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2018-2021 United Way funding cycle

Campaign for Grade-Level Reading - Collaborative effort by foundations, nonprofit partners, business leaders, government agencies, states and communities across the nation to ensure that more children in low-income families succeed in school and graduate prepared for college, a career, and active citizenship. The Campaign focuses on an important predictor of school success and high school graduation—grade-level reading by the end of third grade.

Collective Impact - A framework to tackle deeply entrenched and complex social problems. It is an innovative and structured approach to making collaboration work across government, business, philanthropy, non-profit organizations and citizens to achieve significant and lasting social change.

Community Schools – A strategy for organizing school and community resources around student success.  A community school is both a place and set of partnerships that help address health, wellness and the social needs of students and their families. Any school can become a community school, but United Way is prioritizing its support for communities where there are significant barriers to student success.

Isolated Impact - An approach where organizations work independently from each other and where there is not a coordinated effort focused on community-level change.

Live United Schools –These are schools that do not have the financial resources to become a fully-staffed community school, but demonstrate the need. While Live United Schools would not have a community school director, they would benefit from technical assistance from United Way and be able to better leverage United Way resources. Live United Schools would be the first schools to transition to full service community schools.

Two Generation Approach - Considers the needs of both vulnerable children and parents, together, in the design and delivery of services and programs to support improved economic, educational, health, safety, and other outcomes.

For additional information or questions please contact Emily Francis, United Way's community impact manager at (814) 456-2937 ext. 235 or email emily@unitedwayerie.orgb