COLLECTIVE IMPACT & COLLABORATIONS
The scale and complexity of sweeping problems like poverty and graduation rates have defied resolution for decades. Why? Because their nature dictates that a single program or organization alone cannot fix a problem that’s been generations in the making. We know this from many years of trying.
Some time ago, United Way identified three issues as the building blocks to a better life: education, financial stability and health. All of these are complex, and the resulting problems appear at various points along a continuum. For example, in order to improve graduation rates, we need to address early childhood literacy and kindergarten readiness, as well as on-target reading levels, productive out-of-school time and other issues. Investing in a single program to fix only one of these will not work. We must tackle all of them at the same time in order to achieve the final result – graduating on time.
United Way has recognized that this “collective impact” strategy is the only way to create the lasting change we seek. That’s why we identify partners who can help us to address all of the salient points along the continuum. Our role with these partners may vary from administrative and/or fiscal agent to merely a seat at the table, but in all cases, United Way is a large part of the solution.
Our three major initiatives include: