401Gives lifts up state’s nonprofit community for third year
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — April 1 marks Rhode Island’s third-annual statewide day of giving.
United Way of Rhode Island launched 401Gives Day in effort to raise funds to support nonprofits in the state. The 24-hour fundraising campaign is meant to “highlight the impact of Rhode Island’s nonprofit sector, which accounts for 18 percent of the state’s total workforce.”
More than 500 nonprofit organizations are participating, hoping to raise money at a time they need it the most.
“We’ve seen a 138 percent increase in the number of folks that we support since July of 2020,” Johanna Corcoran, who’s with “We Share Hope,” said. “Fundraising has been difficult, it’s been hard to plan fundraising events, it’s been hard for us to have people come in and tour our facility.”
Corcoran with We Share Hope is one of many groups involved in the fundraising day. She says donations have already doubled for the nonprofit compared to last year. Their group rescues food destined for landfills and helps fight food insecurity across the state.
“We are delivering shelf stable foods to our Afghan refugees families who have recently resettled in Rhode Island, we also help schools across the state set up food pantries,” Corcoran said.
Brooke Havens with United Way says 401Givecs day has grown since its inception in 2020,breaking records this year.
“The first year we had no idea where this would go. It was two weeks after COVID, April 1st of 2020, and we did not know what would happen,” Havens said. “We couldn’t have been more proud of ourselves that year – we hit a million dollars at 7:00 that night and that was pretty amazing. To hit it this morning by 9am was overwhelming.”
The 401Gives event brought in $1.3 million to 366 nonprofits across the state when it kicked off in 2020. In 2021, it brought in almost $2.3 million to 422 nonprofits.
Now in its third year, the campaign hopes to raise $4 million.
United Ways of Rhode Island will be holding events starting at 9 a.m. at their headquarters.
Those looking to donate can find a list of participating non-profit organizations on 401gives.org.