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What is Collective Impact?

Collective Impact (n) - A community coming together around a backbone organization as a team of equals to collaborate on solutions that no one organization can implement on their own.

Collective Impact is a structured way to unite a community of diverse people and achieve truly meaningful social change. By bringing everyone to the table and building relationships between them, Collective Impact accomplishes a community's goals through key elements of success:

  1. A Common Agenda, collectively putting forth a unified vision of a better community
  2. Shared Measurements, providing meaningful feedback to everyone involved
  3. Mutually Reinforcing Activities, avoiding duplication in favor of cooperation
  4. Continuous Communication, reinforcing trust and relationships between partners
  5. A Strong Backbone, orchestrating the hard work done through a unified initiative

Collective Impact Initiatives are a key part of our dual strategy for improving lives in Denton County, and United Way of Denton County is proud to be the foremost Collective Impact backbone in our community!


Our Collective Impact Initiatives:

  • Bank On Denton County - promotes financial health through budget classes, financial coaching and local banking relationships.
  • Community Impact Grants - financially supporting important local organizations and initiatives through targeted Community Impact Grants to meet critical community needs.
  • Denton County Behavioral Health Leadership Team - serves to advocate and facilitate a collaborative person-centered behavioral health system to repair and restore lives. The vision is to have comprehensive behavioral health for every person in Denton County.
  • Denton County Homelessness Leadership Team - provide backbone support to housing programs and enable additional housing options through evidence-based practices.
  • Denton County Works - serving as the backbone organization, UWDC conducts job interview classes at local high schools and community organizations to help residents gain access to jobs that offer sustainable, family-supporting employment.
  • Early Childhood Coalition - a coalition dedicated to increasing kindergarten readiness, provide equal access to parent resources, and promote lifelong learning & success through early childhood education.
  • Financial Coaching - providing financially fragile families with money management skills.
  • Information & Referral - UWDC staff and volunteers monitor a local helpline for Denton County residents who are seeking various types of assistance.
  • Little Elm ISD Back to School Bash - partnering with Little Elm ISD to provide backpacks full of school supplies to students who qualify for free and reduced-cost lunch.
  • Mayor's Summer Youth Jobs Program - a community collaboration to provide DISD students with an opportunity to earn valuable work experience while providing the tools needed for long-term employment.
  • Mentor Denton - places mentors in Denton ISD schools to help at-risk students stay on track to graduate.
  • NALC "Stamp Out Hunger" Food Drive - in partnership with the National Association of Letter Carriers and the Denton Community Food Center, this one-day drive brings together local volunteers, postal carriers and a caring community to donate much-needed food for families in need.
  • Northwest ISD Stuff the Bus - partnering with Northwest ISD to provide backpacks full of school supplies to students who qualify for free and reduced-cost lunch.
  • Project Blueprint Board Leadership Training - teaches local community volunteers the skills needed to shape and govern a successful non-profit board.
  • School-Based Community Centers - partnerships with local schools to bring resources into neighborhoods, addressing challenges such as lack of transportation in getting help to families who need assistance.
  • Tiny Libraries - promoting childhood literacy and reading through a free book exchange.
  • Veterans Community Navigator - connecting Veterans and their dependents to any services they may use to avoid or recover from crisis.
  • Volunteer Income Tax Assistance - provides free tax preparation to low and moderately-low income families, helping them apply for the Earned Income Tax Credit and other credits they may qualify for.