Our Blog RSS

The latest news and occasional commentary about what’s happening at the Foundation and around our great state. 

Rhode Island Foundation Blog


We are proud to be part of the Rhode Island community! Follow our blog for the latest news and occasional commentary about what’s happening at the Foundation and around our great state.

Building the next generation of nonprofit leadership
By Jill Pfitzenmayer / May 1, 2019 /   Loading Disqus...

Nonprofits are a crucial partner in our work. That’s why we encourage people to think about their involvement in the nonprofit sector along a continuum. Some organizations might be where you make an annual gift, while others are where you want to volunteer. But some nonprofit missions are so compelling that people want to give their time and financial support at the highest level by serving on the board of directors. We want to help those dedicated individuals express their passion for mission through board service.

To assist them, we once again held a free Board Bootcamp Leadership program – our second in as many years – as part of our capacity building work. In hopes of adding much-needed diversity to nonprofit boards, we particularly seek participants who are under 35, or who identify as persons of color, or as persons with low- to moderate-income, and who have never served on a board before.

The two-day program equips participants with the awareness, skills, and capabilities to serve on a nonprofit board. We introduce you to Rhode Island’s nonprofit sector, explain the workings of nonprofit governance, guide you through financial statements, and discuss a board’s role in fundraising and fund development.


Some feedback from participants:

"I absolutely loved the entire session – it was helpful in every way,

from fundraising to how to handle common challenges."


"The mock board meeting gave us a really good feel for the process."


"The panel discussion was extremely engaging, offering valuable insight into what it means to serve on a board, based upon real personal experience."


 “It is incredibly satisfying to work with people who wish to have a positive impact on their communities through nonprofit board service,” says Keith Tavares, our Capacity Building Officer. “We often hear that Rhode Island nonprofits have difficulty identifying and recruiting good solid board members. I believe the Board Bootcamp program and the diverse group of volunteers who participate in it can play an important role in filling that gap.”

If you would like to be notified of a future opportunity to participate in a Board Bootcamp Leadership program, please contact Keith Tavares at ktavares@rifoundation.org or 401-427-4054.


blog comments powered by Disqus

Featured Post

  • Rhode Island Foundation announces six recipients of college scholarships in the name of Roger Williams Posted last month
    The four-year, renewable scholarships are through the Carter Roger Williams Initiative, which was launched two years ago by philanthropists Letitia and late John Carter.
  • Rhode Island Foundation awards $285,000 to Newport County nonprofits Posted last month
    The grants, through our Newport County Fund, will underwrite a host of activities ranging from workforce training and after-school activities to preventing relationship violence and protecting vulnerable seniors.
  • $2.6 million awarded for behavioral health care Posted last month
    Six nonprofit organizations will use $2.6 million in grants to support primary and secondary prevention models and high-quality, affordable behavioral health care services across the state. The funding is the first from the Behavioral Health Fund at the Rhode Island Foundation.
  • Vision and commitment Posted last month
    Hundreds of community and business leaders, donors, grant recipients, and other partners gathered at the Rhode Island Convention Center on May 16 for our 2019 Annual Meeting. Here are highlights of what our President and CEO Neil D. Steinberg told them.
  • Rose Fund grants stimulate civic and cultural dialogue Posted 2 months ago
    The primary goals are to strengthen libraries and other civic, cultural and literacy-focused organizations and expand their role as community centers that stimulate dialogue around critical issues.
Read More »


LocationOne Union Station
Providence, RI 02903


(401) 274-4564

E-News Sign Up