Driving Innovation Through Collaboration
We’re also working to expand our social innovation impact by creating new opportunities to partner with and support more established organizations that are driving positive change in North Texas. This includes two initiatives:
Impact Investing Fund: The Impact Investing Fund will allow United Way Dallas to serve as both a partner and a stakeholder in bringing new solutions to critical social issues. The fund will enable us to work with both large and small organizations, at every stage of development, and allow us to help for-profit ventures drive social impact through their business. It’s a natural evolution of our first impact investments, which include a partnership with Cherry, announced in 2020.
Innovation Challenges: Later this year we’ll be kicking off a series of annual social innovation challenges that will enable us to identify, elevate and activate transformative solutions in the areas of education, income and health. The first of these competitions, the Health Innovation Tech Challenge, will highlight organizations with game-changing, technology-fueled approaches to pediatric and mental health, with $1 million in prize funding. Innovation Challenges are a brand-new approach for non-profits to broaden their impact and engage more of the community, and we’re proud to be at the forefront of this exciting evolution.
“Our expanded social innovation program will allow us to partner with and support social impact organizations of every size and in all phases, from the earliest idea in development to large, fully-operational organizations,” said Jamey Applegate, senior director of innovation at United Way Dallas. “This is how we create lasting change in North Texas: by working together, united, toward innovative solutions to long-lasting, systemic challenges.”
Be a Part of the Future of Social Innovation
At United Way, we believe in the power of unity to create lasting change. There are several opportunities on the horizon to be part of the future of Social Innovation with United Way. We hope you’ll plan to join us for the Health Innovation Tech Challenge, held this fall at the newly opened Pegasus Park in Dallas. Full details will be announced soon.
In the meantime, you can be part of our social innovation work by investing in United Way. The money raised here stays here to create lasting change in our community. Learn more about ways you can give.
This article was published on: Apr 22, 2021