Community Impact Report FY19


Community Impact Report

Great things happen when we LIVE UNITED.


With 400 miles of beautiful coastline, rich history, and a unique charm all its own, there’s a lot to love about the Ocean State. But, with 90,000 Rhode Island households struggling — including 230,000 people — we're sure you'll agree it could be better.

That’s where United Way of Rhode Island comes in… and you. We’re passionate about helping Rhode Islanders by delivering much-needed services, funding programs that work, and providing one number for everyone to call when they need help: 211.


Take a look and let us know the areas that interest you and the changes you'd like to see in your community. With your continued support, we'll reach even more people and invest in even more proven programs.

Thanks to you, our Community Impact Fund has made a big difference over this past year; your generosity has impacted the lives of more than 50,000 Rhode Islanders.


Volunteer Center

The Volunteer Center is an online platform that allows local nonprofits to connect with Rhode Islanders interested in volunteering. The Center is currently used by more than 75 nonprofits and thousands of volunteers throughout the Ocean State.


Last year, 211 answered 181,373 calls, connecting Rhode Islanders with food, housing, addiction recovery services, and more. With support from Citizens Bank, 211 continues to partner with The POINT and visit communities throughout the state in its Outreach RV. 


MyFund is our free, online philanthropy platform that makes giving to your favorite charities quick, easy, and secure. Now, donating to more than one charity is easier than ever: search our database, click to send a gift, and print the statement... it's that simple.

Volunteer Income
Tax Assistance Program

More than 21,000 Rhode Islanders have received free tax preparation services through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program, resulting in $27,000,000 being returned to their pockets.

In partnership with Citizens Bank, we've invested $221,380 in VITA, a program that helped Rhode Islanders save more than $5,800,000 in tax preparation fees last year alone.

Hasbro Summer
Learning Initiative

Last year, 1,058 Rhode Island youth, spanning 9 communities and 13 sites, took part in the Hasbro Summer Learning Initiative, a program with a curriculum that emphasizes service learning.

In partnership with Hasbro, Inc., we've provided an innovative solution to summer learning loss, in the form of 210 hours of civic-minded programming that promotes community and citizenship.

Rhode Island
Afterschool Network

The Rhode Island Afterschool Network advocates for children across the state to ensure that they have access to quality afterschool and summer learning programs.

In addition, they encourage collaborations between schools and communities to ensure that the social, emotional, and academic needs of children are being met.



given by donors to our Community Impact Fund

Grantees helped

Rhode Islanders
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Adult Ed + Workforce Development

$ 449,697
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Afterschool + Youth Development

$ 1,049,831
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Financial Coaching

$ 504,340


$ 574,902
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Housing + Homelessness

$ 575,000
Olneyville Community Fund

Olneyville Community Fund

$ 90,000
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Summer Learning

$ 613,920
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$ 226,380


helped Rhode Islanders meet basic needs



helped Rhode Islanders learn and improve their lives

Young Leaders Circle participated in 12 events last year where they gave, advocated, and volunteered to help our neighbors. 

And since 2011, they've given more than $900,000 to United Way of Rhode Island.

YLC Executive Committee

Women United: Leading the Charge, Inspiring the Change.

Dedicated to childhood literacy, Rhode Island's Women United invested more than $135,000 in literacy and education programs last year. Since 2012, they’ve given more than $4.7 million to UWRI.

Women United Members

Last year, we partnered with 2,051 volunteers and 77 companies to deliver 4,926.5 hours of service, worth $132,129.

The result? We were able to distribute 30,020 books, 259 literacy kits, and 40,008 meals to our neighbors.

Company Volunteers


A snapshot of our annual finances from July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019.
(unaudited results)



Fall 2018

Five Questions with New President and CEO, Cortney Nicolato

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Fall 2018

Parting Words from Our Retiring President and CEO, Anthony Maione

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Fall 2018

Honoring FM Global, Armeather Gibbs, Steve Murphy, and Brian Hernandez

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Fall 2018

Supporting Caregivers Through the New Family Caregivers Alliance of Rhode Island

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Winter 2018

Fighting Hate: Our CEO Calls for Love and Unity

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Winter 2018

Advocating for Housing, Education, and Justice Reform in 2019

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Winter 2019

Supporting Aquidneck Island Through Winter Power Outage

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Winter 2019

On Location: The 211 RV Reaches Out to Government Employees

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Spring 2019

Young Leaders Dance the Night Away and Raise Money for Summer Learning

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Spring 2019

Introducing the First Cybercrime Recovery Hotline in the U.S.

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Spring 2019

Honoring 2019 Tocqueville Philanthropy Awardees Tom and Peggy Lamb

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Spring 2019

29,628 Books Donated in 2019 = 200,000 Books for Rhode Island Children

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Summer 2019

Financially Fit R.I.: A Partnership with Treasurer Seth Magaziner

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Summer 2019

Women United Members Raise $26,000 for Childhood Literacy at Power of the Purse Event

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Summer 2019

That’s a Wrap: Public Policy and Advocacy Highlights from 2019

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