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Jill Pfitzenmayer
Jill Pfitzenmayer
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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.

2015 Nonprofit Best Practice Awards- Now accepting nominations!
By Jill Pfitzenmayer / February 25, 2015
The Initiative for Nonprofit Excellence (INE) best practice award program honors the passion and impact of five Rhode Island nonprofit organizations. Each award includes an unrestricted grant of $1,000 and a tuition waiver for up to two board/staff members in any INE program for up to a year after the award.

Featured Post

  • Making science come alive Posted 5 months ago
    Thanks to our Carter Spark Grant, Narragansett Elementary School students just learned a lot about life around Narragansett Bay. Special education teacher Karen Festa used the grant to bring Save the Bay’s living “Bay Classroom Experience” to school.
  • Roger Williams' ideals come to life in scholarship recipients Posted 6 months ago
    The Rhode Island Foundation is sending seven high school seniors off to college with scholarships honoring Roger Williams, the state’s founding father.The four-year, renewable scholarships are through the Carter Roger Williams Initiative, which was launched last year by philanthropists Letitia and the late John Carter.
  • Carter fellowships inspire innovation Posted 6 months ago
    The recipients will receive $200,000 over four years to test and implement their proposals to dramatically improve life in Rhode Island thanks to the generosity of philanthropists Letitia and the late John Carter.
  • Grants will improve health of RI'ers Posted 7 months ago
    Our RIGHA Foundation Fund awards more than $280,000 in grants to promote primary health care.
  • Introducing moves to fuel growth and expansion Posted 8 months ago
    We are launching a new grantmaking opportunity, refining our strategic priorities, adopting impact targets and adding new staff positions to support work with partners, donors, nonprofits and community leaders.
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