Upcoming Nonprofit Opportunities

These sessions are designed for nonprofit staff and Board members.  If you are a nonprofit consultant or an individual unaffiliated with a nonprofit, please contact Nancy.wolanski@uwri.org to see if there is additional space available, as we prioritize the attendance of nonprofit staff and Boards at these sessions.

GCRI Annual Meeting

December 4, 11:30am-1:30pm, Boys & Girls Club of Rhode Island
Join funders and nonprofits to hear from Aaron Dorfman, CEO of the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP), to learn about NCRP’s perspective on the central role that the concept power plays in philanthropy and community building. NCRP’s “Power Moves” is a new way of looking at building power, wielding power and sharing power, and will help both funders and non-profits think more critically about the ways that we can address community challenges by better harnessing power for change.  The meeting is free, but registration is required and seats are limited.  A light lunch will be served.  Register

Grants Available to Encourage Census Participation

Rhode Island organizations are invited to apply for grants to conduct outreach and education activities that will encourage participation in the 2020 Census.  Activities should focus specifically on increasing census response rates in communities and populations that have been historically undercounted or are vulnerable to an undercount in 2020.  Target groups include immigrants, residents who lack English proficiency, people of color, renters, residents in low income areas and children under age 5.  A drop in grant application assistance session for potential applicants will be held on Wednesday, November 20 from 3:30-5:00pm at United Way of Rhode Island, 50 Valley Street, Providence. 

Grants are courtesy of funding from several GCRI members (including Rhode Island Foundation, United Way of Rhode Island, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island, and Nellie Mae Educational Foundation) and other donors.  The grant program has two deadlines, November 25, 2019 and January 31, 2020.  More information on the grant program

Everything Your Nonprofit Needs to Know about the 2020 Census

December 11, 4:00-5:00pm
United Way of Rhode Island, 50 Valley Street, Providence
Census 2020 is a critically important endeavor for Rhode Island.  Without a complete and accurate count of our nation’s population in Census 2020, we risk the loss of $3.8 billion in federal funds apportioned each year to Rhode Island based on census data — funds which support critical public services in our communities and represent nearly 40 percent of our state’s annual budget.

Census 2020 faces more challenges than any previous census, from digital divide and cybersecurity issues, to the controversy and fear generated by a potential citizenship question, and distrust from populations that have been historically hard to count, like immigrants, people of color, and residents of low-income areas.

As a trusted voice in the community, your staff will inevitably be asked questions by community members who are confused or want assistance.  Please join us to learn about the important role nonprofits will play in Census 2020, as well as current information on issues such as the income waivers for Census takers, grant opportunities for Census outreach and mobilization, and where your neighbors can go to fill out their Census forms.  Register

401 Gives Statewide Giving Day

April 1, 2020 will mark an all new annual statewide giving day – and all Rhode Island nonprofits are invited to participate. Powered by United Way of Rhode Island, 401 Gives is a statewide campaign built on a high-tech digital platform and supported by a robust media strategy.  401 Gives Day will increase the visibility of the work of nonprofits across the state and seeks to raise $1 million in resources for community-based organizations.

Across the country nonprofits are increasing total annual dollars raised by participation in similar, custom-made giving days.  There are no fees to join this campaign. United Way will over the costs of the GiveGab platform and all of your nonprofit’s donations will come straight to you from GiveGab (credit card fees will apply).   More information

Stay tuned for new offerings, and information on Meet the Funders in February…