What once may have seemed like an overly ambitious goal has become reality as 401Gives hit its mark to raise $1.5 million for Rhode Island nonprofits over the span of 24-hours. And with plenty of hours still left in the day, United Way – and organizations across the state – are hopeful the final tally will end up even higher.

As of 4:02 p.m., a total of $1,717,869 has been raised by way of 13,167 gifts made to 415 local nonprofits.

“We absolutely had high hopes for the day and a lot of optimism, so realizing such a lofty goal is an incredible feeling that I know everyone involved with 401Gives is feeling right now,” said Cortney Nicolato, United Way of Rhode Island’s president and CEO. “To think about the thousands of people who came together, not only from our state but across the country, to make this happen is inspiring. And it also validates the important roles our nonprofits play in our lives.”

More than 400 nonprofits have been participating in the day, which has become the state’s largest single day of philanthropy since its launch last year. The day is powered by United Way and supported by lead sponsors Blue Cross & Blue Shield of RI and FM Global. It is being held online at 401Gives.org, where donations can continue to be made throughout the rest of the day and night.

Ryan Belmore is the Publisher of What'sUpNewp. 
Belmore has been involved with What’sUpNewp since shortly after its launch in 2012, proudly leading it to be named Best Local News Blog in Rhode Island by Rhode Island Monthly readers in 2018, 2019, and 2020 and an honorable mention in the Common Good Awards in 2021.

Born and raised in Rhode Island, Belmore graduated from Coventry High School and the Community College of Rhode Island. In addition to living in Newport for 10 years, he has lived in Portsmouth, Coventry, Providence, Smithfield, Burrillville, and East Greenwich.

Belmore 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 previously served on the Board of Lucy's Hearth and the Arts & Cultural Alliance for Newport County.

Belmore and his wife, Jen, currently live in Alexandria, Virginia, a move they made in 2021. Read more about that here - https://whatsupnewp.com/2021/09/letter-from-the-publisher-some-personal-news/

Belmore visits Newport every couple of weeks to support the 12+ paid contributors What'sUpNewp has on the ground across Rhode Island, a place he called home for 39 years.

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

In 2020, Belmore was named Member of the Year by LION and won the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County's Dominque Award.
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