The Foundation provides regular, free opportunities for local nonprofits to strengthen organizational capacity through topic-focused workshops.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our in-person workshops have been cancelled through the end of 2020. We are, however, providing virtual capacity-building sessions for nonprofits.

Board chair “breakfast” meetings

Come join others for conversation about your unique roles and responsibilities as board chairs. We will kick off the conversation with some best practice material and then open for questions and discussions. Of course, bring your own coffee!

Click on any session title to register; all meetings are from 9-10 a.m.

September 11: Managing your remote board meetings
September 25: How to bring on new board members during COVID19
October 9: ED/board chair relationship
October 23: Preparing board members for officer roles
November 6: Year-end fundraising
November 20: Managing difficult board members
December 4: Should we have an executive committee?
December 18: Board recruitment strategies

Capacity building assistance for your organization

Please email either Keith Tavares or Jill Pfitzenmayer if you need any assistance with your organization’s infrastructure. We can help with questions about fundraising, board governance, finances, and other nonprofit capacity issues. We are happy to talk with senior staff or board members to help you find what you are seeking.

Recorded workshops


  1. Introduction to Fund Development
    Presented by Keith Tavares of Rhode Island Foundation
  2. Intro to Board Fundraising
    Presented by Keith Tavares of Rhode Island Foundation
  3. Take your Fundraising Event Virtual
    Presented by Kristin Steele of Swain Strategies
  4. Fundraising in Challenging Times
    Presented by Chuck Gordon of New Kensington Group
  5. When & How to Raise Funds During and After a Crisis
    Presented by Sharon Danosky of Danosky Associates


  1. Making the Most of Virtual Presentations and Meetings
    Presented by NAIL Communications
  2. How to Speak Well (Enough) with your Extraordinary Family of Supporters….in these darker times
    Presented by Tom Ahern of Tom Ahern Donor Communications

Financial Management

  1. Understanding and Managing the Financial Impact of Coronavirus on Nonprofit Organizations
    Presented by Sandy Ross of KLR
  2. Nonprofit Short-Term Financial Responsiveness: Covid 19
    Presented by Gina McDonald of FMA

Related Capacity Building Topics

  1. Planning for Small Nonprofits During Covid-19
    Presented by Jill Pfitzenmayer of Rhode Island Foundation
  2. Nonprofit Collaborations: tips and tools to help them succeed
    Presented by Keith Tavares and Katie Murray of Rhode Island Foundation