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United Way of the Greater Triangle Takes a Bold Step in Funding Collaborations

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United Way of the Greater Triangle Takes a Bold Step in Funding Collaborations

Different Way of Working among Nonprofits and Community Partners toward Long-Term Solutions

Morrisville, NC – Announced today, United Way of the Greater Triangle (UWGT), one of the major philanthropic organizations in the community, has invested the majority of its funding (88%) in:

  • 24 collaborative partnerships with a two-generational approach—working with children and their families together—to significantly improve current circumstances and future opportunities for low-income households and;
  • Partnerships working across the region on reducing childhood hunger and increasing access to health care.

Serving Durham, Johnston, Orange, and Wake counties, United Way in this market is one of the first nationally to make a dramatic shift in how its funds are invested in only a year’s time.

Effective September 1st, the overall UWGT community investment of $7.3 million in 2015-16 supports:

  • The two-generational collaborative partnerships,
  • Basic needs for vulnerable populations,
  • Work toward a food secure community, with a focus on childhood hunger, and
  • Access to health care through

The figure represents a 12% increase over community investments in 2014-15.

“We learned from other United Ways across the nation working in collective impact, a structured way to accomplish social change.” said Mack Koonce, President and CEO of United Way of the Greater Triangle. “We believed, and many partners affirmed, it was time for our United Way to work in this way.” Koonce continued, “Our new strategic plan sets out our vision for building collaborative partnerships among nonprofits, corporations, donors, governmental and community organizations, as well as other funders. This shift to a more collaborative approach is vital to working toward long-term solutions to the Triangle’s pressing social issues.”

Studies show generational success begins with families in financially stable households; with children prepared for educational achievement; with family health and well-being. The Harlem Children’s Zone is the best-known model for an approach to serving families and children. United Way’s model, Changing Generations: Pathways to Progress for Families and Children includes five strategies:

  • Partnerships for Families of Very Young Children (0-5)
  • Family Crisis Support
  • Neighborhood-based Solutions
  • Family and Child Literacy
  • Youth Success.

[List of collaborative partnerships included with release.]

“The fact that Raleigh is the #1 place for business but 94th in social mobility should be a wake-up call for everyone who cares about our community,” observed Greg Winkler, Regional Business Bank Manager at Wells Fargo & Company and UWGT board member. “For our community to continue to grow and prosper, we must create responses to social issues that are effective, solutions-oriented, and innovative to break the cycle of poverty. The time is now.”

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About United Way of the Greater Triangle (UWGT)

United Way of the Greater Triangle is committed to being a catalyst for positive, lasting community change in the Triangle region—Durham, Johnston, Orange, and Wake counties in North Carolina. More than simply a fundraiser, United Way is a community partner to build resources, focus investments, and foster partnerships to address basic needs and improve early childhood learning, health and well-being, educational equity, household stability, and food security in low-income households. UWGT actively mobilizes the caring power of communities, working toward real solutions to pressing social issues in order to transform lives and inspire generations of achievement.  Learn more about UWGT’s work at or volunteer opportunities at

2400 Perimeter Park Drive, Suite 150 | Morrisville, North Carolina 27560 | 919.460.8687



United Way of the Greater Triangle | Collaborative Partnerships

Changing Generations: Pathways to Progress for Families and Children | 2015 – 2016

Partnerships for Families of Very Young Children

DELTA                                                                                                                   Durham

Integrated network of services to support household stability, well-being, mental health, school readiness, and school success of children and their families.

Orange County Comprehensive Early Childhood Initiative           Orange

Services for families with children ages birth – 5 at risk for toxic stress related to a variety of issues caused by poverty, limited literacy, exposure to violence, etc.

Parents and Children Together (PACT)                                                  Wake

Positive Parenting Program (Triple P) will be embedded into its existing programs of developmental day care programs, child mental health services, and early intervention.


Family Crisis Support

Durham’s Collaborative to End Family Homelessness                    Durham

Creates a seamless system of services for homeless families. Moves families into permanent housing as quickly as possible and provides necessary supportive services to maintain their stable housing.

More than a Roof                                                                                            Wake

Providing holistic, wraparound services for homeless families and children living in hotels.

Family Violence Wake County                                                                  Wake

Serving low income families who have experienced domestic violence, but have multiple additional barriers to overcome to end the cycle of violence in their homes.

Fostering Family Success                                                                             Wake

Focused on young families in which one of the parents has a history in the foster care system and are now parenting a child between the ages of 0-8.

Multidisciplinary Team Supporting Vulnerable Families               Wake

Serving vulnerable families and children who have experienced abuse to prevent re-traumatization during assessment, investigation, intervention, and mental health treatment.

The Family Table                                                                                             Wake

Holistic, integrated services to improve the economic stability and well-being of at least 50 food insecure families where one or more adults is unemployed or underemployed.

EITC/VITA Sites                                                                                                 Regional

Free tax preparation for low income households. Advice and assistance in applying for the Earned Income Tax Credit.


Neighborhood-based Solutions

East Durham Children’s Initiative                                                             Durham

Focused on strengthening and expanding existing pipeline of services in the neighborhood, particularly in the areas of early childhood, out-of-school learning, and economic stability.

Family Plus Initiative                                                                                     Johnston

Supports vulnerable children and families to ensure children enter kindergarten ready for success and retain educational and social supports throughout their K-12 education.

Orange Family Success Alliance                                                                Orange

Working in two zones to ensure kids have the opportunity for a healthy, safe, and productive life from cradle-to-college or career by identifying needs and building stability for families.

Early Collaborative Work in Southeast Raleigh                                  Wake

Transitional investments that will be a part of a comprehensive Southeast Raleigh action plan.


Family and Child Literacy

Close the Gap                                                                                                   Durham and Orange

Broad-scale distribution of books and parent tool kits to adults and children to prevent summer learning loss among low income households.

Durham Literacy Collaborative                                                                  Durham

A comprehensive approach to improving educational and economic outcomes for families with a focus on providing a healthy, literacy-rich learning environment for their children.

Wake Up and Read                                                                                         Wake

Engages and educates the community about the importance of childhood literacy and increases access to literacy resources and opportunities for all children.


Youth Success     

Hispanic Student Success                                                                            Regional

Establishes trusting relationships with Latino youth and families to improve their educational attainment and leadership development opportunities; connects families with services and support.

Made in Durham                                                                                              Durham

A partnership of education, business, and community leaders with a shared vision: all Durham youth complete a postsecondary credential and begin a career by the age of 25.

Student U                                                                                                           Durham

Provides a pipeline of academic, social, and emotional support for low income middle and high school students and their families.

Wake Child and Family Support Collaboration                                   Wake

Provides structured services that support young people’s educational attainment and overall well-being; tools for positive home environments; gainful employment and job stability for adults.

YOU                                                                                                                       Durham

Supports low income youth and their families with a targeted comprehensive, and intensive wrap-around network of the best services available in our community.

Youth Thrive                                                                                                      Wake

Convenes and trains youth-serving professionals in Wake County; in the process of creating a collective impact data-informed master plan for youth.

Fostering Youth Opportunities                                                                 Regional

A United Way of the Greater Triangle initiative that helps young people aging out of foster care become self-sufficient through an integrated service delivery model of education, job skills training, housing, and health care.