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ARPA a payment on bills long overdue

The Providence Journal

"The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) isn’t unexpected good fortune. It’s a past bill that’s overdue after decades of underfunding our communities," shares United Way of Rhode Island's president and CEO, Cortney Nicolato. "It’s also an opportunity to get things right and position our state to thrive for generations to come."


Members of Forbes Nonprofit Council offer advice on balancing accountability with empathy in the workplace.

Balancing Accountability & Empathy At Work

Forbes Nonprofit Council

"Striking a balance between accountability and empathy is crucial for creating a work environment where employees can thrive... Here, 13 members of Forbes Nonprofit Council, including United Way of Rhode Island's president and CEO, Cortney Nicolato, share their expert tips on maintaining accountability and empathy in the workplace."



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MolinaCares donates $105K to RI nonprofits

Providence Business News

"United Way of Rhode Island received $50,000 from the MolinaCares Accord for its Nonprofit Innovation Lab, designed to promote innovation within nonprofits to create programs focused on housing, health equity and solutions to racial disparity."


Students participating in Reading Reaps Rewards examine sea creatures at Save the Bay.

Reading Reaps Rewards celebrates 20 yr.

What's Up Newp

"The Reading Reaps Rewards Summer Learning Initiative welcomed 199 Newport students this summer at three learning sites... Students have daily literacy and math activities taught by certified teachers, engage with peers in learning activities, and enjoy field trips and guest presenters from local partnering organizations."


Forbes Nonprofit Council members share advice on how nonprofits can entice new talent.

15 Ways Nonprofits Can Entice New Talent

Forbes Nonprofit Council

"As employees… embrace new ways to work, certain industries have suffered a recent labor shortage... To make sense of this shift in hiring practices, a panel of Forbes Nonprofit Council members, including United Way of Rhode Island’s president and CEO, Cortney Nicolato, laid out some practices nonprofits can weave into their hiring efforts to entice new talent."


The youngest students in the STEM Advantage summer program gathered at Stillhouse Cove last week to celebrate the culmination of their six weeks of work, which included weekly gatherings at the cove.

Summer of STEM

Cranston Herald

"Summer and STEM? It might not be the combination most students have in mind when the school year ends. But for students in the STEM Advantage program, the two went hand-in-hand over the past several weeks."



Summer Learning Initiative lets kids catch up

The Westerly Sun

"'The biggest piece of the Summer Learning Initiative is... the social emotional growth for many of these kids who haven't left their homes because of the pandemic,' said Rebecca Trebisacci, the initiative's education coordinator... 'If the kids aren’t socially and emotionally ready then they are not ready for classroom learning.'"


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Women United awards $124K in grants

Providence Business News

"United Way of Rhode Island['s]... Women United group [has] awarded $124K in grants to three local nonprofits to support increased access to experiential learning for underserved K-3 students, as well as [expanding] out-of-school programs for minority youth."


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Discussing the 2021 Nonprofit Innovation Lab

The Bartholomewtown Podcast

"Bill Bartholomew welcomes United Way of Rhode Island President/CEO Cortney Nicolato, Social Enterprise Greenhouse Senior Manager for Strategic Initiatives Constance Ferber, Destenie Vital of What Cheer Flower Farm and Brent Runyon of Providence Preservation Society to discuss the 2021 Nonprofit Innovation Lab."


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.”

United Way and Hasbro, Inc. Invest $459,600 in Summer Learning, Highlight Need to Expand Programs that Help Close Achievement Gap

“United Way of Rhode Island (UWRI) and Hasbro, Inc. have invested $459,600 in 13 programs serving more than 1,000 children this summer.”

United Way of Rhode Island Bestows Highest Honor on Margaret and Thomas Lamb with Tocqueville Society Award

“United Way of Rhode Island (UWRI) has presented long-time philanthropists and volunteers Margaret and Thomas Lamb with its prestigious Tocqueville Society Award.”

11 Local Leaders Selected for United Way’s Executive Director Learning Circle

“The latest United Way of Rhode Island (UWRI) Executive Director Learning Circle is underway with the organization having selected eleven local leaders for the innovative educational program.”

United Way Welcomes Larry Warner as Director of Grants and Strategic Initiatives

“United Way of Rhode Island (UWRI) has welcomed a new staff member to its community investment team, hiring Larry Warner as Director of Grants and Strategic Initiatives. He assumed his new position on April 22.”