Corporate social responsiblity
Meet your CSR goals with a United way Shared purpose program
Top organizations use corporate social responsibility as a strategic differentiator to attract and retain the best talent and to meet their customer’s demand for social responsibility.
Studies show that purpose-driven companies produce higher revenue, recruit and retain higher-performing talent, improve employee engagement and performance, and have higher values associated with their brand. Let us help you join them.
United Way of Rhode Island helps companies develop and achieve their corporate social responsibility goals. Achieving a stronger, more vibrant and prosperous community is our shared purpose. Companies partnering with United Way through shared purpose co-create greater value through impact, engagement and reputation.
Doing good and doing well
Organizations with well-developed corporate social responsibility programs reap many benefits, including:
Attracting and retaining the best employees
According to Harvard Business Review, social responsibility is one of the top five intangible benefits that potential employees look for when evaluating job opportunities. In fact, 79% of people prefer to work for a socially responsible company.
Building stronger leaders
Human resources professionals overwhelmingly agree (90%) that pro-bono volunteering is an effective way to develop leadership skills.
Creating more loyal customers
Consumers are increasingly steering business toward companies that are socially responsible. According to a 2015 Cone study, 90% of global consumers are likely to switch brands to one associated with a good cause, given comparable price and quality.
Building goodwill in their communities
Building strong ties in the communities in which they do business can help an organization weather storms and build loyalty.
For companies of any size
United Way of Rhode Island’s relationship with the state, corporate, nonprofit, and public sectors uniquely positions us to provide insights, solutions, networks and consulting services that bring value to companies of all sizes.
- For small to mid-sized companies, Shared Purpose represents the ability to effectively outsource their CSR to an expert who can help them level-up quickly.
- For large companies, it adds depth and scale to the impact they make around the world. All while supporting their bottom line and business plan.
We have been partnering with small and mid-sized businesses who want to have a greater impact with their charitable giving for 95 years. United Way makes it easy to get involved – no matter the size of your company — with turn-key programs including volunteerism, sponsorship, leadership opportunities, networking and workplace giving programs. We tailor your experience so that you and your employees can have a direct impact on the things you care about most.
Corporate Social Responsibility Consulting
Partner with United Way of Rhode Island to identify, analyze, activate, and communicate your impact in the communities where you live and work.
Whether to support your community, foster a culture of service with your team, or simply enhance your brand, United Way of Rhode Island offers tools and strategies to create effective CSR practices.
United Way Rhode Island will help:
- Mapping your CSR vision
- Storytelling and crafting your CSR message
- Activating your company’s social purpose and CSR activities
- Implementing focused and strategic programs in impact giving, employee engagement, and brand and reputation elevation
- Social impact measurement and reporting
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United Way and Your CSR
Partnering with United Way of Rhode Island is an effective way to engage with the community, meet corporate social responsibility goals, and show the community that your company cares.
Through United Way’s 211 in Rhode Island and our policy, research and grantmaking activities, we can provide critical data and insights into community needs. Partnering with us means knowing you’re making a difference where it’s needed most. Our information can inform decisions from hiring to facility location to community programs. United Way staff is available for consultations and presentations to your teams. In addition, our monthly newsletters keep your employees up to date with community issues and what we’re doing to address them.
Responding to the needs of the community can be difficult, expensive and time-consuming work, so let us help you. With United Way serving as the philanthropic arm of your company, you can focus on business while still making difference. We provide grantmaking services, advice, and impact information that’ll make it simple for you to help the community.
Making an organization-level gift to United Way shows employees and customers that you’re doing something about making Rhode Island a community where every individual in each community has equal opportunity for justice and prosperity. When you partner with United Way, you’ll join the state’s leading companies, nonprofits and labor unions.
Corporate giving to favorite causes is quick and easy for you and your team through MyFund. Through this custom on-line platform, streamline your giving — issue and track your gifts to charities all in one place. Best of all, not only does UWRI send out the checks for you, you’ll also receive just one tax receipt at the end of the year for all of your corporate giving. Learn more about this great tool for companies and individuals here.
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Workplace giving is an easy and effective way to engage employees, build a spirit of teamwork, and increase morale, all while making an impact on our community's most important issues. Employees can help solve these problems and their root causes by making a one-time gift or giving through payroll deduction. Learn more
Improve employee morale and visibly meet CSR goals while making positive change happen. Volunteer opportunities range from Day of Action community projects to custom team-building workplace volunteering to year-round individualized volunteer project matching through our Volunteer Center. Employees who volunteer feel better emotionally, mentally and physically, studies show.
Differentiate your brand in the market by telling your story of impact and engagement in the communities you serve.
Make the most of your marketing budget by sponsoring United Way events and programs. We can customize sponsorships that meet your investment goals and align with your marketing priorities and position you in front of the audiences you’re trying to meet.
Align your brand and your business with a mission that reflects your values and double your impact by engaging your customers.
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.'"
McKee Proposes $250 Million for Housing
"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.
“Following months of honing their innovative ideas to create positive social impact in our state, leaders of six nonprofits will make their pitch to Rhode Islanders via brief videos in hopes of winning the Public Choice Award of the Nonprofit Innovation Lab. The voting opens Jan. 19 and ends on Jan. 24, with the winning organization receiving $5,000 in funding.”
“Leaders of 11 local nonprofits have been selected by United Way of Rhode Island as fellows for its next Executive Director Learning Circle series. The year-long program takes an innovative approach to building the capacity of, and strengthening, the state’s nonprofit sector.”
“It’s been very, very difficult at times,” shares Evelyn Cabrera, a senior community resource specialist and team leader for United Way 211 in Rhode Island. “But I couldn’t be more proud of our work and the ways we’ve been there to help our fellow Rhode Islanders throughout this crisis.”
Join United Way of Rhode Island for our National 211 Day Celebration on Friday, Feb. 11 from 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. Together, we're celebrating our 211 team who is always there, our donors who make it possible to answer each call, and our community partners who help callers get the services they need. This is a free, virtual event.
Ready to learn more about racial equity? Join our Equity Challenge 2022. You can start when we launch on Feb. 28, 2022 or anytime after that. After registering, you'll receive an email each weekday for three weeks with resources, reflection questions, and actions you can take to help create a more equitable Rhode Island.