We empower donors, volunteers, businesses, governments, non profits and community groups to invest in neighbors for a better Denton County community.
We LIVE UNITED to help children and families thrive cradle to career, to guide & serve Veterans and their families, to make homelessness rare, brief and nonrecurring, and to advocate for overall mental health.
Working together, we identify the community’s most critical needs and implement collaborative, innovative solutions to improve lives in Denton County.
Community Needs Assesment
The first step to improving lives in Denton County is understanding what our community needs. United Way of Denton County collates both primary and secondary data from many sources, including our Partner Agencies; community focus groups; client surveys; subject matter experts at the local, state and national levels; the Texas Education Agency and the United States Census Bureau
Through collaboration with many local charities, businesses and government organizations, we provide direct impact programs that serve specifically identified needs. Some programs are fully-fledged initiatives that improve thousands of lives each year. Other programs are pilot initiatives created to rapidly iterate potential solutions that can then be expanded upon and scaled up by the appropriate organization in the county.
Collective Impact is a structured way for a community to Unite around a backbone organization as a team of equals to collaborate on solutions that no one organization can implement on their own.
As part of Denton County's social service fabric, United Way of Denton County supports twenty Partner Agencies. Held to high standards of performance and accountability, these Partner Agencies submit to annual review by United Way of Denton County's volunteers and board of directors. Funded on a multi-year basis, these expert Partner Agencies improve lives in pursuit of their many specific missions. Because of their success, we can actively incubate new programs that meet ever-evolving needs in Denton County, helping more people in our community.
Many local organizations beyond our Partner Agencies perform other vital services that meet an identified need in Denton County. Through short-term impact grants, United Way of Denton County's board of directors is able to invest in developing local solutions that demonstrate great promise in solving local problems.