Emerging Leaders

Emerging Leaders

Serve our community. Inspire change.


To equip early to mid-career professionals with the resources, experience, and networks to make meaningful change in communities across RI and become the next generation of philanthropic and community leaders.

Start making an impact today.

Emerging Leaders (EL) provides the avenue for early to mid-career professionals to take action and learn how to most effectively give back with their time, talent and resources to make the greatest difference in your community. At exclusive mixers, members CONNECT with other entrepreneurs, business people and executives who share a common goal: to make an impact. Membership creates opportunities to SERVE at volunteer projects and agency tours. By becoming a member of this select group, you will LEAD the way for others to become inspired about all the good United Way of RI does in the community.

Emerging Leaders Membership 

You are invited to attend a complimentary EL event. After getting to know our members and mission, we hope that you will become an official member with a minimum $250 annual donation to United Way of Rhode Island. Donations can be accepted through payroll deductions (for United Way affiliated companies), debited from your bank account monthly, or by making a one-time donation. You will become a steward of the community while expanding your professional network and taking the next critical step in your career.

Three ways to make a difference with your EL membership:

Leader for Change | $750 annually 

Take a leadership role in supporting communities across the Ocean State through a network of committed young professionals, impact-focused professional development, and volunteer service. Receive invitations to select events with Leadership Circle, Women United, Tocqueville Society, and UW Board members.

Your membership gift alone changes lives by providing critical support like a wheelchair, hospital bed, and lift for a traumatic brain injury patient. And that’s just the start of what you can do in EL.

Community Champion | $500 annually 

Help transform communities through networking and collaboration with other emerging leaders, professional development, and volunteer service, and receive an invitation to an exclusive event with the UWRI Board and CEO.

Your membership gift alone provides diapers for 120 families with children in need, taking one critical burden off the shoulders of busy parents.

Equity Advocate | $250 annually 

Help build a more equitable Rhode Island through a network of like-minded young professionals, unique professional development opportunities, and volunteer service.

Your membership gift alone provides hygiene kits for 104 people experiencing homelessness this year, when resources have never been more needed

If you already donate $250 or more to United Way through your workplace and would like to connect your contribution to an EL membership, click here.

For more information about Emerging Leaders, email Juniper Darrow.


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Annual Celebration 2024

Save the date!

Thursday, October 10
6 - 8 p.m.

Waterfire Arts Center
475 Valley St., Providence