Welcome to the NEW United Way!

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United Way of St. Joseph County is excited to announce our NEW community investments!
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There are 3 NEW things to know about the way United Way is investing our donor’s gifts to help our children succeed, our families strengthen and our community thrive:
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1.  We are aligning the work of United Way of St. Joseph County and our community impact partners within three strategic initiatives:
  • Early Learning: Ensure that children are surpassing key readiness and early grade reading benchmarks. 
  • Youth Success: Ensure that children are graduating from high school with the skills necessary to pursue post-secondary education or advanced training.
  • Stable Families: Ensure adults achieve long-term financial stability by developing the skills and opportunities to obtain and sustain employment.

We will continue to invest in support services, called Program Solutions, to help individuals and families move past immediate need. These services will be a gateway to access other services to promote self-sustainability. 
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2.  We are building a collective impact framework to address poverty. Because poverty is a broad, complex social problem, reducing it requires many groups of people working together in a systematic way. For the first time, United Way of St. Joseph County will fund collaborative teams of organizations working together toward common goals. In fact, 40% of our funded programs will now be delivered by collaborative teams instead of individual agencies.
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3.  We have developed a results framework to ensure our donor’s gifts are invested wisely and therefore create real impact in our community. The results framework includes:
  • Quantity measures describing the depth of engagement
  • Quality measures describing program effectiveness
  • Results measures demonstrating how people are benefiting from the services
Click here to see our Community Investments!
 

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