In just a handful of hours, 401Gives has crossed the halfway mark in realizing its goal to raise $1.5 million for Rhode Island nonprofits in a single day. With a flurry of gifts after 8:00 a.m., the effort is up to $782,516 and counting – the result of some 3,458 donors giving to 376 organizations. 

“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,” said Cortney Nicolato, president and CEO of United Way of Rhode Island in a statement. “The generosity that we’ve seen is really tremendous, and at the same time, not surprising – Rhode Islanders helping Rhode Islanders is truly what we do best.”

Cortney Nicolato, President and CEO of United Way of Rhode Island, will join What’s Up Newp at noon today to talk about 401Gives.

WATCH: A conversation with Cortney Nicolato, President and CEO of United Way of Rhode Island (April 1 at 12 pm)

The day’s early highlights include donors meeting The Rhode Island Foundation’s challenge to match the first $50,000 in gifts in just :63 seconds; and 7 organizations having already raised more than $10,000, including Dare to Dream Ranch at $56,315 and Foster Forward at $47,350. In total, 401Gives aims to raise $1.5 million today.

Those organizations from Newport County that are among the top of the leaderboard so far are The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center (more than $45,000 raised), Newport County YMCA ($9,395 raised), and Lucy’s Hearth ($6,525 raised).

More than 430 Rhode Island-based nonprofits are participating in the day, which has become the state’s largest single day of philanthropy since launched by United Way of Rhode Island last year. The effort is happening entirely online at, making it convenient for people to support the causes they care about from anywhere, and using their phone or mobile device.

Last year’s inaugural 401Gives raised more than $1.3 million for 366 local nonprofits through a total of 13,377 donations.

Visit today to support your favorite Rhode Island nonprofit.

Ryan Belmore is the Owner and Publisher of What'sUpNewp. Although not the founder or original owner, Belmore has been with What'sUpNewp since its early beginnings in 2012.

Belmore was born in Providence, Rhode Island; grew up and graduated high school in Coventry, Rhode Island; and lived in Newport, Rhode Island for more than ten years. He currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals.

He and his wife, Jen, as well as their two dogs (Aero and June), recently moved to Alexandria, Virginia. Belmore travels back and forth to Newport every couple of weeks to cover events, work on story ideas, to meet with What'sUpNewp's on-the-ground contributors, to visit friends, and to eat as much seafood as possible.

Belmore is a member of Local Independent Online News Publishers, Society of Professional Journalists, and the North American Snowsports Journalists Association.