Our grantees

Our grantees

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 Grants Leadership Diversity

Rhode Island recovers grantees

A Leadership Journey

A Leadership Journey

AIDs Care Ocean State

AIDS Care Ocean State

Amos House

Amos House

AS220

AS220

Boys & Girls Clubs of Northern Rhode Island

BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF NORTHERN RHODE ISLAND

Center for Dynamic Learning

Center for Dynamic Learning

Center for Southeast Asians

Center for Southeast Asians

Child and Family RI

Child & Family

Clinica Esperanza (2)

Clinica Esperanza

Community Action Partnership of Providence

Community Action Partnership of Providence

DARE (2)

Direct Action for Rights and EQuality

Domestic Violence Resource Center of South County

Domestic Violence Resource Center of South County

Dorcas International

Dorcas International Institute of Rhode Island

DownCity Design

DownCity Design

Federal Hill House

Federal Hill House Association

Fuerza Laboral Power of Workers

Fuerza Laboral (Power of workers)

International Charter School

International charter school

Jammat House

Jammat House

Land and Water Sovereignty Project

Land and Water Sovereignty project

Lucy's Hearth

Lucy's Hearth

Man Up RI

Man Up, Inc.

McAuley Ministries

McAuley Ministries

Mt Hope Learning Center

Mt hope learning Center

Oasis International

Oasis International

Olneyville Neighborhood Association

Olneyville Neighborhood association

ONE Neighborhood Builders

ONE Neighborhood builders

OpenDoors

OpenDoors

Pawtucket Central Falls Development

Pawtucket central falls development

Pawtucket Housing

Pawtucket Housing

Progreso Latino

Progreso Latino

Reach Out and Read Rhode Island

Reach Out and Read Rhode Island

Rhode Island Center for Justice

The Rhode Island Center for Justice

Rhode Island Hospitality Association Eductation Foundation

Rhode Island Hospitality Association Education Foundation

RI Institute for Labor Studies and Research

RI Institute for Labor Studies and Research

San Miguel School

San Miguel School

Stop Wasting Abandoned Property

SWAP (Stop Wasting Abandoned Property)

Tamquaog Museum

Tomaquag Museum

Woonsocket Neighborhood Development Organization

Woonsocket Neighborhood Development Corp.

Year Up Rhode Island

Year Up Rhode Island

IN THE NEWS

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United Way starts 21-Day Equity Challenge

Rhode Island Monthly

"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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Labor Vision TV: LIVE UNITED 2025

Labor Vision TV

"Erica Hammond sits down with United Way of Rhode Island's CEO Cortney Nicolato. At the start of the new year United Way… introduced its LIVE UNITED 2025 strategic plan… The pair will discuss the importance of explicitly addressing systemic inequity, specifically racial inequity, and the role all of us can play in the fight against poverty throughout Rhode Island."

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11 members of Forbes Nonprofit Council

11 Ways Nonprofits Can Garner Feedback

Forbes Nonprofit Council

"As with any business, [nonprofits must] balance… where… donors want to go and what… [customers] desire… [and] find a way to make giving feedback as painless as possible… To help, 11 members of Forbes Nonprofit Council discuss how [nonprofits can] generate feedback from both donors and customers to better plot the trajectory of the organization."

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UPCOMING EVENTS

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YLC and Wavemaker Networking Night

Join Young Leaders Circle (YLC) members and Wavemaker Fellows at 5:30 p.m for a virtual networking event. You'll have the opportunity to meet other young professionals and expand your network from the comfort of your home.

Register here.

forum on economic stability

Forum on Economic Stability

Join United Way of Rhode Island and the City of Providence at 1 p.m. for a virtual forum on economic stability. You'll hear from policymakers and advocates about policies you can advocate for to help Rhode Island families achieve economic stability.

Register here.

Our Community Learning Partners Series features community partners that are dedicated to improving children's literacy.

Community Learning Partners Series

Join Women United at 12 p.m. for the next event in their Community Learning Partners Series. You'll hear an update on the state of afterschool in Rhode Island from United Way's Ayana Melvan and Representative Julie A. Casimiro.

Register here.