While GCRI is unable to provide grants or funding for nonprofits directly, we are committed to supporting and strengthening the nonprofit sector in Rhode Island.  Working with funders through our Nonprofit Capacity Building Catalyst Group, GCRI looks for opportunities to leverage resources to increase nonprofit sustainability statewide.

Each February GCRI offers a Meet the Funders session, which provides an accessible environment for nonprofits to learn more about a variety of funders across the state.

We periodically offer professional development sessions, nonprofit-funder dialogues and other opportunities, so be sure to subscribe to GCRI Connect, our email newsletter, by emailing Nancy. Wolanski@uwri.org.

Upcoming Nonprofit Trainings

Board Development for Small and Volunteer-Led Nonprofits
September 10, 6:00-8:30pm
United Way, 50 Valley Street, Providence
Small nonprofit organizations are critical members of their communities, close to their members and responsive to their needs. The challenge for small or newer nonprofits – typically with one or no paid staff members – is that the board of directors often serves as the volunteer corps for the organization. This means that they function as both service providers AND governance leaders.  This workshop, led by Dr. Jill Pfitzenmayer Vice President of Capacity Building at the Rhode Island Foundation, is specifically geared towards small nonprofit organizations working in any sector (e.g. human services, arts and culture, environment) negotiating the challenges and opportunities involved in having and engaging a working board. Topics covered will include:

• What are the core responsibilities for all nonprofit board members?
• As a board member, how do you balance your role in governance with your role providing services or programs to your community?
• How do you effectively fundraise for your organization as a board member?
• What are your options for growth? e.g. should you hire staff, or should you remain an all-volunteer organization?

The Rhode Island Foundation will be presenting this training in partnership with Grantmakers Council of Rhode Island and the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts.  Register

Using Strategic Measures to Accelerate Social Impact
New Date — September 24, 8:30-11:30am
United Way, 50 Valley Street, Providence
All organizations struggle with leveraging resources in a way that provides the greatest impact.  Meaningfully measuring impact to communicate to management, board and donors is critical. Learn from Rebeka Mazzone and other expert volunteers from Citrin Cooperman how to identify what measures will work best for you and how to develop a Balanced Scorecard to provide a comprehensive view of your organization.  Register

Salesforce for Nonprofits:  Maximize Your Organization’s Ability to Share Impact
Tuesday, October 8, 8:30am 
United Way of Rhode Island, 50 Valley Street, Providence
Do you wish you had better impact data to share with your donors and stakeholders? Would streamlining your tracking processes create more resources for programmatic work? Join Grantmakers Council of Rhode Island and Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island to learn about Salesforce’s free Nonprofit Success Pack (free for organizations with 10 or fewer staff). Learn from a Salesforce subject matter expert about the ways the Nonprofit Success Pack could benefit your organization and the resources that Salesforce provides. You’ll have the opportunity to ask questions around your specific organization’s needs, and how Salesforce might support those needs long-term.  Register

Portraits of Generosity: 2018 U.S. Trust® Study of High Net Worth Philanthropy
Wednesday, October 23, 8:30-10:00am
United Way of Rhode Island, 50 Valley Street, Providence
What are the trends in giving and volunteering among America’s high net worth households? What causes do they support, and why? How can nonprofits use this knowledge to advance their missions? Join Hannah B. Kanstroom, Philanthropic Strategist with Bank of America Private Bank’s National Consulting and Advisory Practice, for an in-depth discussion of the latest study findings.  Register

Skills Based Volunteerism

GCRI’s Employee Engagement Catalyst Group is also actively working to increase skills-based volunteerism by employees at GCRI member organizations.  These volunteers offer occasional content workshops, consulting and pro bono project work.  More information on GCRI’s Skills-Based Volunteer Initiative

Resources for Rhode Island Nonprofits

Please note that these links are provided for reference purposes only and do not imply endorsement of any organization or opinion reflected on these sites.  Rhode Island resources are listed first in each category, followed by national resources.

GCRI shares information about opportunities provided by GCRI members, as well as various organizations across the state that provide professional and organizational development support for nonprofits, information on RFP’s, training and resources available to Rhode Island nonprofits through GCRI Connect, our periodic e-newsletter for nonprofits.  If you would like to receive GCRI Connect, please email Nancy.wolanski@uwri.org to be added to the email list.

Grant Research and Grantwriting

Foundation Collection at Providence Public Library

Foundation Center’s GrantSpace — training, Knowledge Base, foundation database

Foundation Center’s Foundation Directory Online


Bolder Advocacy/Alliance for Justice: Advocacy Capacity Tool (ACT!)

Bolder Advocacy/Alliance for Justice: ACT! Quick

Bolder Advocacy/Alliance for Justice: Power Check (evaluating community organizing)

Boards and Governance



Greater Boston Evaluation Network

Financial Education and Empowerment

GCRI Speakers and Resources

Financial Management

FMA Financial Management Tools for Nonprofits


Association of Fundraising Professionals Rhode Island Chapter

Graphic Design

Johnson & Wales University Feinstein Technology & Design Center — project-based graphic support for Rhode Island nonprofits provided by students

Information Technology

Free Geek — computers for nonprofits and low-income individuals in Rhode Island

Idealware — training and assistance with technology decisions

Microsoft — product donation, discounts and grants

Tech Soup — discounted and donated technology and software

Job Postings

RI Community Jobs Listserv — hosted by Swearer Center at Brown University

Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship Job Postings

Net Impact jobs newsletter

Nonprofit Tech Job Postings


Massachusetts Nonprofit Network Job Postings

Legal Assistance and Resources

Roger Williams University Pro Bono Collaborative — project-based legal assistance for Rhode Island nonprofits serving low-income individuals provided by lawyers and law students

Roger Williams University Business Start-Up Clinic (provides nonprofit assistance as well) — project-based legal assistance for Rhode Island nonprofits provided by law students

Lawyers Clearinghouse — provides legal assistance and pro bono work for Massachusetts nonprofits

Venable Legal Resources Regarding Government Grants

Office Furniture

The Furniture Trust

Pro Bono and Skills-Based Volunteers

Roger Williams University Community Partnerships Center — Project-based assistance from students and graduate students

United Way of Rhode Island

Taproot Foundation — connect with at-a-distance pro bono experts

Professional and Organizational Development

Rhode Island Foundation’s Initiative for Nonprofit Excellence

Expansion Arts — Organizational development for Rhode Island arts organizations, funded by Rhode Island Council for the Humanities, Rhode Island Foundation, and Rhode Island State Council on the Arts

Association of Fundraising Professionals Rhode Island chapter

Free and Low-Cost Training Webinars and Online Courses




Project Management Resources

Ocean State Project Management Institute — pro bono project management mentoring for Rhode Island nonprofits

Templates and Sample Documents

Society for Nonprofits (includes board member agreements and strategic plan outlines)

Tech Soup (RFP resources for technology projects)

Volunteer Recruitment

Volunteer Center at United Way of Rhode Island

All for Good

Volunteer Match

Finding/Working with Consultants

Southern New England Nonprofit Consultant Directory

Starting a Nonprofit

Foundation Center’s nonprofit startup guide and RI specific guide

BoardSource FAQ’s — Should I Start a Nonprofit? and Starting a Nonprofit

GCRI sends out occasional information about resources and opportunities available to Rhode Island nonprofits, as well as RFP’s and funding opportunities.  If you are interested in joining our nonprofit maling list, please email nancy.wolanski@uwri.org.