2016-2017

Changing lives and strengthening our community, together.

THE CHALLENGE

Rhode Island has the highest percentage of people living in poverty in New England. We can do better.

In 2016, we increased opportunities for thousands of Rhode Islanders. How? By delivering much-needed services, funding programs that work, and by sharing the stories that we hear everyday – from Rhode Islanders just like you -- with our community leaders, elected officials and legislators. 

Hard times don’t discriminate – sometimes life just happens. With your help, we can be there for even more Rhode Islanders during the hard times in the coming year. Click below for more opportunities or read on to see the progress we’ve made in 2016.
 

Change starts with you:

OUR WORK

Yes on 7

We helped pass Yes on 7, which will bring the dream of a safe, affordable place to call home to Rhode Islanders across the state.

This Housing Bond will help produce 800 housing units, address urban blight, and create 1,700 good-paying jobs for Rhode Island building and construction workers.

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2-1-1

2-1-1 celebrated ten years of answering more than 1.6 million calls for those in need in Rhode Island, growing from a small staff of 5 to 25.

With the support of Citizens Bank, 2-1-1 has formed a partnership with The POINT, Rhode Island Aging and Disability Resource Center, and offers help-on-the-go with its 2-1-1 Outreach RV.

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MyFund

We introduced MyFund, a free, online account that makes giving to your favorite causes quick and easy when pledging $1,000 or more to United Way.

With MyFund, donors receive one tax receipt at the end of the year, can donate to any verified 501(c)(3) in the country, and share the account with family.

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Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program

Nearly 13,000 individuals and families were able to get free tax preparation services, returning over $23,000,000 directly into their pockets through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program.

In partnership with Citizens Bank, we invested $210,000 to support VITA. The total amount saved on VITA site tax preparation fees in 2017 was $4,329,000.

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Hasbro Summer Learning Initiative

1,103 Rhode Island youth across 10 communities and 14 programs took part in the Hasbro Summer Learning Initiative, a hands-on and enriching summer learning curriculum with an emphasis on service learning.   

In partnership with Hasbro, Inc., we provide an innovative solution to summer learning loss: 210 hours of programming that promotes civic-mindedness and citizenship.

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Afterschool Leadership Circle

More than 100 education professionals, representing high-quality programs statewide, attended Afterschool and Summer Learning Day at the State House in May to share the impact of their work.

Demand for high-quality summer learning programs is expected to outstrip availability, which is why the ALC works to build stronger advocates for students and programs.

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OUR GRANTEES

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DONORS GAVE

$4,060,190

to our Community Impact Fund

Rhode Islanders helped

Adult Ed + Workforce Development

$ 449,697

Afterschool + Youth Development

$ 1,049,831

Financial Literacy

$ 504,340

Health

$ 325,000

Housing + Homelessness

$ 824,902

Olneyville Community Fund

$ 89,500

Summer Learning

$ 613,920

VITA

$ 203,000
BASIC SUPPORTS

$2,206,939

helped Rhode Islanders meet basic needs.

LIFELONG LEARNING

$1,763,751

helped Rhode Islanders learn and improve their lives.

OUR DONORS

When you support United Way of Rhode Island, you support more than one issue or program — you join a movement for change.

OUR DONORS GAVE

$12,783,000

to our neighbors in need

Workplace Campaigns

Last year, more than 400 companies joined our efforts to create lasting change in Rhode Island.

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Labor Support

Labor Unions across the state continued to reach out to strengthen our community.

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Tocqueville Society Members

Tocqueville Society members contributed more than $3.6 million to the annual campaign.

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Keel Club Members

Keel Club members gave more than $2.5 million to the annual campaign.

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Anchor Society & Trusts/Foundations

Families in the Anchor Society and Foundations across the state invested in long-lasting change.

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Boards & Committees

These leaders offer their time and expertise to move our organization forward.   

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MEET OUR SUPPORTERS

When Rhode Islanders are passionately engaged in the communities they call home, we all get results. These groups lead the charge, strengthening our state through giving and volunteerism.

Young Leaders Circle participated in more than 15 events in 2016, where they gave, advocated, and volunteered to help our neighbors.

And since 2011, they have given more than $500,000 to United Way of Rhode Island. 

YLC Executive Committee

Women United, formerly Women’s Leadership Council, made big changes this year – not only in name!

They reached 139 members, invested $116,503 to support summer learning, and, since 2012, have given more than $3.4 million to United Way of Rhode Island.

Women United Members

In 2016, we partnered with 1,377 volunteers from 67 companies, delivering 3,402 hours of service worth $82,805.

 The result? We were able to distribute 38,769 books, 1,500 backpacks, and 47,000 meals to our neighbors in need.

Company Volunteers

OUR FINANCIALS

A snapshot of our annual finances from July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017.
(unaudited results)

 

Financials (2)

HIGHLIGHTS

OCTOBER 14, 2016

United Way of Rhode Island's 90th Annual Celebration
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OCTBER 27, 2016

Diverting Homelessness
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JANUARY 25, 2017

Turning Homelessness into 9 Years of Feeding Others
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FEBRUARY 2, 2017

WLC Donating $113,006 to Help Local Children Learn
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FEBRUARY 27, 2017

The Road to Financial Literacy
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MARCH 27, 2017

Creating Magic at Providence Housing Authority
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APRIL 20, 2017

Young Leaders Circle's The Night is Young
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APRIL 26, 2017

Volunteering on April Vacation
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MAY 9, 2017

RI Nonprofit Makes Getting Loans Easier
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MAY 22, 2017

Local Nonprofit is Building Unity One Bike at a Time
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JUNE 6, 2017

One Rhode Island School's Mission
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JUNE 13, 2017

United Way's Annual Day of Action
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