Examples of nonprofit partners
To achieve our strategic goals, United Way of Rhode Island partners with nonprofits throughout the state in our areas of focus.
Case study: Rhode Island Recovers
Rhode Island Recovers was our most recent round of grants, awarded in August 2020. We granted $600,000 to help 41 nonprofits continue to serve others during the COVID-19 pandemic. These grants were unique in the state for awarding 100% for unrestricted operating funds. In awarding the grants, we prioritized efforts that benefit communities of color.
“This is trust-based philanthropy, where our goal as an organization was to ensure that smaller, and often younger, nonprofits could continue to function and maintain the services they provide to those most at-risk,” said our CEO and president, Cortney Nicolato.
We gave priority to:
- Efforts that are led by or benefit communities of color or other vulnerable groups
- Nonprofits with limited philanthropic support
- Communities most impacted by COVID-19
We also looked at board and leadership diversity. Grantees with senior leadership comprised of 60% or more people of color were awarded $202,000, or 34% of the total amount awarded. You can find additional analysis of our Rhode Island Recovers grants here.
Nonprofits interested in applying for grants can find out more here.
Rhode Island recovers grantees
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"If you’d like to learn more about equity and its role in the fight against systemic racism, United Way… is here to help. Starting on Wednesday, February 24, Rhode Islanders can take part in United Way’s 21-Day Equity Challenge. Participants will receive a daily email that will feature different topics on racial equity, [including] racial identity, implicit bias… and allyship."
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