COVID-19 Update

To All RI Nonprofit Leaders,

Grantmakers Council of Rhode Island (GCRI) is deeply concerned for you and your nonprofit during this unprecedented global health crisis with COVID-19.  All our members are quickly exploring ways to extend their support of your frontline efforts to address the urgent needs throughout the state.  One way we hope to be of assistance is to provide some free consultation.
In collaboration with United Way of RI, GCRI is piloting a Flash Consulting Corps (FCC), comprised of volunteers from GCRI organizations and affiliated consultants with expertise in a variety of areas related to fund development, communications, marketing, strategic planning, financial management, budgeting, management, leadership and governance.  During this current COVID-19 Pandemic period where social distancing remains our best weapon against the spread of the disease, our volunteers will meet with nonprofit staff by phone or video conferencing to provide perspective and insight on a challenge facing the nonprofit in the volunteer’s area of expertise. 

If you would like to speak to an expert in an area concerning your organization, please take a few minutes to complete this survey.  As GGRI volunteers are available, we will match their expertise with your request and put you in contact with them.

GCRI is here to support you in as many ways as we can.  We stand with you during this time of crisis and community response.

Please also visit the GCRI page of COVID-19 Resources for Nonprofits for additional information relevant to nonprofits during this public health and economic crisis.

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.

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 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 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 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