Live United 2025

Live United 2025

For the community, by the community

uniting the community for equity

Learn what it means to "Live United."

United Way of Rhode Island is incredibly grateful for the hundreds of thousands of Rhode Islanders who have sustained our work since our inception in 1926. Our commitment to this work is matched only by the passion of those who support us. The LIVE UNITED 2025 strategic plan was built by this community for this community and will guide United Way of Rhode Island’s next five years with a bold and transformational plan that aligns with our rich legacy of proven programs and community engagement. We’re committed to our community and plan to invest $100 million over the next five years to build racial equity in Rhode Island and to create justice and opportunities for all. But, we can’t do it without you.

The video of our January 2021 Annual Celebration, right, celebrates the heroes among us and shares our vision for the next chapter of United Way of Rhode Island.

Scroll down to see a list of the institutions, coalitions, and individuals who have pledged to support our mission.


Join us by signing this pledge.

"We commit to stand with the United Way of Rhode Island to unite our community and resources to build racial equity and opportunities for all Rhode Islanders. We pledge to take meaningful action to address the issues of racial equity and justice in Rhode Island."

For more information about our mission and how we plan to accomplish it, download our LIVE UNITED 2025 strategic plan.


Institutions & coalitions

Advancing Workplace Excellence

ASTRO Academy


Banneker Supply Chain Solutions

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Rhode Island

Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island

Board of Rabbis of Greater Rhode Island

Boys Town New England

Brown University

Building Futures

Business Innovation Factory

Central Falls School District

Centreville Bank

City of Central Falls

City of Pawtucket

City of Providence


Community Action Partnership of Providence County

Community College of Rhode Island

Comprehensive Community Action

Connecting for Children and Families

Cranston Family Center

Cranston Library

CVS Health

Dimeo Construction Company

DownCity Design

Economic Progress Institute

Enterprise Holdings

Family Service of Rhode Island

FM Global

Foster Forward

Gilbane, Inc.

Global Science Envirotech

Grantmakers Council of Rhode Island

Greater Newport Chamber of Commerce

HarborOne Bank

Hasbro, Inc.

House of Hope CDC

HousingWorks RI


International Manufacturing Services

Johnson & Wales University

Judith Kaye Training & Consulting

Knight Consulting

Laborers' International Union of North America (LIUNA)

Latino Policy Institute

Leadership Rhode Island


Milenio Latino Institute

Mothers Against Drunk Driving

National Grid

New Urban Arts

Newport Partnership for Families

Newport Partnership for Families

Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce

Oak Street Health

OCYL: The Mayor's Office of Children, Youth and Learning

ONE Neighborhood Builders

Partnership for RI

Pawtucket Central Falls Development

Providence Afterschool Alliance (PASA)

Rhode Island AFL-CIO

Rhode Island Afterschool Network (RIAN)

Rhode Island Coalition of Black Women, Inc.

Rhode Island Community Food Bank

Rhode Island Department of Education

Rhode Island Department of Human Services

Rhode Island KIDS COUNT

Rhode Island Monthly

Rhode Island Office of Veterans Services

Rhode Island Society for Human Resource Management State Chapter (RI SHRM)

Rhode Island Society of CPAs

Right from the Start Campaign Steering Committee

Riverzedge Arts

Roger WIlliams University

Secretary of State's Office

Social Enterprise Greenhouse

Sojourner House

Starkweather & Shepley Insurance Brokerage, Inc.

Strategic Point Investment Advisors

Teknor Apex

Teknor Apex Company

Textron Inc.

The College Crusade

The Nuñez Co

The Perry Group

The Washington Trust Company

Treasurer's Office

Unite Us

URI Cooperative Extension

URI Feinstein College of Education & Professional Studies

Webster Bank

Westbay Community Action

Women's Fund of Rhode Island

Women United

Young Leaders Circle

Young Voices




Katje Afonseca

Marisa Albanese

Angela Bannerman Ankoma

Tomas Avila

Tatiana Baena

Bobby Gondola & Guilaume Bagal

Amanda Baker

Denise Barge

Kim Barker Lee

Jessica Barry

Carol G. Barton

Carolyn & Peter Belisle

Michelle Berg

Marcela Betancur

Laurie & Ruud Bosman

Alyssa Boss

David Bouchard

Heather Bovenzi

Jennifer Bristol

Nicholas Brown

Ellie Brown

Elizabeth Burke Bryant

Paul Buonvino

Kathleen Burke

Cynthia Butler

Roberta Butler

Sandra Cano

Ainsley E. Morisseau Cantoral


Michelle Carr

Richard & Louise Carriere

Brian Carroll

Kristin Cassarino

Liz Catucci

Barbara Chernow

Peter Chung

Congressman David Cicilline

Anne Ciresi

Amanda Clarke

Brenda Clement

Jeanne Cola

Kevin Colman

Andrew Cortes

Lynn Corwin

Sean  Cottrell

Cayla Cozzo

Patrick Crowley

Al Cumplido

Amy Daley

Joanne Daly

Erin Desmarais

James Diossa

Jayne Donegan

Erin Donovan-Boyle

Mayor Jorge Elorza

John Emge

Jonathan Fain

Carrie Bridges Feliz

Paola Fernandez

Rilwan Feyisitan

Rachel Flum

Lisa Fougere

Mary Fox

Laura Freedman Pedrick

John Furia

Adrienne Gagnon

Jim & Cory Galloway

Walt Galloway

Ed Garcia

Ralph Gillis

Liz Goodermote

Lisa Goodlin

Nellie Gorbea

Meg Grady

Mayor Donald Grebien

Lisa Guillette

Melissa Hamlin

Brooke Havens

Jennifer Hawkins

Mary Helldorfer-Cooney

Evita Hernaez

Karen Hetzel

Carissa Hill

Sean Holley

Junior Jabbie

Laura Jaworski

Petra Jenkins

Dolph Johnson

Jesse Jordan

Taylor Justice

Wendy Kagan

Saul Kaplan

Judy Kaye

Maryclaire Knight

MaryKay Koreivo

Margaret Lamb

Beverly E. Ledbetter, Esq.

Michele Lederberg

Kim Barker Lee

Linda Lulli

Seth Magaziner

Francie Mantak

Chantrey Marchand

Sandra Mazo

Suzanne McCormick

Margaret Holland McDuff

Joanne McGunagle

Emily McHugh

Ayana Melvan

Terri Monjar

Wendy Montgomery

Ainsley Morisseau Cantoral

Barbara Mullen

Deirdre Murphy

George Nee

Cortney & David Nicolato

Ray Nuñez

Ashley Gingerella O'Shea

John Palumbo

Barbara Papitto

Alexandra Pastor

Laura Freedman Pedrick

Stephanie Pelletier

Gregg Perry

Alexandra Pezzello

Dawne Pezzuco

Andrew Pierson

Sid Plakkot

Betsey Purinton

Kelly Ramirez

Jacqueline Rastella

Julia Reinhardt

Jennifer Remmes

Mike Ritz

R Anthony Rolle

Randall Rosenthall

Sandy Ross

Ben Roth

Carla Sabatino

Christopher Sabitoni

Frances Sammons

Ashley Sanchez

Daniel Schleifer

Genevieve Schultz

Gregory Sciarra

Nancy Serpa

Barbara Silvis

Terence Sobolewski

Stacia Soucy

Shivan & Jyothi Subramaniam

Grace Swinski

Lysa Teal

Lori Turner

Kate Venturini

Polly Wall

Larry Warner

Linda Weisinger

Liz Lemire White

Kristen Williams

Kasim Yarn

Toni Motta & Frank Yip

John Zanni

Kristin Zosa Puleo


21-Day Equity Challenge logo

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 Cortney Nicolato Erica Hammond

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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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.