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
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.
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.email@example.com 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
Boards and Governance
Financial Education and Empowerment
FMA Financial Management Tools for Nonprofits
Johnson & Wales University Feinstein Technology & Design Center — project-based graphic support for Rhode Island nonprofits provided by students
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
RI Community Jobs Listserv — hosted by Swearer Center at Brown University
Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship 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
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 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
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)
Finding/Working with Consultants
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.