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 are grateful for all your work to respond to our community’s needs.

If you are staff at a GCRI member organization, and are interested in volunteering as an FCC volunteer content expert, please fill out the Flash Consulting Corps Volunteer Application.

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.

Flash Consulting Corps

Often nonprofit organizations need a brief consult with a content expert in order to move forward with planning, strategy or even engaging additional professional expertise.  We are piloting a Flash Consulting Corps (FCC), comprised of volunteers from GCRI organizations with expertise in a variety of areas.  These FCC volunteers have offered to meet with nonprofit staff either in-person or by phone for one hour to provide perspective and insight on a challenge facing the nonprofit in the volunteer’s area of expertise.

If you are staff at a GCRI member organization, and are interested in volunteering as an FCC volunteer content expert, please fill out the Flash Consulting Corps Volunteer Application.

If you are a nonprofit organization that would like to request a Flash Consult, please fill out a Flash Consulting Nonprofit Request.

GCRI Resources for Nonprofits

Grantmakers Council of Rhode Island (GCRI) member organizations are committed to supporting Rhode Island nonprofit organizations, not only through grantmaking but also through volunteerism.  This includes group “team building” volunteer projects, Board service, and volunteerism utilizing specific professional expertise (Skills-Based Volunteerism or pro bono work).  GCRI has piloted a Skills-Based Volunteerism Initiative in partnership with United Way of Rhode Island in order to recruit and deploy skilled volunteers to assist nonprofits statewide.

Skills-Based Volunteer Needs

We would also like to know about skilled volunteer opportunities within your organizations, for assistance with programs, events, projects and committees.  We publicize these one-time and ongoing volunteer needs to GCRI member companies, and while we cannot guarantee a volunteer to address your needs, we are excited about the potential to link the expertise of these large companies with ongoing needs in the community.

We have created a simple application for you to request skilled volunteers for organizational committees (ie, Finance, Marketing, Development, Governance, etc.).  If you have openings on any of your committees, and would like to request skilled volunteers, please use this Committee Volunteer Request Form, and fill out a separate form for each committee.

If you have needs for skilled volunteers to assist with programs or events (one-time or ongoing), please use this Skilled Volunteer Request Form.  This could be a request for a human resources professional to help with mock interviews or resume advice, or a software developer to help with a coding event, or a finance person to help teach financial literacy.  If you have questions about a potential project or about utilizing skills-based volunteers effectively, please contact Janice.pothierpac@uwri.org.