Five questions With: Cortney Nicolato
Providence Business News
"Cortney Nicolato is the [president and] CEO of United Way of Rhode Island. On March 2, the [affordable housing] bond was passed overwhelmingly by state voters, paving the way for increased affordable housing... Cortney Nicolato answers five questions from Providence Business News about affordable housing, where it's [most] needed... and how much affordable housing can be increased by year's end".
Labor Vision TV: 401Gives 2021
Labor Vision TV
"Erica Hammond of Labor Vision TV sits down with United Way [of Rhode Island's] Jennifer Remmes and Brooke Havens to talk about the second annual 401Gives, happening on April 1, 2021. Remmes and Havens highlight the impact last year's [401Gives] had on the organizations who participated, what to look forward to this year, and how to participate."
401Gives is back on April 1
Rhode Island Monthly
"'When we launched this new statewide giving campaign one year ago… [no one] could have predicted the ways our nonprofit community would respond to the needs we've seen over the past twelve months – and so much of that need still exists', said Cortney Nicolato… '401Gives is a chance to… support the organizations whose work means the most to you'".
Calls to 211 spiked in 2020
The Providence Journal
"2020 saw a dramatic increase in calls to 211, from 170,860 in 2019 to 255,164 last year… 'With COVID hitting us we became extremely busy with a lot of rental assistance calls, housing calls… food assistance, you name it,' said Evelyn Cabrera, 211 call center manager and senior bilingual community resource specialist."
211 has received 90K+ calls about pandemic
"United Way's 211 call center has been inundated with questions and concerns from Rhode Islanders regarding the coronavirus pandemic… during an interview Wednesday… [United Way of Rhode Island's president and CEO Cortney] Nicolato said the call volume increased roughly 40% from previous years, 'and [we] were already taking the most calls per capita in the country.'"
401Gives Aims to Raise $1.5M on April 1
"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 $1.5M for nonprofits across the… state in… 24 hours."
United Way pledged $100M toward equity
The Brown Daily Herald
"United Way of Rhode Island has pledged $100M to promote racial equity through accessible education, affordable housing, and employment for Black, Indigenous and People of Color in Rhode Island as part of the organization’s LIVE UNITED 2025 plan to help address systemic racism… [Brown] University has pledged… $600,000… [over] the next four years toward the LIVE UNITED 2025 campaign."
Shekarchi unveiled legislative package
"House Speaker Joe Shekarchi on Monday unveiled a legislative package... that he said could go a long way toward addressing the state’s affordable housing challenges. 'Housing is a fundamental right for all humans and that’s not a reality today,' [United Way of Rhode Island's president and CEO Cortney] Nicolato said. 'We know we have to do better.'"
Leading Ladies 2021: Brooke Havens
"I find people have so much to give – time, talent, and treasure – but often don’t know where to start,” Brooke Havens, United Way of Rhode Island's chief resource & engagement officer, explained. “The best part of my job is discovering why people want to give back to their communities, and helping them figure out the how.”
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.
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.
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."
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."
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."
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."
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."
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."
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."
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."
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."