United Way’s 401Gives Day passes goal of $1.5M for RI nonprofits


PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — April 1 is United Way’s 401Gives Day which supports Rhode Island’s nonprofit community.

By 4 p.m., the campaign had already surpassed its goal of $1.5 million, having raised nearly $1.75 million from 8,800 donors.

“This has been a powerful display of everyone coming together to lift up our state’s nonprofit community, and there’s still so much of the day left,” United Way of R.I. President and CEO Cortney Nicolato said.

“The generosity that we’ve seen is really tremendous, and at the same time, not surprising,” she continued. “Rhode Islanders helping Rhode Islanders is truly what we do best.”

Donors met the Rhode Island Foundation’s challenge to match the first $50,000 in just over one minute, United Way said.

According to United Way, there are more than 430 organizations in the state participating in the effort, which is conducted entirely online and through social media.

401Gives: Donate and learn more here »

In 2020, 401Gives raised more than $1.3 million for 366 local nonprofits through a total of 13,377 donations.

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