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Rhode Island Foundation honors five nonprofits with 2017 Best Practice Awards
By Chris Barnett / October 5, 2017
“These recipients emerged from a highly competitive process and an impressive group of nominees,” said Jill Pfitzenmayer, vice president of the Foundation’s Initiative for Nonprofit Excellence.

Nonprofit board and staff: check out these great learning opportunities
By Keith Tavares / August 28, 2017
We are excited to announce our fall programs that provide opportunities for nonprofit staff and board members to learn new skills and techniques to help them better achieve their organizations’ missions.

July 24 is deadline for nonprofits to apply for our Best Practice Awards
By Chris Barnett / July 10, 2017
Winners will receive a $1,000 grant, a promotional video highlighting their work and tuition waivers for professional development workshops.

Nonprofits create and manage a budget
By Connie Grosch / November 17, 2016
One of six workshops focusing on nonprofit fundamentals – a training series designed to help organizations that run without paid staff.

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.

Featured Post

  • RI 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.
  • Making science come alive Posted last year
    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 last year
    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.
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