Upcoming Nonprofit Opportunities

Recovery, Resilience and Resources:  COVID’s Impact on Rhode Island Nonprofits

September 29, 3:00-4:30pm

For the last 18 months, Rhode Island nonprofits have shouldered a tremendous responsibility as the frontline crisis responders, trusted voices, and compassionate, committed innovators in communities across the state. They have adapted services and programming to an ever-shifting public health crisis; persisted in their work as expenses and need increased and revenues declined; and have continued to address issues of equity and inequality that have been highlighted by the pandemic and economic crises.

Join us to learn about the impact of COVID-19 on the nonprofit sector in Rhode Island, as well as the resource and capacity building supports needed to move the sector forward–from recovery to resilience.

Thank you to the over 300 Rhode Island nonprofits who responded to the survey — your time and input have provided essential data to tell the sector’s story to funders, policymakers and the public.


Previous Events and Resources

GCRI Event Recording:

Partnering with RI Cities and Towns Around American Rescue Plan Funding and Beyond


Providing Input on Spending of Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds  —

Strengthening State and Local Economies in Partnership with NonprofitsState and local governments are actively deciding how to spend the funds allocated to them under the American Rescue Plan Act. To equip governments and nonprofits with the best information and framework for prioritizing this spending for the public good, the National Council of Nonprofits published a Special Report, Strengthening State and Local Economies in Partnership with Nonprofits: Principles, Recommendations, and Models for Investing Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds. It shares guidance based in part on recent examples from across th e country to help governments and charitable nonprofits work together serving people in local communities.

If you would like to help your participants access direct federal funding for families and individuals, please make sure they know about the Child Tax Credit as well as the federal rental assistance available through Rhode Island.  You can direct families to call 2-1-1, or these two websites:

Child Tax Credit:  https://www.whitehouse.gov/child-tax-credit/

Rental Assistance: https://www.rihousing.com/rentreliefri/

Thank you for helping to get the word out about these important supports, and thank you for joining us for this event.

Navigating PPP Forgiveness — GCRI Nonprofit Session with Citrin Cooperman



Co-creating a New, Better Nonprofit-Funder Ecosystem

Many leaders are talking about getting to a “new normal” in our pandemic-altered reality.  But we all know that the pre-COVID “normal” was not necessarily a standard we want to return to.  The pandemic has highlighted many of the inequities and challenges that fall disproportionately on communities of color and lower-income families.  The pre-COVID “normal” nonprofit-funder ecosystem included structural inequities and ineffective and inefficient funding structures.

We have an opportunity to work collaboratively in the midst of this crisis to not only triage urgent needs, but also to make lasting improvements and develop meaningful innovations within that ecosystem, to build a “new better” that truly does support the growth of stronger, more equitable communities.

GCRI is starting a “New Better” Initiative to surface those opportunities for re-envisioning and improving the charitable sector in Rhode island.  We will be having nonprofit discussions, as well as parallel funder discussions, leading us to shared convenings and discussions to help develop some shared goals and values towards a New Better.

External Events and Professional Development Opportunities

Racism and the Economy:  Focus on Health
September 9, 2:00-4:30pm
Federal Reserve Bank

Poverty and Hardship — Then and Now — Annual Census Poverty Data Webinar
September 9, 2:00pm
Coalition on Human Needs

Fundraising Friday: A Bootstrap Capital Campaign and What You Can Learn from It
September 10, 9:00am
Philanthropy Massachusetts

Succeeding with Succession & Nonprofit Executive Transitions
September 14, noon
BridgespanYour Board and Fundraising
September 14, 1:00-4:00pm
Fee: $49 through September 6

20 Years After 9/11:  Lessons in Solidarity
September 14, 3:00-5:00pm
Building Movement Project and SolidarityIs

Introduction to Grant Writing
September 15, 10:00am-noon
Philanthropy Massachusetts
Fee: $30

Do’s and Don’ts of a GuideStar Profile — Maximize Your Fundraising Potential
September 15, 2:00-2:30pm

Unearthing, Acknowledging and Addressing Bias
September 17, 9:00am
Connecticut Nonprofit Alliance
Fee: $75

Champions for Change 2021 Virtual Conference — Leading a Backbone Organization for Collective Impact
September 21-October 5

Creating A Meaningful Brand for Your Nonprofit
September 21
Tech Networks Boston

8 Steps for Cultivating Relationships with Individual Donors
September 21, 1:00p m
Fee: $49 through September 13

Advocacy 101
September 22, noon
United Way of Rhode Island

Next-Level Fundraising: Creative Industry Developments, Compliance Issues, and Legal Risks Affecting Charitable Solicitation
September 28, 12:30
Venable LLC

MassSaves Financial Health and Wellness Summit
October 15, 9:00am
The Midas Collaborative

Contact nancy.wolanski@uwri.org to sign up for GCRI Connect, GCRI’s nonprofit newsletter, to learn about upcoming  events and resources.

GCRI nonprofit 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.

Information about external events and organizations is included as a courtesy and is not designed as an endorsement of any organization or program.