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While United Way could work on practically every issue in the human services sector, our focus on Community Impact strives to answer the question - How can we have maximum impact on reducing poverty and improving the lives of people in our community? In order to achieve that impact, United Way of Larimer County adopted the Collective Impact model.
So, wait - what is the difference between Community Impact and Collective Impact?
Community Impact is a term used by United Way Worldwide that defines the type of work that an organization is doing in their community. For a Community Impact United Way, “'community impact' is improving lives by mobilizing communities to create lasting changes in community conditions.”
Collective Impact is a model of collaboration that drives that long-lasting change. “Collective Impact is the commitment of a group of important actors from different sectors to a common agenda for solving a specific social problem.”
United Way has made some exciting and significant changes over the last few years. We know that in order to meet the needs of our community, we have to engage differently. We have shifted the way we invest in our community from simply funding programs to building networks of practitioners and partners that are working toward a common outcome.
This important work cannot be accomplished by United Way alone. We bring together the people and organizations with passion and resources to get things done. Our partners include nonprofit human service agencies, schools, community leaders, businesses, volunteer groups, the faith community, government entities, foundations, and others working together to change conditions and improve lives. This collective approach enables us to leverage resources and reinforce activities in order to achieve better results.
Read more about Collective Impact in this article from the Stanford Social Innovation Review.
Learn about Collective Impact in action across North America.
Watch this video:
“Collaboration is nothing new. The social sector is filled with examples of partnerships, networks, and other types of joint efforts. But collective impact initiatives are distinctly different. Unlike most collaborations, collective impact initiatives involve a centralized infrastructure, a dedicated staff, and a structured process that leads to a common agenda, shared measurement, continuous communication, and mutually reinforcing activities among all participants.”
United Way is committed to playing the crucial role of the backbone in order to implement solutions for the complex issue of poverty. We have evolved our investments beyond the transactional, grant-making business of previous years and are now engaging with our community to guide vision, support aligned activities, build the public will, and mobilize funding.
Together with our partners, United Way shares the responsibility, risk, and reward in order to create transformational change.
Check out this video to learn more about Collective Impact at work in Larimer County:
Give-Make a contribution to United Way of Larimer County's Community Impact Fund. The Community Impact Fund directly supports the development and implementation of these solutions that will have the greatest impact on reducing poverty.
Advocate-Did you learn something today? Share this Quick Guide on your social media and start a conversation with a friend to continue to build more awareness about poverty in Larimer County. Be sure to let us know by tweeting us @UnitedWayLC!
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Published: November 2, 2015
Categories: Community Impact Quick Guide
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