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New Direction at United Way of the Greater Triangle Builds Collaborations

Contact: Irene Godínez,, 919-627-7511, 919-463-5013 

MORRISVILLE— On May 19, the Board of Directors of United Way of the Greater Triangle (UWGT) approved the strategic direction to encourage, and nurture area collaboratives that support a two-generational approach to families and their children in low income households.  In development for over a year, the shift positions United Way as a community partner and funder to help build long-term, sustainable solutions to some of our area’s most pressing issues. Through research of local and national reports and data, agency feedback sessions, volunteer workgroups and donor feedback, the new direction—a move to collective impact—will make the greatest impact where it is most needed, in addition to continuing to support those who cannot afford or obtain basic necessities.

“Our model of funding only promising or proven collaborations has been clearly communicated over a long period of time and is backed up by powerful data.” said Kevin Trapani, Chair of the Board of Directors at United Way of the Greater Triangle. “Collective impact is hard, but it works.”

In November 2014, UWGT developed and released a Community Action Plan for the four counties served, Durham, Johnston, Orange, and Wake, informed by extensive research and community feedback. The new direction at United Way reflects a national growing movement in recognition that the issues we face are not singular in nature and need to be addressed through collaborative and integrated approaches. With this evolution comes an approach of supporting and building (not just funding) collaborative work that will help create, scale and sustain solutions. This will be accomplished by being more intentional, with a focus on working from the “outside in” by targeting populations—who will have a meaningful voice in the work—instead of from the “inside out” by funding programs. Collaboration and innovation are the hallmark of the Triangle and we want to continue moving in that direction.

“We know we cannot create change alone. Moving forward requires strong partnerships with current and new agencies and organizations that recognize by working together we can make a greater impact on the people we serve,” noted UWGT President and CEO Mack Koonce. “The promise of tomorrow lies in the bold actions of today.”


About United Way of the Greater Triangle (UWGT)
United Way is committed to supporting immediate basic needs and working toward long-term, sustainable solutions to some of the area’s most pressing issues in four North Carolina counties, Durham, Johnston, Orange, and Wake. A new focus on low income families and children uses a collaborative approach to dramatically change the course of their futures. UWGT actively mobilizes the caring power of communities to build resources, focus investments, and foster partnerships to improve lives and inspire generations of achievement.

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