Our Strategic Vision
United Way of the Capital Region embarked on a new strategic vision in 2014. We call our direction our “Road Map to the Future” because we truly are setting a course for our future work based on the changing needs in our community.
Our United Way is transitioning its work to move the needle on critical issues facing the Capital Region in the areas of health, education, income, and basic needs by focusing on the root causes of these problems. This organizational shift to a collective impact model of work comes after two years of studying the needs of the Capital Region and listening to residents in Cumberland, Dauphin and Perry counties about the issues they care about most.
Collective impact is a new way of doing business for our United Way. It requires that everyone work together in partnership to find new and innovative ways to address the most pressing needs in our community.
Learn more about Collective Impact and United Way by viewing our “Road Map to the Future.”
For a more in-depth look at Collective Impact:
You can also view a list of frequently asked questions about our strategic vision.
Understanding Our Community
Our first step was an assessment of community needs. "Life in the Capital Region: 2014 Assessment of Our Community" examined the changing demographics and health and human service needs through the lens of health, education, income and basic needs. After reviewing the findings of this assessment, our board of directors identified and approved the following critical areas of focus to drive our work over the coming years:
- Education – Disparities in school readiness and school achievement.
- Health – Lack of access to health care.
- Income – Children and families living in poverty.
- Basic Needs – Increase in the number of families needing safety net services.
Creating Solutions and Strategies
United Way is now in phase 2 of its strategic work. Throughout 2015/2016:
- United Way will convene expert task forces around each focus area to help create potential solutions and strategies. Task force members will be non-biased experts with working knowledge of proven “best practices” that address the root causes of issues.
- Once the potential solutions and strategies are developed they will be shared with key stakeholders and the community for feedback.
- United Way will determine its role for each focus area. United Way’s role in each area could be different: convener, mobilizer, aligner, funder, backbone organization, etc.
- Task forces will recruit solution partners to develop initiatives. Solution partners will share common visions, goals and outcomes.