We are a philanthropic organization dedicated to providing financial assistance via scholarships and grants to educational and animal welfare organizations in Rhode Island.


Supporting initiatives that enhance educational outcomes and opportunities for public and private students.

Animal Welfare

Celebrating the animal-human bond and ending animal suffering and mistreatment in all its forms.

About the Haydens

The Hayden Foundation begins with the story of Rhode Island business and community leader Don Hayden and his wife Elaine. The Haydens were true believers that work ethic, service, and education were the keys to life’s success. Both were committed to service and philanthropy throughout their lives. Their foundation continues the Hayden’s commitment to supporting students’ endeavors in STEAM and the Trades, and animal welfare programs.

“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”
- Winston Churchill
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