Rhode Island Gears Up for the Fifth Annual 401Gives on April 1

How this statewide digital fundraiser is transforming local giving


Rhode Island is set to celebrate the fifth anniversary of 401Gives, a philanthropic initiative by United Way of Rhode Island aimed at revolutionizing local giving through a statewide, 24-hour digital fundraising campaign. This initiative leverages social media to amplify support for local nonprofits, highlighting community solidarity and showcasing the evolving dynamics of modern philanthropy.

Since its launch in 2020, 401Gives has seen exponential growth, from raising $1.3 million for 366 nonprofits when it began to collecting over $3.4 million for 546 organizations in 2023. The United Way of Rhode Island spearheads this initiative, incorporating it into their strategic plan to nurture a richer philanthropic culture in Rhode Island and boost the operational capacity of nonprofits across various sectors and geographical areas.

This initiative's growth reflects its significant impact on Rhode Island's nonprofit sector, which accounts for 18 percent of the state's workforce. By providing a platform to over 600 nonprofits, including 80 from cities like Cranston, Johnston, and Warwick, 401Gives makes philanthropy accessible to everyone.

By leveraging technology and social media, 401Gives is also able to appeal to younger donors. Utilizing platforms such as Facebook, X (formerly Twitter), Instagram, and LinkedIn, the initiative demonstrates how making a difference is just a click away in today's digital era. Aiming for ease of use and inclusivity, 401Gives stands out by not requiring donors to make an account. With a minimum donation threshold of $5 and support for mobile donations, the campaign encourages widespread participation. For additional information and to find a directory of organizations accepting donations, visit their official website at


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