Initiative for
Nonprofit Excellence

The Initiative for Nonprofit Excellence at the Rhode Island Foundation builds the capacity of nonprofit organizations so they can better achieve their missions. We value our nonprofit partners and the work they do and we are committed to strengthening the sector. Learn about upcoming INE opportunities.

The Initiative supports nonprofits by sharing best practices, providing tools, doing good research, and encouraging leadership. We provide tools and information to promote:

  • Good governance
  • Sound management
  • Cross-sector collaboration
  • Reliable research

Our work

The Newport County Community Mental Health Center accepts its 2016 Best Practice Award.
Trinity Repertory Company was one of five nonprofit organizations to receive a 2017 Best Practice Award through this Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island-sponsored program.

Since 2008, we have provided training, technical assistance, funding, and support to nearly 3,000 program participants representing more than 1,100 organizations. We believe strong leadership is a cornerstone for nonprofit success. INE programs have offered leadership development for more than 1,000 board members, 160 Rhode Island Foundation Fellows, and 50 Emerging Leaders.

Strong infrastructure means that organizations have the capacity to deliver services more effectively. INE has provided multi-year capacity-building and support to more than 30 nonprofits.

More from the Initiative for Nonprofit Excellence 

Attendees applaud the 2016 Best Practice Award recipients.

2017 Best Practice Awards

See video highlights of the great work our 2017 Best Practice Awardees are doing in the community.

Nonprofit emerging leaders are paired with experienced mentors.

Nonprofit emerging leaders

Our Nonprofit Emerging Leaders program is providing unique learning opportunities for aspiring leaders through a year-long mentoring program.

Through the blog, our  Jill Pfitzenmayer offers insights on nonprofit leadership, Foundation Fellows, and more.

Nonprofit insights

The INE's Jill Pfitzenmayer offers insights on nonprofit leadership, Foundation Fellows, and more.

Read Jill's blog posts.


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