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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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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.”

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.”

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.”

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).”

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.”

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.”

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.”

Through Free Tax Preparation Service, United Way Helps Return More than $27 Million to the Pockets of Working Rhode Islanders

“Through Free Tax Preparation Service, United Way Helps Return More than $27 Million to the Pockets of Working Rhode Islanders”

United Way of Rhode Island Appoints Community Leaders to Board of Directors

“Six community leaders have been appointed to the United Way of Rhode Island (UWRI) Board of Directors for three-year terms. New to the UWRI Board of Director are Marcela Betancur, Brian Carroll, Jayne Donegan, Wendy Kagan, Joe Pierik, and Terence Sobolewski.”

Release of State’s 2019 Out-of-School Time Learning Report Reveals Programs’ Success Improving Student Performance, Graduation Rates; More is Needed

“For the 34,704 Rhode Island students engaged in afterschool learning, there are another 37,471 who would participate in a program if one were available to them – programs proven to positively impact student performance in the classroom and beyond.”

United We Win: Community Leaders Honored at United Way’s 93rd Annual Celebration

“Highlighting a year that featured more than $12 million invested in local initiatives that strengthen lives, United Way of Rhode Island (UWRI) President and CEO Cortney Nicolato spread a message of unity while offering a glimpse of new programs on the horizon during the organization’s 93rd Annual Celebration on October 10.”

United Way Awards $150,000 to Olneyville Programs that Support Kids, Families

“Continuing its commitment to the community it calls home, United Way of Rhode Island (UWRI) has awarded $150,000 12 organizations that support children and families in Providence’s Olneyville neighborhood.”