a total transparency approach
All of us at United Way of Rhode Island take pride in achieving the highest level of financial responsibility.
That means following a total transparency approach when it comes to showing our donors and the people in our community how we invest the dollars they entrust to us.
As a result, we have achieved a score of 100/100 for transparency from Charity Navigator.
Maximizing your contribution
We take the business of investing and managing your gift very seriously. The Better Business Bureau recommends that nonprofits spend no more than 35% on fundraising expenses; our fundraising and administrative costs as a percent of total spending has been approximately 19% in recent years. Moreover, this overhead is offset by a charitable trust created by Textron founder Roy Little in 1937 for our benefit. This means your donations directly fund programs that serve people in need. For more specific financial details, see the documents below.
Results, filings, and financial statements
IN THE NEWS
United Way starts 21-Day Equity Challenge
Rhode Island Monthly
"If you’d like to learn more about equity and its role in the fight against systemic racism, United Way… is here to help. Starting on Wednesday, February 24, Rhode Islanders can take part in United Way’s 21-Day Equity Challenge. Participants will receive a daily email that will feature different topics on racial equity, [including] racial identity, implicit bias… and allyship."
Labor Vision TV: LIVE UNITED 2025
Labor Vision TV
"Erica Hammond sits down with United Way of Rhode Island's CEO Cortney Nicolato. At the start of the new year United Way… introduced its LIVE UNITED 2025 strategic plan… The pair will discuss the importance of explicitly addressing systemic inequity, specifically racial inequity, and the role all of us can play in the fight against poverty throughout Rhode Island."
11 Ways Nonprofits Can Garner Feedback
Forbes Nonprofit Council
"As with any business, [nonprofits must] balance… where… donors want to go and what… [customers] desire… [and] find a way to make giving feedback as painless as possible… To help, 11 members of Forbes Nonprofit Council discuss how [nonprofits can] generate feedback from both donors and customers to better plot the trajectory of the organization."