Institutional Advancement

Office of Institutional Advancement


The Office of Institutional Advancement (OIA) leads the philanthropic efforts of the Community College of Rhode Island (CCRI). Working collaboratively with the CCRI Foundation and the CCRI Alumni Association, OIA promotes philanthropy to maximize the resources raised to support students in service of CCRI’s mission and institutional priorities through a donor-centered, comprehensive, sustainable plan. Our work reflects the high standards and ethics adopted by the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), and Uniform Prudent Management of Institutional Funds Act (UPMIFA), and is accomplished by creating relationships with our internal and external constituencies, fostering a spirit of engagement, mutual support and integrity.

CCRI Foundation

The Community College of Rhode Island Foundation is an independent, nonprofit organization governed by its Board of Trustees and managed by its Executive Director. The CCRI Foundation encourages and provides support from private funding sources for CCRI and its students. Funds are used for student scholarships, book awards, emergency relief, strategic programs, professional development initiatives, capital improvements and the purchase of educational equipment and resources. For more information, visit the CCRI Foundation website.

Alumni Association

The CCRI Alumni Association works with the CCRI Foundation to raise funds for the college, sponsor alumni engagement events for graduates and friends, and present annual scholarships, book awards, and emergency funding for students. Alumni Association membership is open to all graduates of the college. Since 1964, CCRI has graduated more than 80,000 students and the Alumni Association leverages the power of the CCRI network. For more information, visit the Alumni website.


Our goal is to support faculty and staff in seeking, obtaining and administering grant-funded programs and student support that uphold the mission of the College. The Office of Institutional Advancement leads the college's grants programs and supports faculty and staff obtaining external funding, developing an idea, coordinating funding opportunities, seeking external funding resources and empowering the program director once the project is funded. For more information, visit the Office of Institutional Advancement's website.