with higher priority than others.

Health and Wellness Activities

This category supports programming and events which address the health of all Rhode Islanders especially with the core risk factors of:

  • Cardiac Disease/Cardiac Health
  • Cancer
  • Women’s Health
  • Pediatric Health
  • Mental and Behavioral Health
  • Neurological Sciences
  • Infectious Disease

Workforce Development and Higher Education

This category supports educational institutions in Rhode Island with programs which provide pathways to health care careers.

Community and Environmental Improvements

Delivering health with care extends beyond the physical buildings of our organization. As good neighbors, we welcome the opportunity to support non-profits with programs and events that specifically and solely support the neighborhoods around our hospitals in community cohesion and environmental improvements. Examples include but are not limited to street tree plantings, community gardens, community clean ups, and neighborhood park improvements.

This focus area is only eligible to organizations situated or serving the following zip codes: 02907, 02905, 02906, 02914, 02840, 02842, 02860 and 02863.

Requesting Funding

To be considered for funding, the requestor must be a certified 501c(3) organization and an online application must be completed and received eight weeks in advance of the event or program being submitted. Requests are reviewed on a rolling basis and you will be notified of a decision within four weeks of receipt of your application. Applications which demonstrate a measurable need in the community and are aligned with our focus and strategic priorities are considered eligible and awards are based on funding availability.

Lifespan does not support the following:

  • Individuals or personal fundraising efforts
  • Memberships
  • Multiyear pledge campaigns
  • Pageants, parties or trips

Please know that Lifespan does not grant renewable or automatic contributions to any organization.

Supporting Our Mission and Community

Lifespan and its affiliate hospitals have a long-standing history of giving financial and in-kind support to projects, events and programs which are core to the mission and benefit local communities.

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