Initiative for
Nonprofit Excellence

The Initiative for Nonprofit Excellence at the Rhode Island Foundation builds the capacity of nonprofit organizations so they can better achieve their missions. We value our nonprofit partners and the work they do and we are committed to strengthening the sector.

 Initiative for Nonprofit Excellence

The Initiative supports nonprofits by sharing best practices, providing tools, doing good research, and encouraging leadership. We provide tools and information to promote:

  • Good governance
  • Sound management
  • Cross-sector collaboration
  • Reliable research

Our work

Since 2008, we have provided training, technical assistance, funding, and support to nearly 3,000 program participants representing more than 1,100 organizations.

Newport County Community Mental Health Center was one of five nonprofit organizations to receive a 2016 Best Practices Award through a Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island-sponsored program.

We believe strong leadership is a cornerstone for nonprofit success. INE programs have offered leadership development for more than 1,000 board members, 160 Rhode Island Foundation Fellows, and 50 Emerging Leaders.

Strong infrastructure means that organizations have the capacity to deliver services more effectively. INE has provided multi-year capacity-building and support to more than 30 nonprofits.

Learn more about upcoming INE opportunities.

More from the Initiative for Nonprofit Excellence 

2016 INE Best Practices Awards Reception

See photos from our Best Practices Awards reception and watch the videos showcasing each of the five nonprofit organizations that were honored.

2015 Foundation Fellows

Thirteen nonprofit executives have been named Foundation Fellows as part of a leadership development program that aims to energize mid-career executives in the state's nonprofit sector.

Nonprofit emerging leaders

Our Nonprofit Emerging Leaders program is providing unique learning opportunities for aspiring leaders through a year-long mentoring program.

Nonprofit insights

The INE's Jill Pfitzenmayer offers insights on nonprofit leadership, Foundation Fellows, and more.

Read Jill's blog posts.


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Providence, RI 02903


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