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United Way Launches Collective Impact Vision for Lebanon County
10/03/2018 11:40 AM

United Way of Lebanon County is focused on addressing systemic issues through a collaborative community approach. Launching in 2019, the "Breaking Barriers. Building Community." Framework will align community resources to better serve this Lebanon County Community.

The 2019 Investment Framework is a significant milestone in the carefully and timely transition to move United Way from a community chest, serving as a funder to a limited number of non-profits, to that of community impact organization with a focus on long-term systemic issues, collaboration and achieving measurable results. This framework identifies community goals that when achieved will empower adults, families and children alike to rise from poverty, break multi-generational barriers, and reach their potential.

Planning for this collective impact funding model began in 2015 with a vision setting meeting between United Way and its 20 local member agencies. These meetings continued bi-monthly through 2016 when United Way committed to exclusive funding through 2019 to ensure member organizations were equipped to succeed in this new era of increased accountability. From fall of 2016 through fall of 2017, United Way partnered with the Center for Survey Research (Penn State University) to conduct a comprehensive needs assessment to determine needs within our community to focus on once United Way funding shifted to collective impact.  


Community Goals: 

  • Literacy Lebanon - Raising Readers: Ensure that 90% of children are reading on grade level by the end of third grade by 2025. 
  • Developing Youth for Tomorrow: Ensure that 100% of youth are connected to work or school by 2025.
  • Empowering Adults & Families: Move 7,000 adults to self-sufficiency by 2025. 
  • Safety Net Services: Ensure that our community members in critical situations can stabilize and that their basic needs are met. 
  • Live United Grants: one-time grants so that United Way can respond to community needs year-round. 


The application process began October 1, 2018. Funding for the collective impact initiatives will begin on July 1, 2019. Live United Grant funding will be available upon completion of the fall 2018 grant application and approval process. 501(c)(3) organizations committed to improving lives and working collaboratively with diverse partners across all sectors are encouraged to submit their proposals for multi-year grant funding.


United Way is looking forward to collaborating with individuals and organizations throughout our community to shape a positive outlook for all residents of Lebanon County.


For a graphic representation of United Way funding opportunites and related goals, please click here.

Kenny Montijo
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