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Collective Impact

Collaboration is more than simply working together.

Collective Impact fundamentally changes the way community partners work together by focusing on intentional, measurable collaboration.

The five conditions of Collective Impact are: 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 initiatives are using this framework, 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). You can read more about Collective Impact at


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


CORE Collaboratives are groups of cross-sector partners focused on shared, long-term solutions for children birth to age 8 and the adults in their lives.

CORE Funnel

Infographic inspired by United Way of Greater Triangle.