United Way of Rhode Island is partnering with local nonprofit leaders to design a new nonprofit resource hub to build the capacity of nonprofits across the state. While the effort is designed to be inclusive and accessible for all social impact organizations, United Way is committed to centering the voices and priorities of BIPOC-led and smaller nonprofits.
We would like to help lift up existing capacity building resources, address obstacles that nonprofits have to accessing support, and develop new initiatives that can strengthen nonprofit organizations and empower and equip the staff who work in the sector.
There will be three phases of the design process, guided by a Design Team made up of 11 local nonprofit leaders and facilitated by Community Wealth Partners, a consulting firm with extensive experience in this type of work:
Stage 1 — Landscape Mapping and Needs Assessment
Stage 2 — Visioning
Stage 3 — Business Model Development
Deb Linnell, a local consultant, with extensive experience in nonprofit capacity building, has built on statewide input by researching both traditional and innovative national capacity building models.
There will continue to be open opportunities for input at each stage, through public Input Sessions, surveys and an online portal. We would like to have stakeholders (nonprofit staff, Board members, volunteers, participants, policymakers, etc.) from across the state participate in the design process to ensure that your concerns, needs and innovative ideas are incorporated.
Please share your ideas, questions and concerns below: