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PBN announces 2020 Best Places to Work honorees

Providence Business News

"Providence Business News has announced 66 honorees for its 2020 Best Places to Work program. Each of the companies recognized for this year’s program were judged based on human resources policies and confidential surveys of employees put together by Best Companies Group."

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Strength in numbers? Nonprofits eye an alliance

Providence Business News

"United Way of Rhode Island CEO Cortney Nicolato said COVID-19 has done “nothing but elevate” the need for a “true support network” for non­profits in Rhode Island... Nicolato believes a collective voice for nonprofits on particular issues – such as having them included in discussions about small-business funding – is a “critical avenue” to make politicians, policymakers and the public aware of their financial struggles."

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Grant helps Woonsocket Summer Learning run through COVID

Valley Breeze

"The Woonsocket Summer Learning Initiative, located in the C3 Center at 120 Northeast St. in Woonsocket, has received a $142,000 grant from United Way."

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Raimondo launches $7-million rental assistance program with United Way

Providence Journal

"Gov. Gina Raimondo on Friday unveiled a $7-million initiative with the United Way of Rhode Island to provide tenants with help paying back rent and securing legal representation, with a goal of reaching resolutions outside of the court and keeping people in their homes."

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Project HELLO: You had me at ‘how are you doing today?’

Providence Journal

"The woman whose thoughts on paper practically jumped up and got busy giving older Rhode Islanders a way to engage socially while keeping their social distance, had no trouble thinking of a name for the program or selling it to the director of the state Office of Healthy Aging."

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Affordable housing urged as ‘pathway to economic recovery’ in R.I.

Providence Journal

"I encourage our legislators, our advocates and our community leaders to be courageous, to be bold and to find the solution so that Rhode Island is truly a safe and affordable place to call home," Cortney Nicolato, president and CEO of the United Way of Rhode Island, said while hosting a Zoom call with other advocates and lawmakers on Thursday.

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401Gives raises more than $1.2M for nonprofits in single day

Warwick Beacon

"In a sign of unity that will impact the lives of tens of thousands of their neighbors, Rhode Islanders came together to raise a total of $1,252,786 during the first-ever 401Gives campaign powered by United Way of Rhode Island."

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United Way, R.I. Foundation create COVID-19 response fund to help nonprofits

Providence Business News

"In an effort to help nonprofits with direct-service programs impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, the United Way of Rhode Island and the Rhode Island Foundation announced Tuesday that the organizations jointly created the COVID-19 Response Fund."

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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.”