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

Strengthening people and organizations
By Jill Pfitzenmayer / November 9, 2016
The Civic Leadership Fund presents Centennial Community Conversations: Strengthening People and Organizations. Seven non-profit leaders tell us how they do it.

Coming this fall: learning opportunities for nonprofit staff and board members
By Jill Pfitzenmayer / August 30, 2016
We are excited to announce our lineup of fall programs that provides learning opportunities for nonprofit staff and board members.

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.

Nomination deadline for Nonprofit Best Practice Awards extended to Monday, March 28
By Jill Pfitzenmayer / March 22, 2016
You still have time to recognize the important, innovative work being done by a Rhode Island nonprofit.

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.

Building a culture of philanthropy
By Jill Pfitzenmayer / December 21, 2015
The Initiative for Nonprofit Excellence sponsored a program featuring Simone Joyaux, ACFRE, Adv Dip. Simone’s message to board members and development staff is that in order to be successful in raising funds from individual donors, an organization needs a culture of philanthropy.

Building the board your organization deserves
By Jill Pfitzenmayer / November 12, 2015
The most essential factor for any high performing board is the unanimous decision that this is how the board will operate.

Survey of nonprofit leaders says...
By Jill Pfitzenmayer / June 18, 2015
Nearly 100 Ocean State nonprofit leaders talk about their challenges and what is needed to keep their organizations healthy and sustainable.

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.

Featured Post

  • Rhode Island Foundation announces six recipients of college scholarships in the name of Roger Williams Posted last week
    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 week
    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 weeks 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 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 last month
    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.
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