United Way has evolved from its roots as a fundraising organization to a critical community convener that mobilizes local partners, including businesses, community leaders, public officials, and community residents, to expand opportunities for people to succeed. These collaborations recognize the power of the collective: that organizations coming together around a common agenda – with shared goals, strategies, data, and guiding principles – are capable of achieving real and lasting population-level impact. This is the collective impact model.
In any community, Education, Financial Stability, and Health are the building blocks for opportunity – individually and collectively. Remove any of these building blocks and the other two topple. Build them all up and you have a cornerstone for individual and community prosperity.