Corporate social responsibility

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.

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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

Ready to learn more? Contact Brooke Havens at brooke.havens@unitedwayri.org.

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.

Impact

Priority setting

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.

Grantmaking support

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.

Company giving

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.

MyFund

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.

Commitment to equity

We're making Rhode Island a safer, more equitable place for all... regardless of race. There's a lot of work left to do; let us help you get started.

Engagement

Workplace giving

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

Volunteer programs

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.

Engage your team members in the community

Established leaders and rising professionals from companies across the state engage with the community through United Way of Rhode Island, joining one of our giving societies or affinity groups like Women United or Young Leaders Circle.

Reputation

Communicating your CSR impact to the community

Differentiate your brand in the market by telling your story of impact and engagement in the communities you serve.

Providing corporate sponsorship opportunities

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.

Developing cause-related marketing campaigns

Align your brand and your business with a mission that reflects your values and double your impact by engaging your customers.

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Invest in after-school and summer learning

The Providence Journal

"As Rhode Island’s policymakers allocate [American Rescue Plan Act] funding for education recovery and school districts determine how to spend those funds, it’s crucial that they partner with and fund after-school and summer learning programs," share Roshni Darnal, director of community investments at United Way of Rhode Island, and Maryclaire Knight.

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Justin Thomas has made large strides toward building a new life in Rhode Island during and after his time in prison, but he remains saddled with court-related debt that will weigh on him for many years. He is among many people who may benefit from a new program that can reduce fines and fees, but not restitution. David DelPoio/The Providence Journal

RI opens path to break cycle of court fees

The Providence Journal

"Long after Rhode Islanders serve their time in prison, many are saddled with thousands of dollars in court fees and fines, even as they struggle to rebuild fractured lives... On Thursday, Nov. 18, a first-of-its kind event will take place to help people navigate their way back into society."

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R.I. can no longer overlook nonprofit sector

The Boston Globe

"The pandemic has highlighted the essential, irreplaceable roles played by Rhode Island's nonprofit sector. And our state investments and attention to the sector needs to reflect that."

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United Way Welcomes New Board Members

“United Way of Rhode Island has appointed a total of 10 community leaders across its board of directors and its Community Advisory Board, while also naming a new board chair. Assuming leadership of the board of directors is Dolph Johnson, EVP, Chief Global Human Resources Officer for Hasbro, Inc.”

Starkweather & Shepley: Annual Celebration Honoree

“Here at United Way of Rhode Island… we take great pride in our role as a convener, bringing community stakeholders together to address our state’s most important issues. And we are tremendously fortunate to have partners that support not only our work, but also our vision for a Rhode Island that is the best it can be.”

Homes RI: Annual Celebration Honoree

“It’s no secret that Rhode Island is in the midst of a housing crisis — one that began prior to COVID-19 and that’s since reached epic proportions over the past 18 months. As it’s estimated the Ocean State is short some 20,000+ units of affordable housing… one group in particular is leading the charge toward flipping the script.”

UPCOMING EVENTS

Embracing Equitable Practices in OSTL

Join the Rhode Island Afterschool Network for our fall 2021 professional development conference, Embracing Equitable Practices in OSTL, on Friday, Dec. 3, and Saturday, Dec. 4. You'll learn strategies from experts in our field and receive tools to help mitigate the impact of racism and inequities on our youth. This is a virtual event.

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Learn with Leaders ft. Steven O’Donnell

Join United Way of Rhode Island's Young Leaders Circle for Learn with Leaders featuring Steven O'Donnell on Wednesday, Dec. 8, from 6 – 7 p.m. You'll hear how Steve has risen through the ranks in public safety and now paves the way so underserved youth in Rhode Island can reach their full potential. This is a free, virtual event.

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Community Learning Partners

Join United Way of Rhode Island's Women United for our next Community Learning Partners event on Thursday, Dec. 9, from noon – 1 p.m. You'll hear from Camp RYSE, Meeting Street, and Mt. Hope Learning Center — three Women United grantee partners doing exceptional work to support childhood learning. This is a free, virtual event.

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YLC Holiday Event and Stocking Drive

Join United Way of Rhode Island's Young Leaders Circle (YLC) in spreading holiday cheer as we collect stuffed stockings for underserved youth in Rhode Island. Bring a stocking filled with gloves, gift cards, and other goodies to the Narragansett Beer Taproom in Providence on Thursday, Dec. 16, from 6 – 7 p.m. and receive a complimentary beer ticket for up to three beers.

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