Valuable benefits for GCRI members

Professional Development

Training opportunities for your organization’s staff available for free or reduced cost, including workshops, issue forums and webinars.

Opportunities for Collaborative Learning and Partnership

Join with other local funders to learn about issues facing Rhode Island, best practices, effective strategies for replication, nonprofit initiatives, potential private-public partnerships, and opportunities to leverage the resources and influence of the philanthropic community to maximize community impact statewide.

Local and National Connections

Local networking events, as well as connection to funding organizations throughout the country through GCRI’s membership in United Philanthropy Forum (60 regional and national philanthropy-serving organizations, including 7,000 members).

Best Practices and Resource Library

No need to reinvent the wheel!  Discover sample policies, forms and applications; proven prototypes; and evaluation tools through the Forum KnowledgeBase online.

Organizational Assistance

GCRI can serve as a valuable conduit, linking you to specific resources, organizations, best practices, peer organizations and references that address your organization’s particular concerns and challenges.

Publicity for Initiatives, Grants and Job Opportunities

Members can highlight successful programs by submitting profiles for posting on the Member Highlight page of the GCRI website.  Profiles can also be included in Greater Good, the GCRI  e-newsletter.  Information can also be submitted to publicize RFP’s, new funding programs and job openings.  Job openings can also be publicized on our national network’s website.

Foundation Legal Help Desk

The Foundation Legal Help Desk is designed to provide community, private and family foundations with access to answers to legal questions related to the operations of a foundation through a yearly low-cost fee. The foundation world is a complex field that requires specialized legal knowledge and many foundations do not have easy access to an attorney with expertise in this field. The Help Desk is operated by our colleagues at the Indiana Philanthropy Alliance. Different levels and fees are available depending on organizational size and usage.

Grantmaking Tools and Technology

GCRI members are eligible for 5% discounts on (Bromelkamp Company); and a 10% discount for PhilanTrack, an online grants management software.


GCRI members are eligible for discounted subscriptions to the Stanford Social Innovation Review, The Foundation Review and Alliance magazine.


Great American Insurance Group offers premium pricing to GCRI members on D&O liability, fiduciary liability, employment liability, cyber liability and more.

Candid (GuideStar)

GCRI members are eligible for 20% discounts on popular products like GuideStar Premium and Pro, Financial SCAN, GuideStar Nonprofit Compensation Report and GuideStar Charity Check.

Discount on Exponent Philanthropy Membership

Exponent Philanthropy is an association of small grantmakers focused on foundations with few or no staff, philanthropic families, and individual donors. GCRI members can receive $100 off the first year of membership in Exponent Philanthropy.

Administration Resources

GCRI members receive a discount on time and expense tracking services through ClickTime, a leader in nonprofit timesheets; Cureo, an easy-to-use engagement hub designed for nonprofits; CrowdCompass, a custom branded mobile event app for conferences; and Ring Central, offering virtual phone, videoconferencing and webinar services.

Community Foundation Services

Community foundations can take advantage of support through the United Philanthropy Forum, including a national listserv for CEOs of community foundations and a $400 discount on the Kansas Association of Community Foundations’ On-Line Community Foundation Express Training for new and seasoned practitioners.