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Zoning laws hindering housing construction

The Boston Globe

"Cortney Nicolato, the CEO of United Way of Rhode Island and another member of the special legislative commission, said most of the state’s land use enabling legislation was written in 1991... 'When you have 100 amendments in a 30-year legislation, it's clearly not working... The housing crisis cannot be truly transformed until we tackle systemic barriers, like zoning laws and land use.'"

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McKee is proposing $250M for housing

McKee Proposes $250 Million for Housing

GoLocalProv

"Our state's housing crisis is significant and must be a priority in the budget. But just as important, the investment needs to combine with transformational change in the systems surrounding housing as a whole," said Cortney Nicolato, president and CEO of United Way of Rhode Island.

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Community Focus: United Way/Kyle Bennett

WPRI 12

"Director of Policy and Equity for United Way of Rhode Island Kyle Bennett joined 12 News at 4 to discuss the Good Neighbor Energy Fund, how many families benefited from it, and what residents can do to help."

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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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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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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.”

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.”