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Dr. Nicole Alexander-Scott, Director of RI Dept. of Health addresses the media in November 2021. MARK STOCKWELL FOR THE BOSTON GLOBE

RI health dir. Alexander-Scott stepping down

The Boston Globe

"United Way of Rhode Island chief impact and equity officer Larry Warner said [the departure of] Alexander-Scott was another example of a R.I. leader of color whose tenure was cut too short... 'We've been responding to a five-alarm public health crisis for two years, and it's clear that the public health chief has not been in charge.'"

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Graphic with headshots of nine members of Forbes Nonprofit Council who share steps to build a self-funding nonprofit model.

9 Steps To Build A Self-Funding Nonprofit

Forbes Nonprofit Council

"One goal for every nonprofit business owner is to build a self-funding nonprofit business... Nine members of Forbes Nonprofit Council, including Cortney Nicolato, president and CEO of United Way of Rhode Island, share the most effective steps... other nonprofit business owners can follow to attain their self-funding goals."

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Chutzpah! Episode 7: Cortney Nicolato

Jewish Rhode Island

"Chutzpah! is a podcast exploring the personal side of leadership... In episode seven, Cortney Nicolato, the president and CEO of United Way of Rhode Island, discusses everything from best practices in the nonprofit world to... discovering what Judaism means to her."

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Dolph Johnson, chair of United Way of Rhode Island's board of directors.

Johnson named chair of United Way board

Providence Business News

"Dolph Johnson, executive vice president and chief global human resources officer for Pawtucket-based toymaker Hasbro Inc., was recently named the new chair for United Way of Rhode Island's board of directors."

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Side-by-side photos of Will Gilbert, co-host of The Rhode Show, and Mike Kirkwood, chairperson of the Rhode Island Good Neighbor Energy Fund 2021-2022 Campaign.

Good Neighbor Energy Fund keeps heat on

The Rhode Show

"Mike Kirkwood, Chairperson of the Rhode Island Good Neighbor Energy Fund 2021-2022 Campaign and General Manager and CEO of Pascoag Utility District[,] joined The Rhode Show this morning to talk about... the [help]... this fund provides to RI'ers in need and... seeking energy assistance."

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211 2.0: Forging a new social contract

ConvergenceRI

United Way of Rhode Island’s [president and CEO] Cortney Nicolato lays out plans for 211 2.0, developing a new tool to track how social services are delivered in Rhode Island.

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Cobranded Rhode Island Good Neighbor Energy Fund and United Way of Rhode Island logos.

Good Neighbor Energy Fund

Studio 10

"Struggling to power or heat your home this winter? We had Mike Kirkwood of Rhode Island Good Neighbor Energy Fund on and he explained how there's help available to ease your mind."

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Invest in after-school and summer learning

The Providence Journal

"As Rhode Island’s policymakers allocate [American Rescue Plan Act] funding for education recovery and school districts determine how to spend those funds, it’s crucial that they partner with and fund after-school and summer learning programs," share Roshni Darnal, director of community investments at United Way of Rhode Island, and Maryclaire Knight.

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Justin Thomas has made large strides toward building a new life in Rhode Island during and after his time in prison, but he remains saddled with court-related debt that will weigh on him for many years. He is among many people who may benefit from a new program that can reduce fines and fees, but not restitution. David DelPoio/The Providence Journal

RI opens path to break cycle of court fees

The Providence Journal

"Long after Rhode Islanders serve their time in prison, many are saddled with thousands of dollars in court fees and fines, even as they struggle to rebuild fractured lives... On Thursday, Nov. 18, a first-of-its kind event will take place to help people navigate their way back into society."

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Olneyville Programs Awarded $182,708

Through its Olneyville Community Fund, United Way of Rhode Island has awarded $182,708 in grants to programs whose work is strengthening the Providence neighborhood it calls home… Investments focus on creating opportunities for all by improving access to services for residents, enhancing educational offerings for children through adults, and increasing nonprofit capacity to meet community need. Eleven organizations received funding.

Leaders Chosen for Nonprofit Innovation Lab

“The leaders of 10 local organizations have been selected as fellows to participate in the latest Nonprofit Innovation Lab. This marks the third cohort of the joint effort of United Way of Rhode Island and Social Enterprise Greenhouse that launched in 2020. The unique program challenges organizations to think outside the box to develop new solutions to pressing social issues.”

State of Black RI Issues Homeownership Report

“Disparities in homeownership for Black Americans have persisted over time, but in Rhode Island, the rate of Black homeowners lags behind the national figure. However, the implementation of policy recommendations outlined in the newly released The State of Black Rhode Island: Homeownership Report can help to reduce, and possibly eliminate, these disparities.”

United Way Honors Community Champions

“During a special celebration on Thursday, June 9, United Way of Rhode Island honored a slate of community champions for their commitment to creating change in our communities and for their philanthropy. Recognized were Barbara Papitto, Sandra and Kenneth Pattie, and Maryclaire Knight.”

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.”