This report, produced by United Way, offers a roadmap of core community strategies to boost education, income and health, along with evidence-based implementation approaches that experts believe will dramatically change the greatest number of lives and features a forward on the collective impact approach.

United Way has evolved from its roots as a fundraising organization to a critical community convener that mobilizes local partners, including businesses, community leaders, public officials and community residents, to expand opportunities for people to succeed.

We focus on three key building blocks: a quality education that leads to a stable job, enough income to support a family through retirement, and good health. We’ve put a stake in the ground around education, income and health.

Now all of us must do what it takes to meet the 2018 goals we’ve set to advance the common good:

  • Improve education, and cut the number of high school dropouts – 1.2 million students, every year – in half.
  • Help people achieve financial stability, and get 1.9 million working families – half the number of low-wage families who are financially unstable – on the road to economic independence.
  • Promote healthy lives, and increase by one-third – 31.1 million people – the number of youth and adults who are healthy and avoiding risky behaviors.


Of course, United Ways can’t do it alone. We must work with our community partners. Together, we must tap into people’s aspirations, focus on issues and underlying conditions for change, and bring people and organizations together to create collective impact.