United Way aims to raise $1M in one day for 330 nonprofits


United Way of Rhode Island (UWRI) launches a new statewide giving campaign, 401Gives, on Wednesday, April 1, with an ambitious goal to raise $1 million in one day. The campaign lifts up the essential contributions of more than 330 local nonprofits, while making it easy for Rhode Islanders to support them through an online donation platform.

“Every day, 18 percent of Rhode Island’s workforce goes to work in a nonprofit,” says Cortney Nicolato, president and CEO, UWRI. “They keep our neighbors safe and warm, they protect our environment, care for our grandparents, educate our kids, shelter our pets, and organize community events that contribute to the rich quality of life here in Rhode Island. Our call to action on Wednesday, April 1 is simple: go to 401gives.org and choose the nonprofit[s] of your choice to show your support and donate.”

401Gives is powered by UWRI and supported by lead sponsors Blue Cross and Blue Shield of RI and FM Global. The Rhode Island Foundation has stepped in to match the first $50,000 raised on April 1. Throughout the day on April 1, participating nonprofits will compete for additional prizes, thanks to the generosity of National Grid, Oak Street Health, Cox Communications, Centreville Bank, Brave River Solutions and Citrin Cooperman (as of March 3).

“Nonprofits are the boots on the ground in Rhode Island, providing direct service and community building throughout the state,” said Neil D. Steinberg, President & CEO of the Rhode Island Foundation. “We’re excited to support this effort to grow the culture of philanthropy in Rhode Island by raising awareness and funds to support their work.”

Modeled after successful giving days in other parts of the country, 401Gives helps participating nonprofits share their stories and collect donations through GiveGab, a secure fundraising platform. UWRI has made the tool available to participating nonprofits, in addition to providing training and networking opportunities designed to help each nonprofit make the most of the 401Gives campaign.

“We know that Rhode Islanders want to help their neighbors – in a state as small as ours, we are all interconnected,” says Nicolato. “But knowing where or how to help isn’t always easy. 401Gives puts the opportunity to help right at our fingertips. It’s more than a day, it’s a movement.”

To learn more about 401Gives, visit www.401Gives.org or email 401gives@uwri.org.


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John Simoneau

Not all nonprofits are good for people in need, and some just used by politicians to defraud their own Cities of taxes.

For example:

Donna Travis, Councilwoman in Warwick Ward 6 for decades, and now also the chairperson of the City Economic Development Committee, and people wonder why Warwick is broke! Talk about an oxymoron...lol

Ask her why she doesn't pay over $3000 in back taxes owed for the last 8 years on property at 735 Oakland Beach Ave, the lot next to her house at 733? Her husband, and her, use this property as a storage area for their large storage shed, his truck, and their miscellaneous plowing equipment. Their fake nonprofit, THE OAKLAND BEACH REAL ESTATE OWNERS ASSOCIATION, that only gives out a few Easter baskets yearly, and that Secretary of State revoked its nonprofit status for 20 months from 2011 to 2012. Therefore charged taxes which have still not been paid! The City online system also now says 2019 taxes for same property has not been paid either. All the tax sales since 2011-2012 and it has never been listed, since she was the President of fake nonprofit. Just recently she changed the paperwork for nonprofit from being the President to just its agent, since I have complained about it. The new President that she listed with SOS Office shows an address on Seaview Dr THAT DOESNT EVEN EXIST ..... Another fraud on the State, and the City, with another fraudulent report to the RI SOS's Office. Embarrassing actions by an elected official in WARWICK. She's probably unable to even answer her name, let alone questions about anything a 4th grader could answer! This was evident recently when she was found guilty by both the RI Ethics Commission for falsifying simple financial disclosure forms (IDIOT FORM), and the RI Elections Board for improper reporting of contributions. Under her reign, Warwick has reportedly accumulated over $750 Million in unfunded pension and Health Care funding for its employees. What a disgrace, while at the same time having tax sales on regular City taxpayers, for less than $500 for an unpaid water bill. As a Councilwoman, she has voted to approve funds to go after these taxpayers, but not herself. Hopefully, the City of Warwick will have this property on their tax sale list in April. Don't hold your breath, but we'll soon see!

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