COLLECTIVE IMPACT: United Way's Unique Approach to Community Problem Solving
United Way of Salt Lake has embraced a comprehensive approach to solve community problems called Collective Impact. Collective Impact requires that everyone work together in partnership--businesses, cities, government, schools, churches, foundations and nonprofit organizations--to help every child succeed, every step of the way, from cradle to career.
Together, we work to:
- Create a vision and set clear, shared goals for the communities where we work
- Organize and align all of the resources and programs of a community into strategies that mutually reinforce each other
- Target strategies and measure success by sharing data and being mutually accountable for results
- Operate in an environment of constant communication and continuous improvement
Within this framework, United Way of Salt Lake plays a "backbone" role--assuring that these elements are in place and working to guide vision, align strategies, build public will, support shared measurement, mobilize funding, advance supportive public policies, and engage volunteers.
Our promise is to change the odds so all children and their families, regardless of their circumstances, have the same chance to succeed in school in life.
By Mark Kramer
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Channeling Change: Making Collective Impact Work
By Fay Hanleybrown, John Kania & Mark Kramer