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United Way of the Greater Triangle Seeing Early Successes With New Collaborative Funding Model

Morrisville, NC (April 28, 2017) —  United Way of the Greater Triangle (UWGT) announced today that 17 of the 24 Changing Generations collaborative partnerships funded beginning in September 2015 will receive further investment within the focus areas of early childhood success, youth success and household stability in order to improve social mobility1 in the Triangle. The progress reported thus far by Changing Generations partners includes:

  • A family-centered approach improves coordination and access to critical services for clients.
  • Relationships among nonprofits deepen because they meet together to problem-solve – which is different, and frequently more meaningful, than simple referrals.
  • Shared accountability for outcomes.
  • The ability to leverage the collaborative partnership to tell their collective story and mobilize additional funding.

“To have a success rate close to 70% among our collaborative partnerships is incredibly gratifying,” said Mack Koonce, President & CEO, United Way of the Greater Triangle.  “Our investment in these partnerships will continue at current levels. We’ll also be working with them to develop 3-5 year business plans, beginning with needs assessments for additional funding opportunities going forward.”

Over the last two years, United Way has invested $16.5m in its Community Impact plan, including $12.0m from community impact funds and $4.6m of donor designations. The Board of Directors just approved the next $3m of new investments from community impact funds and UWGT expects to make additional investments on a staggered bases throughout the year. The Board approved this first release of investments to begin July 1st.

United Way’s two-generational approach and three focus areas to address improved social mobility recognize that children growing up in households facing food insecurity, homelessness, and other social issues require stabilizing factors for them including kindergarten readiness and 3rd grade reading as well as job skills and employment for adults. All 24 collaborative partnerships were evaluated based on their fit within the two-generational framework; their performance through three reporting cycles over 18 months; and their potential to deepen their collaboration to deliver more comprehensive services and build a regional plan.

The 17 collaborative partnerships are beginning to shape regional strategies for greater social mobility. For example, there are early childhood partnerships in the four counties United Way serves – Durham, Johnston, Orange and Wake – which are part of the Campaign for Grade Level Reading. Other collaborative partnerships centered around crisis intervention (e.g. food insecurity, homelessness) with a path to household stability and the neighborhood/zone concentrated efforts in Durham and Orange counties both have strategies that could be replicated in other counties.

In the past two years, United Way has shifted focus away from its traditional role of supporting “safety net” services into building a community network. It is anticipated that Basic Needs will be integrated into the collaborative Changing Generations work. Over the years, agencies have been building diverse sources of revenue and have relied less on United Way funding in order to fully support these Basic Needs programs.  Long-term planning by collaborative partnerships will help facilitate the necessary shift of Basic Needs work into Changing Generations strategies. United Way will provide 25% of current funding levels to help with transition.

“To be a catalyst for change, United Way must be focused and responsive to community needs and leverage resources for more effectively,” observed Maureen O’Connor, UWGT Board Chair. “Partnering with nonprofits to invest in a more focused, impactful way, while measuring outcomes, is a win for the community and the people we serve.”

Raleigh ranks 95th among 100 metros nationwide in social mobility according to MDC’s 2016 State of the South report.

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About United Way of the Greater Triangle (UWGT)
United Way actively mobilizes the caring power of communities to build resources, focus investments, and foster partnerships to improve lives and inspire generations of achievement in four North Carolina counties: Durham, Johnston, Orange, and Wake. A focus on children and their families in low-income households uses a collaborative, two-generational approach to dramatically change the course of their futures. Learn more  

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