MacKenzie Scott in Boston Globe

Local organizations benefited from Scott’s $4.1 billion giving spree

Boston Globe

"Author and philanthropist MacKenzie Scott announced in a blog post Tuesday that she has donated more than $4.1 billion in the past four months to hundreds of organizations, including several in New England… United Way of Rhode Island … received $10 million from Scott… Scott said her team looked at nearly 6,500 organizations and conducted research into about 800."

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Missing Out: Guest MINDSETTERS™ Casimiro, Melvan and Nicolato

Go Local Prov

“Nearly 60,000 of our state’s school-aged children (out of 153,000) lack access to afterschool programs, according to the "After 3PM 2020" report published on December 8… There is no question that Rhode Island children who cannot get into afterschool programs risk falling behind their more fortunate peers… 80 percent of students’ learning takes place outside of formal school.”

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United Way of R.I. makes $2 million available in grants

What's Up Newport

"The latest funding cycle is part of the organization’s ongoing commitment to support local nonprofits addressing systemic inequity and working to create a more equitable Rhode Island."

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United Way of Rhode Island answers the call during the COVID-19 crisis

Providence Business News

Excellence at a Midsize Company
“We had staff whose children were learning remotely, who were taking care of their parents, who were trying to take care of their own lives, and who were serving people who were scared and in great stress and in need of information... But I’m proud to say that our staff didn’t miss a beat.”

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Nonprofit Innovation Lab pitch winners

Meet Nonprofit Innovation Lab pitch competition winners

Rhode Island Inno

"Rhode Island Inno partnered with SEG and United Way to introduce you to the Nonprofit Innovation Lab this fall. You voted, and five nonprofit organizations ultimately had the opportunity to make their case to a virtual audience and panel of judges in a "Shark Tank"-style pitch event on Thursday night. At stake were a total of $100,000 in prizes."

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Opinion/Nicolato: Votes are cast. Time to get to work

Providence Journal

"Votes have been cast and voices have been heard. We are living in a world of uncertainty, yes, but also one in which there is far too much divisiveness. No longer can this be what defines us. It is time for us to come together if we are to move forward. Our communities cannot wait."

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Challenges for nonprofits reach unimagined heights

Providence Business News

"United Way and the Rhode Island Foundation partnered to establish the COVID-19 Response Fund in March and have raised more than $7 million to support nonprofits across the state. So far, the fund has distributed millions of dollars to more than 270 local charitable groups."

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Leaders urge Rhode Islanders to complete the Census


The Census decides where hundreds of millions of dollars in federal funding for things like education, housing, healthcare and transportation end up. Rhode Island state leaders were in Providence on Friday making one final push.

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Rhode Island launches 211 voter information hotline

Providence Business News

"Rhode Island residents with questions about voting during the coronavirus pandemic now have a one-stop resource to get the answers."

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Seeking Input for Nonprofit Resource Center

“The Design Team working with United Way of Rhode Island to create a vision and plan for a statewide Nonprofit Resource Center is seeking input from the community to help guide what the center could offer. The first virtual session will look at current nonprofit capacity, followed by a number of visioning sessions focused on brainstorming strategies to strengthen nonprofits.”

Olneyville Community Fund RFP Released

“Continuing its commitment to strengthening the neighborhood it calls home, United Way of Rhode Island has released a request for proposal (RFP) for funding from its Olneyville Community Fund. More than $100,000 in grants is being made available to nonprofits located in Olneyville and those whose work specifically serves the Olneyville community.”

11 Leaders Selected for Design Team

“Work to create a Nonprofit Resource Center to support Rhode Island organizations is picking up steam with the selection of the members of the Design Team that will be tasked with cocreating a vision and plan for what the effort will look like. United Way of Rhode Island… has named 11 nonprofit leaders to the team.”

401Gives Raises More Money than Ever

Rhode Islanders have done it again, rising to the occasion to support local nonprofits and their work during 401Gives. After kicking off at 6 a.m. on Friday, April 1, the effort that’s become the largest single day of giving in the Ocean State tallied $3.1 million raised for 507 different organizations.

United Way Hosts 10th Children’s Book Drive

United Way of Rhode Island’s Children’s Book Drive is back! From April 1 – May 25, we’re teaming up with Women United and Books Are Wings to help Rhode Island children build their own libraries at home. Join us by buying and shipping books, dropping off books at one of our collection sites, or hosting a drive.

United Way Gains $1M for Nonprofit Center

The vision… led by United Way of Rhode Island to create a statewide Nonprofit Resource Center has received… a $1 million commitment from the Papitto Opportunity Connection. The funding will help… accelerate the development of the business model… and will be spread across four years.

R.I.ers Invited to Join Equity Challenge 2022

United Way of Rhode Island is inviting residents throughout the state to commit 15 minutes a day to better understand how inequity and racism impact our lives and our communities. The organization begins its free Equity Challenge 2022 on Feb. 28, and Rhode Islanders can sign up to participate online.

What Cheer Flower Farm Wins Nonprofit Innovation Lab

“From a group of six nonprofit finalists pitching their new ideas, What Cheer Flower Farm emerged last night as the top winner of the second-ever Nonprofit Innovation Lab. They secured $50,000 during the program’s SPARKED! final pitch competition to help bring their idea to life.”

POC Becomes 401Gives Presenting Sponsor

“With exactly two months to go until the return of R.I.’s largest single day of giving in support of hundreds of local nonprofits, 401Gives has a special presenting sponsor for 2022: Papitto Opportunity Connection (POC). With the POC’s investment, United Way of Rhode Island will amplify community engagement, as well as expand the day’s prize and matching gift pools.”

Free Tax Prep Available to Rhode Islanders

“Through [the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program], individuals and families who earn $57,414 or less annually and meet program criteria can access no-cost tax services that help ensure they receive the money they’re due in tax refunds and credits.”

United Way of R.I. Seeks Design Team

United Way has placed a call for applicants for the Design Team that will be tasked with guiding the development of a statewide Nonprofit Resource Center. A total of 10 nonprofit leaders will be chosen for the seven-month project and receive a stipend for their participation. The deadline is Feb. 11.

Voting Begins for Nonprofit Innovation Lab

“Following months of honing their innovative ideas to create positive social impact in our state, leaders of six nonprofits will make their pitch to Rhode Islanders via brief videos in hopes of winning the Public Choice Award of the Nonprofit Innovation Lab. The voting opens Jan. 19 and ends on Jan. 24, with the winning organization receiving $5,000 in funding.”