2022 Rhode Island Nonprofit Sector Survey
In 2020, Grantmakers Council of Rhode Island (GCRI) and Fio Partners did a survey of Rhode Island nonprofits to determine the impact of COVID-19 on their work and financial viability. The following year, GCRI and United Way of Rhode Island (UWRI) did a second survey in the second year of the pandemic.
This year, GCRI and UWRI sponsored a more comprehensive survey to give an overview of the state of the Ocean State’s nonprofit sector.
Check out the results from the 2022 survey that were recently shared as a webinar. Recording Slides
GCRI Resources for Nonprofits
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.
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.firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to the email list.
Starting a Nonprofit?
Is Starting a Nonprofit Right For You? Free, on demand course from Candid
Foundation Center’s nonprofit startup guide and RI specific guide
BoardSource FAQ’s — Should I Start a Nonprofit? and Starting a Nonprofit
Creating a Strategic Plan — recording from SCORE Boston
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
Free Candid self-paced course: Introduction to Finding Grants
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)
Bolder Advocacy “Influencing Public Policy in the Digital Age” Resource Guide
Boards and Governance
Greater Boston Evaluation Network
Financial Education and Empowerment
FMA Financial Management Tools for Nonprofits
Association of Fundraising Professionals Rhode Island Chapter
Free Candid books related to fundraising
- Nonprofit Fundraising 101
- Nonprofit Essentials: The Development Plan
- The Nonprofit Development Companion: A Workbook for Fundraising Success
Johnson & Wales University Feinstein Technology & Design Center — project-based graphic support for Rhode Island nonprofits provided by students
Idealware — training and assistance with technology decisions
Microsoft — product donation, discounts and grants
Tech Soup — discounted and donated technology and software
Insurance for Nonprofits
GCRI Session Recording 4/5/2022 — David Madara, OceanPoint Insurance
RI Community Jobs Listserv — hosted by Swearer Center at Brown University
Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship Job Postings
Massachusetts Nonprofit Network Job Postings
Legal Assistance and Resources
Building for Good — provides pro bono construction lawyers, contact Program Director, Susie Lazaroff, at email@example.com or at 877-253-4433, for more information
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
Legal Templates — Stanford University Law School
Venable Legal Resources Regarding Government Grants
Pro Bono and Skills-Based Volunteers
Roger Williams University Community Partnerships Center — Project-based assistance from students and graduate students
Taproot Foundation — connect with at-a-distance pro bono experts
Professional and Organizational Development
Rhode Island Foundation’s Capacity Building
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
NonprofitReady.org — free online professional development
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 Center at United Way of Rhode Island
Finding/Working with Consultants
Southern New England Nonprofit Consultant Directory
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.