Upcoming Offerings

The INE offers workshops and convenings to share best practices in nonprofit management and governance.

Staff of area nonprofits enjoyed "speed dating" to meet and talk with some of Rhode Island's corporate funders. Our partners for this fun and informative session were Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island, CVS Health, Fidelity Investments, and the Grantmakers Council of Rhode Island.

Check out our current schedule

(Click on the event title for more information on the program and to register.)

Organizational Development

"Meet the Funders"
Date: Friday, February 12, 2016
Time: 9:00 - 11:00 AM
Location: Rhode Island Foundation

Rhode Island nonprofits are invited to come learn more about the funding priorities and processes of local funding organizations. Join us in collaboration with the Grantmakers Council of Rhode Island on February 12 for a "Meet the Funders" event. Learn about fund development best practices from different organizational funding perspectives, have your questions answered in small group settings, and network with other nonprofit leaders

Registration deadline: Friday, February 5, 2016 at 12:00 PM.
Due to capacity, we are limiting registration for this event to no more than one individual per organization and thank you in advance for your cooperation. We plan to offer this event again in the Fall.

Insights from an evaluation director

Date: Thursday, February 25, 2016
Time: 9:00 - 10:30 AM
Location: Rhode Island Foundation

How can nonprofits communicate their impact most effectively to funders when faced with limited resources? Bring your questions as we explore this topic in-depth with our Mary-Kim Arnold, director of evaluation and learning.

This presentation is geared toward small to mid-sized nonprofits that are not likely able to hire external evaluators.

Read more of Mary-Kim's insights on evaluation on the Foundation blog.

Leadership Development

Executive director peer learning lunch

Dates: meets the third Thursday of each month
Time: 12:00 - 2:00 PM at Rhode Island Foundation
Target audience: executive directors, especially those new to their roles
Fee: FREE!
It’s lonely at the top! We hear this from executive directors all the time, especially those who are new in the role. To help executive directors connect and network with a group of peers, join us for an informal luncheon and peer learning group. This is a monthly lunch meeting designed to help executive directors (especially those new to their role) learn on the job. Informal coaching and resource sharing will be part of every meeting, and lunch will be provided. Meetings will be facilitated by INE staff, but the content and topics will be determined by the group members.

Board Development

Introduction to nonprofit board service

Date: Thursday, March 3, 2016
Time: 5:30 - 7:00 PM

In this training, our Jill Pfitzenmayer, vice president for the Initiative for Nonprofit Excellence, will provide an overview of the basic roles and responsibilities of nonprofit board members, as well as best practices for holding great board meetings. New board members, and those with an interest in learning more about board service, are welcome to attend.

Board chair peer learning
Dates: meets every six weeks at Rhode Island Foundation; next meeting is March 11, 2016
Time: 12:30 - 2:30 PM
Target audience: nonprofit board chairs
Fee: FREE!
This informal peer networking session is designed to help board chairs learn on the job. Informal coaching and resource sharing will be part of every meeting. Meetings will be facilitated by INE staff, but the content and topics will be determined by the group members.


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Providence, RI 02903


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