The Community 2000 Education Foundation is a, 501(c)(3) multi-community, charitable organization focused on building educational endowments and simultaneously funding scholarships, educational project grants, and two kinds of student awards.   In the spring of 2000, Chris Philips, a former chemist and Charlestown resident, incorporated the foundation and awarded two scholarships of $1000 each to Chariho students. Since then, it has evolved into an organization that supports fourteen distinct endowments with funds managed by the Professional Planning Group and the RI Foundation.

Financial support for Community 2000 comes from a combination of spring and fall golfing events, grants and individual contributions.  The typical range of individual contributions in a given year has been very large – from $5 to more than $20,000.  Total annual Community 2000 revenue has grown steadily since 2000 and is typically $150,000 - $200,000. The aggregate value of the the endowments is approaching $1.6 million dollars.

Community 2000 Need-Based Scholarship

The first of these endowments is the Community 2000 Need-based scholarship endowments for residents of Charlestown, Hopkinton and Richmond going on to college or additional technical training. For a description of our Scholarship Mission, scholarships. CLICK HERE.

Community 2000 Student Awards

A separate Community 2000  Awards endowment provides two kinds of student awards:  (1) the Chariho Career-development Portfolio awards, which are one-time, $1,000 awards to graduating Chariho seniors who have demonstrated an exceptional effort in researching and making a career choice, and (2) the Maddie Potts Spirit of Community Leadership awards that are given every June to Chariho students who have shown the special inclusive leadership qualities that Maddie Potts provided. For a description of our Student Awards, CLICK HERE.

Chariho Community Educational Projects (CCEP)

In addition to the scholarship endowments, Community 2000 supports two educational project endowments in an effort known as Chariho Community Educational Projects (CCEP).


pplication forms for educational project grants can be found at CLICK HERE.


Education is a life-long journey.  The ability to help our children through the formative and sometimes difficult part of this journey is special gift that our educators can bestow.  It is also a responsibility that the whole community owes to every child.  CCEP’s intent is to give our educators greater resources to carry out their role as catalysts for new ideas, opportunities, and unique or special services --- alternatives that might otherwise be lost for lack of available funding.

 Many of us can remember a parent, teacher, class, or coach whose special efforts, guidance and inspiration made “a difference” in our education and lives.  The overall goal of CCEP is to provide an additional tool for educators as they endeavor to encourage a stimulating atmosphere of excellence in education and life-long learning. The CCEP funding is intended to supplement existing, budgeted funds, providing “early support” from the private sector for ideas, opportunities and services that will substantially advance the educational process throughout the Chariho Regional School District.

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