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.wolanski@uwri.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

Strategic Planning

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

GCRI Speakers and Resources

Financial Management

FMA Financial Management Tools for Nonprofits


Association of Fundraising Professionals Rhode Island Chapter
Free Candid books related to fundraising

Graphic Design

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

Information Technology

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

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

Building for Good — provides pro bono construction lawyers, contact Program Director, Susie Lazaroff, at slazaroff@building4good.org 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

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 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 Recruitment

Volunteer Center at United Way of Rhode Island

All for Good

Volunteer Match

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 nancy.wolanski@uwri.org.