Women United

Women United

A growing, global force of 75,000+ women in 165 countries

Women United members are United Way leadership donors who want to do more.

They work actively to further childhood literacy through grantmaking and volunteering.

Since 2011, these powerful women have donated more than $5.3 million to United Way of Rhode Island to support our community. The group made grants of more than $1 million to support childhood literacy. And they also have fun together at members-only events throughout the year.

See our Women United Membership list.

Women on a mission

Women United’s mission is to engage and mobilize the power and leadership of women through education, philanthropy, advocacy, and service to ensure that every child in every Rhode Island neighborhood has equitable opportunities to learn to read. (Read more about United Way’s strategic focus on childhood literacy) 

  • Women United Executive Committee reviews applications and makes grants to Rhode Island literacy-focused nonprofits, granting $395,000 to eight organizations last year alone. 
  • Members also donate their time, volunteering 542 hours collectively last year. 

Want to support Women United’s mission? Text WUGive to 51555 or visit our Women United donation page.

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Membership benefits

Women United members donate $1,000 or more annually to United Way’s Community Impact Fund and/or the Women United fund. 

The benefits of Women United membership include: 

  • Belonging to a community of like-minded women who share their time, talent and treasure
  • Volunteering alongside others who want to make a difference
  • Collaborating with business and community leaders
  • Helping young Rhode Islanders with literacy opportunities, including STEM
  • Participating in fun and educational members-only events 
  • Power of the Purse signature event: preferred tickets, preferred seating 
  • Opportunity to join and participate in Women United committees 
  • Women United members are “at the table” with both the United Way of Rhode Island Board and the Community Advisory Board
  • Participation in members Facebook and LinkedIn groups 

To discuss whether membership is for you, please contact Amanda Heinsen at amanda.heinsen@unitedwayri.org.

Already a Women United member?

Joining one of our social media groups – or both – is a great way to keep up to date with all our activities. You can find them on Facebook here and LinkedIn here.

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United Way of Rhode Island’s 96th Annual Celebration

Join United Way of Rhode Island for our 96th Annual Celebration on Wednesday, Oct. 12 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Farm Fresh Rhode Island in Providence.

Together, we'll celebrate the positive impact we've made this year, thanks to you — our donors, partners, and volunteers — and honor the heroes among us.

This event is free and open to all. Registration is required.

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