Our Strategic Vision
Three years ago, United Way of the Capital Region embarked on a new strategic vision to move the needle on the most pressing issues facing the Capital Region.
Understanding Our Community
Our first step was an assessment of community needs. "Life in the Capital Region: 2014 Assessment of Our Community" examined the changing demographics and health and human service needs through the lens of health, education, income and basic needs. After reviewing the findings of this assessment, our board of directors identified and approved the following critical areas of focus to drive our work over the coming years:
- Education – Disparities in school readiness and school achievement.
- Health – Lack of access to health care.
- Income – Children and families living in poverty.
- Basic Needs – Increase in the number of families needing safety net services.
A New Way of Work
Moving the needle on these issues takes a new approach to problem-solving. That’s why United Way began transitioning to a collective impact model of work last year. Collective impact requires that everyone work together in partnership to find new and innovative ways to address the most pressing needs in our community.
Moving the Needle on Community Issues
Throughout 2015 and 2016, our United Way convened expert community task forces to help create potential solutions and strategies around our region’s most pressing issues. Task force members were nonbiased experts with working knowledge of proven “best practices” to address the root causes of issues. After thoughtful and deliberate research and conversations with our community, we are pleased to announce the start of our new work later this year.