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.

Strengthening people and organizations
By Jill Pfitzenmayer / November 9, 2016 /   Loading Disqus...


Capacity building refers to activities and actions that strengthen a nonprofit organization and improve its effectiveness. Strategic planning, technology upgrades, operational improvements, and board development are all critical to a nonprofit's organizational and financial stability, program quality, and growth.

To further our support of capacity building among Rhode Island's nonprofits, we called upon seven leaders to share their stories at our recent Centennial Community Conversations, Strengthening People and Organizations.

"We weren't just going to need a kitchen and a web site.... We'd need a strategic plan, a way to track outcomes."

Keith Cooper, Beautiful Day



"It was important to take stock of who we were, what our community needed, and how to best deliver those services."

Beth Cunha, Center for Dynamic Learning


"Our capacity building is not about our internal structure, but building capacity within the state to respond."

Peg Langhammer, Day One



"I was invited to challenge myself to think differently – moving outside of my comfort zone as an executive director."

Marta Martinez, RI Latino Arts

"It is often too easy to raise money to hire program staff and too hard to raise the money to support them." 

Andy Posner, Capital Good Fund



"I  thank the Foundation for providing perspective, for providing funds for executive directors to grow, for coaching me to be more effective."

Hillary Salmons, Providence After School Alliance



“The investment came at a critical time, when we faced a turning point in funding and board governance. It put us on a new path of growth and development." 

Jonathan Stone, Save the Bay


"This program highlights the kind of work that is critical to nonprofit success, " said Jill Pfitzenmayer, Vice President, Initiative for Nonprofit Excellence. "It's about supporting strong governance, leadership, and strategic thinking."



blog comments powered by Disqus

Featured Post

  • Rhode Island Foundation announces six recipients of college scholarships in the name of Roger Williams Posted 2 months ago
    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 2 months ago
    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 3 months ago
    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 3 months ago
    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 3 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