At United Way Dallas, Social Innovation Drives Lasting, Systemic Change
We’re drilling deep into systemic challenges, some of which have affected the North Texas community for years or even decades.
“Addressing these challenges will require monetary resources, but it is not simply a funding issue. Human capital, capacity building and a strong network are all elements that we focus on when thinking about enabling our community’s organizations,” says Ann Montgomery, vice president of innovation and design at United Way Dallas.
At United Way, we carry out social innovation work through our Social Innovation Accelerator and our Nonprofit Success Initiative, along with Southern Dallas Thrives, a partnership with the PepsiCo Foundation and Frito-Lay North America.
Social Innovation Accelerator
The Social Innovation Accelerator, launched in 2013, invests seed funding and resources to support North Texas innovators whose organizations address issues of education, income and health.
By tapping into creative thinkers with big ideas, and helping them be successful, we’re helping the entire community succeed. The Social Innovation Accelerator fellows get access to mentoring and funding that enable them to more quickly drive communitywide, lasting change.
Nonprofit Success Initiative
Our Nonprofit Success Initiative aims to fuel social innovation through existing nonprofits by strengthening collaboration among them, to achieve quicker, deeper change. Cohorts are formed each year, with 10 nonprofits learning how to work together (rather than duplicating efforts) and align outcomes.
We work with the agencies on capacity-building training—everything from board development to networking, relationship building and marketing. We hope that through these annual cohorts, agencies can build their expertise and muscle to step up to a new level.
This article was published on: Sep 21, 2020