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Collective Impact

Collaboration is more than simply working together. 

Currently, families face a network of programs and services that is difficult to navigate with many confusing and complex roads to resources:

  • Lack of access 
  • Competition for limited resources
  • Short-term solutions
  • Services for the child only
  • Services for the adult only 



The difficulty in navigating these complex systems, from education and healthcare to government assistance and community programs, can keep a family trapped in poverty.  


Collective Impact brings partners together to significantly shift the needle on social issues through intentional, measurable collaboration.
It fundamentally changes the way community partners collaborate by utilizing five conditions: shared understanding of the work (common agenda), common progress measures (shared measurement plan), coordinated plan of strategies/activities (mutually reinforcing activities), communication plan between partners (continuous communication), and supporting infrastructure of staff or a central organization (backbone support).
Momentum toward Collective Impact is building across the nation. Hundreds of initiativesmany in the United way systemare using this approach, including several federal programs such as the 2014 Social Innovation Fund and programs of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Source: The Collective Impact Forum, 2015). Learn more about Collective Impact at


A collaborative partnership or “Collaborative” is a formalized group of cross-sector partners utilizing a 2-Generational approach and the conditions of collective impact.

Infographic inspired by United Way of Greater Triangle.