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Nonprofits create and manage a budget
By Connie Grosch / November 17, 2016
One of six workshops focusing on nonprofit fundamentals – a training series designed to help organizations that run without paid staff.

Nonprofits receive $18.2 million in first half of 2016
By Chris Barnett / August 15, 2016
We awarded $18.2 million in grants to fund hundreds of programs serving Rhode Islanders throughout the state in the first half of 2016

Working together, learning from each other
By Jill Pfitzenmayer / May 11, 2016
The 2016 Best Practice Awards represent the incredible achievements of our nonprofits. By learning from each other, we can make positive change in the lives of every Rhode Islander.

A learning agenda: what it is and why you need it
By Mary-Kim Arnold / April 5, 2016
At the heart of a learning agenda is a set of "key questions" that you are interested in answering about your program or organization that can provide focus, context, and clarity to whatever measurement and assessment activities you are currently using.

2016 Nonprofit Best Practice Awards
By Jill Pfitzenmayer / February 5, 2016
The Initiative for Nonprofit Excellence (INE) best practice award program honors Rhode Island nonprofit organizations doing outstanding work in the sector.

Beyond the numbers
By Mary-Kim Arnold / January 12, 2016
In discussing evaluation and impact, it is easy to get caught up in a numbers game. There is tremendous pressure to report on how our work is making a difference, and scale (“Billions and billions served!”) seems like the most expedient way to demonstrate why our organizations and our programs matter.

Types of Evaluation: Which is right for you?
By Mary-Kim Arnold / November 19, 2015
Because evaluation is so specific to a context, issue, or question, the approach you take to evaluating a particular program or set of activities will vary according to your needs.

By Mary-Kim Arnold / October 21, 2015
Evaluation is specific to a context, issue, or question. Therefore, when designing your evaluation, it is important to understand why you are gathering a particular piece of information and how you will use it.

Celebrating excellence to be emulated
By Jill Pfitzenmayer / May 13, 2015
Rhode Island’s innovative nonprofit's can learn a lot from each other. That’s why we present Best Practice Awards every year. It’s a great way for nonprofits to showcase their amazing work while sharing successes that have the potential to be of widespread benefit to other organizations.

Creating a pipeline of nonprofit leaders for the future
By Chris Barnett / January 15, 2015
Participants in our Emerging Leaders program are paired with experienced mentors for 10 months of self-directed learning, through which they will create their own customized professional development plans.

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