Children classroom masks COVID-19

Health, housing and education top priorities in building racial equity

NBC 10 News

"What will it take to end racism? The CEO and president of United Way of Rhode Island… said it involves building equity in education, housing, health, as well as several other important factors. 'Our community will not thrive unless all of us are thriving,' Cortney Nicolato told NBC 10 News."

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United Way hopes to build racial equity with 5-year plan

NBC 10 News

"'When United Way says we’re building racial equity, we want to break the barriers that have been plaguing our communities of color,' Nicolato said. 'That means education… and job training. That means ensuring that policies aren’t… prohibiting people [from being successful]. We’re super excited about this work and committing $100 million over the next five years… to make that happen.'"

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The Innovation We Saw; The Innovation Ahead

SQA Group

"Telemedicine, remote everything, AI-as-a-Service… 2020 was undoubtedly characterized by emerging technology breakthrough… and industry disruption. But what will 2021 bring? While analysts... all over the globe are throwing predictions in the ring, as a Rhode Island-based... firm, we wanted to check in with leaders right in our own backyard to get their predictions."

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12 members of Forbes Nonprofit Council

12 Huge Myths About Nonprofits That Need To Be Dispelled


"Many misconceptions about nonprofits still exist, from the belief that nonprofits 'aren't really businesses' to 'nonprofit workers should be working for peanuts'... 12 members of Forbes Nonprofit Council come together to help break up these myths and explain why such misconceptions are dangerous to the industry."

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RI agencies receive funding for vaccine education for communities of color


"In their first joint community investment, the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation and Tufts Health Plan Foundation are giving $1 million to 42 organizations across the region to expand vaccine education, awareness and outreach in communities of color. Nine Rhode Island organizations will receive a total of $175,000 in funding."

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Brown staff members broke the world record for most backpacks filled with school supplies during the 2018 staff development day.

With focus on serving R.I., Brown deepens partnership with United Way

News from Brown

"Brown Gives has raised millions of dollars over decades to support United Way in helping Rhode Islanders in need, and the University has pledged a four-year commitment to support the organization’s new strategic plan."

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Vote Yes on 3

Local nonprofits create ‘Yes on 3’ campaign to approve housing bond

Providence Business News

"United Way of Rhode Island, HousingWorks RI, ONE Neighborhood Builders, the Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless, and R.I. Housing and Mortgage Finance Corp. announced Monday that they launched 'Yes on 3,' a campaign asking voters to sign off on the $65 million Housing and Community Opportunity bond question on the March 2 special election ballot."

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United Way of Rhode Island Commits $100 Million to Racial Equality

The NonProfit Times

"United Way of Rhode Island has earmarked $100 million over the next five years to promote racial equality in Rhode Island. The funding was announced alongside the launch of LIVE UNITED 2025, a new social good program."

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Perfect storm for RI charities: COVID restricts fundraising as need skyrockets

The Providence Journal

"We asked nonprofit leaders how charities are faring alongside COVID and the economic downturn. Cortney Nicolato, president and CEO of United Way of Rhode Island, puts it simply: 'There is a tremendous amount of need right now in Rhode Island.'"

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United Way to Hold 21-Day Equity Challenge

"In alignment with the goals of its recently released LIVE UNITED 2025 strategic plan, United Way of Rhode Island today opened registration for its 21-Day Equity Challenge that kicks off February 24. All Rhode Islanders are invited to commit 15 minutes a day to equity with the goal of understanding how inequity and racism affect our lives and our communities."

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Larry Warner Promoted to Chief Impact and Equity Officer at United Way of R.I.

"As a key member of the executive leadership team, Warner will lead United Way's efforts and strategies to build racial equity and opportunities for all Rhode Islanders."

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United Way Commits $100 Million to Build Racial Equity and Opportunities for All Rhode Islanders

"United Way's new 5-year strategic plan will address the root causes of the systemic barriers that have thwarted Rhode Island’s ability to thrive."

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United Way of R.I. the Recipient of $10 Million from Philanthropist MacKenzie Scott

"United Way of Rhode Island has received a gift in the amount of $10 million from philanthropist and novelist, MacKenzie Scott."

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United Way of R.I. Issues Request for Proposals, Makes $2M Available in Grants

"United Way of Rhode Island has released a request for proposals (RFP), making available $2 million in grants from its Community Impact Fund."

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Man Up, Inc. Wins Nonprofit Innovation Lab Pitch Finals, Secures $50,000 in Seed Funding to Implement Unique Community Solution

"Out of a pool of 5 finalists, Man Up, Inc. took home the grand prize of the Nonprofit Innovation Lab’s pitch finals on November 12, securing $50,000 in seed funding to support the creation of new economic development opportunities for previously incarcerated men of color."

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Secretary Gorbea, United Way of R.I. Launch 2-1-1 Voter Information Hotline

"With Rhode Island’s September 8 primary and November 3 general election fast approaching, Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea today announced a partnership with Island to launch the state’s new 2-1-1 Voter Information Hotline."

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United Way Sends $600,000 in ‘Rhode Island Recovers’ Grants to 41 Local Organizations to Support Continuity of Services

"Through a new funding program established to support nonprofits’ ability to continue their services to Rhode Islanders amid the COVID-19 crisis, United Way of Rhode Island (UWRI) has sent $600,000 in ‘Rhode Island Recovers’ grants to 41 local organizations."

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Exceeding Goal, 401Gives Raises $1.2 Million for R.I. Nonprofits in Single Day

"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 (UWRI)."

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COVID-19 Response Fund awards $1.2 million in first round of grants to local nonprofits

"Less than two weeks after the Rhode Island Foundation and United Way of Rhode Island jointly established the COVID-19 Response Fund, the organizations today announced a first round of crisis response grants to local nonprofit organizations."

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Calls to 2-1-1 for Help with Housing, Food, and Health Information Rose in 2019

"New data released today by United Way of Rhode Island (UWRI) shows requests to its 2-1-1 call center for help with primary basic needs increased in 2019 compared to the previous year."

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United Way, Social Enterprise Greenhouse Select 10 Fellows for Nonprofit Innovation Lab

"Leaders from ten Rhode Island-based nonprofits have been selected as Fellows for a unique social innovation program created by United Way of Rhode Island (UWRI) and Social Enterprise Greenhouse."

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