We’ve Moved!

Effective June 1 we have moved our offices to 449 Thames Street, Unit 112, Newport, RI 02840.


vBCF is pleased to share its 2017 Annual Report.


vBCF Sponsored Lecture
Future of Historic Cities:
Perspectives on Managing Change

Randall Mason and Liliane Wong present on the preservation choices and opportunities historic cities grapple with in the 21st Century. The lecture was presented in support of the van Beuren Charitable Foundation's Landscapes and the Built Environment grants program. Videos of the complete lectures are also available.

Dr. Randall Mason
Chair, Historic Preservation, School of Design, University of Pennsylvania
Professor Liliane Wong
Chair, Interior Architecture, Division of Architecture + Design, RISD

Presented in August 15, 2014 in Newport, RI at the Stanford White Casino Theatre


Additional resources

Aquidneck Island Resilience Strategy Summary - 2017

Written by Christopher Condit and Pamela Rubinoff and published by the University of Rhode Island Coastal Resources Center and Rhode Island Sea Grant, located at the URI Graduate School of Oceanography, in collaboration with the Aquidneck Island Planning Commission.


Rhode Island Food Strategy

An Actionable vision for food in Rhode Island.


Rhode Island Innovates: A Competitive Strategy for the Ocean State

Prepared by Battelle Technology Partnership Practice in association with the Metropolitan Policy Program at Brookings with support from Monitor Deloitte and TEConomy Partners, LLC.


Rhode Island Aging in Community Final Report, June 2016.

Maureen Maigret, Chair
Subcommitee of the Long Term Care Coordinating Council

This report responds to passage of the Aging in Community Act of 2014 (RIGL 42-66.11)
sponsored by Senator Maryellen Goodwin and Representative Christopher Blazejewski.
The Act directed the chair of the state Long Term Care Coordinating Council to create an Aging in Community Subcommittee with the following purpose:

“to develop a plan to provide the needed infrastructure and program improvements in support services, housing and transportation that will enable the state's growing elder population to safely remain living at home and in community settings. The aging in community plan shall include an inventory of available services, identification of service and program gaps and resource needs. In addition to members of the long-term care coordinating council, the subcommittee shall include those members of the state's academic community with expertise in aging services and community-based long-term supports and services as the council deems appropriate.”


Senate Health & Human Services Committee
Mental Health Hearings, Findings & Recommendations
February, 2017.

A priority of the RI Senate has been to enhance the behavioral health service system in RI. There was a major emphasis on the opioid overdose epidemic over the past several legislative sessions, with a comprehensive package of legislation and budget investments adopted to address substance use disorders. However, substance use disorders are only one component of mental and behavioral health. These issues are complex, and finding solutions requires creative and comprehensive approaches. Unmet needs are high, and a state policy agenda of multifaceted interventions and investments is necessary to improve the mental health status of the Rhode Island population.