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Racial Equity Starts with Accountability

"Yesterday a jury found Derek Chauvin guilty of murdering George Floyd... The verdict... provided a moment of accountability that has been too rare… Over-policing and violence in Black and Brown communities is… a crisis maintained by systemic racism [that] needs to end... United Way of Rhode Island will continue to stand united and committed to racial equity in our community."

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Labor Vision TV Books Are Wings With United Way RI Annual Children's Book Drive, May 2021

Labor Vision TV: 2021 Children’s Book Drive

Labor Vision TV

Erica Hammond sits down with Lori DiMatteo, United Way of Rhode Island’s volunteer coordinator, and Jocelynn White, executive director of Books Are Wings, to talk about the 2021 Children's Book Drive, happening from May 1 – 31. DiMatteo and White highlight the impact previous book drives have had and share how companies and individuals can participate this year.

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15 Features Nonprofit Websites Should Have

Forbes Nonprofit Council

"With so many interactions taking place online, a solid website is a must-have for nonprofit organizations... To help you create a stand-out web presence, a panel of Forbes Nonprofit Council members, including United Way of Rhode Island's president and CEO Cortney Nicolato, share some features nonprofit websites must include to appeal to current and prospective members or supporters.”

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United Way's 401Gives Day helped local nonprofit stay open through the pandemic

401Gives helped local nonprofit stay open


"401Gives... is held on April 1… This year, 401Gives is especially important since 2020 was a double hit for local nonprofits… with the pandemic collapsing their traditional fundraising opportunities, and… the need for their services increased. 'If we hadn't had 401Gives, we probably would not have made it through the year,' [Karen Dalton, founder of Dare to Dream Ranch] recalled."

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401Gives hopes to raise $1.5M on April 1

Providence Business News

"The community will have another opportunity April 1 to offer their favorite nonprofits support. The second annual 401Gives... online campaign will go live that day... [Donors] can visit and send their donations to various charities and causes... Along with fundraising, United Way is also offering nonprofits digital training and networking opportunities to help the organizations benefit highly from... 401Gives."

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401Gives: 3x matching opportunity

Newport, RI Patch

"[401Gives], the second annual statewide [giving] day facilitated by United Way of Rhode Island, is this… Thursday, April 1st... Participating organizations are eligible for… different prizes based on donor participation. The biggest matching opportunity is the Early Bird match, beginning at 6 AMthe first $50,000 donated to any 401Gives organization will be matched dollar-for-dollar, by the Rhode Island Foundation."

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Letter: A chance to help each other on April 1

The Westerly Sun

"April 1... marks the anniversary of the first-ever 401Gives... which made a tremendous difference in [the Jonnycake Center of Westerly's] ability to fight hunger and provide care for underserved neighbors in Westerly and Chariho... 401Gives... returns… on April 1, and we hope our community keeps… all of our… great area nonprofits… in mind when considering a gift."

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401Gives 2021 East Bay Community Action Program

Food for kids — EBCAP’s 401Gives focus

Newport, RI Patch

"On April 1, 2021, East Bay Community Action Program (EBCAP) will participate in... United Way of Rhode Island's... [second annual] 401Gives, a statewide day of giving that encourages all Rhode Islanders to support the efforts of more than 400 local nonprofits… Much like last year, all funds raised by EBCAP's 401Gives will benefit the Newport Family and Child Opportunity Zone's... Backpack Feeding Program."

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13 critical leadership qualities

Forbes Nonprofit Council

"Today, a leader must demonstrate certain traits that set them apart and encourage their followers to reach their full potential... 13 professionals from Forbes Nonprofit Council, including United Way of Rhode Island's president and CEO Cortney Nicolato, examine the most critical leadership qualities that [individuals] ought to cultivate and exhibit."

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Uber, R.I., and 211 Partner for Vaccine Rides

"The partnership supports the State's goal to vaccinate as many Rhode Islanders as possible by the end of summer by providing free rides to all R.I. vaccine sites for those with limited access to transportation."

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United Way Welcomes New Staff to Leadership Team

Robert Bush, Roshni Darnal, and Rob Hancock to play vital roles in delivering on organization’s LIVE UNITED 2025 plan to build racial equity in Rhode Island.

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7 Leaders Selected for Second-Ever Nonprofit Innovation Lab

Fellows will spend the coming months developing and honing new solutions to pressing social issues, culminating in a “Shark Tank-like” presentation to secure funding to bring their ideas to life.

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United Way Kicks Off Children’s Book Drive

"In what's become one of the state's largest efforts in support of childhood literacy, United Way of Rhode Island and its Women United group have kicked off their annual Children's Book Drive. Throughout the month of May, local businesses, community organizations, families and individuals are invited to participate in any one of a number of ways."

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United Way Awards $4.5 Million in Grants

"Three months after unveiling its LIVE UNITED 2025 strategic plan, United Way of Rhode Island is putting $4.5 million in grants to work in the community to create transformational change in the Ocean State. The funding, the first in a two-year grant cycle, was awarded to 72 organizations in support of programs targeting the root causes of... racial inequities."

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401Gives raises $2.2M for R.I. nonprofits

"[April 1] has been officially rebranded 401Gives in the Ocean State… Throughout yesterday, thousands of donors from Rhode Island and beyond came together to raise a total of $2.2M [$2,200,477] for local nonprofits during what’s become the state’s largest single day of giving. The generosity of the community helped the effort far surpass its $1.5 million goal."

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Second Nonprofit Innovation Lab Announced

"United Way of Rhode Island and Social Enterprise Greenhouse (SEG) are launching the next iteration of the Nonprofit Innovation Lab and are inviting local executives to apply to the unique program that offers seed funding and much more. Applications open on March 18 and can be completed online; the deadline is April 23."

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401Gives Returns April 1 with $1.5M Goal

"Rhode Islanders will have the opportunity to support… more than 300 local nonprofits when 401Gives, the state’s largest… day of giving, returns on April 1. After exceeding the $1 million mark for the effort’s first-ever year, United Way of Rhode Island has upped the ante, setting a goal to raise $1.5 million for nonprofits across the… state in… 24 hours."

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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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