Collective Impact

Collective Impact Changes Communities, Changes Lives

Collective Impact. Two words you're likely hearing more and more today. At its simplest level, Collective Impact happens when a core group of people or organizations come together around a shared goal with a common set of strategies and metrics. No individual agendas. No duplication. Everyone bringing their strengths to the table to solve a social issue that cannot be solved alone.

For over 10 years, United Ways have been taking a leadership role as backbone organizations to make Collective Impact a reality in communities around the world. The United Way of Northern California has recently launched its first collective impact initiative, Prosperity. Read more about the initiative here.

Below are the five conditions of Collective Impact, these factors help to ensure the success of initiatives that follow the framework.


Collective Impact Tools and Resources

Collective Impact Article by Paul Schmitz, CEO of Public Allies

Collective Impact Video featuring Dr. Johnnetta B. Cole (Babies in the River)

County Health Rankings & Roadmaps


Public Allies

Stanford Social Innovation Review


Tamarack Institute

The Harwood Institute

United Way - Common Good Forecaster

United Way of Northern California- Collective Impact Overview

United Way of Salt Lake - Case Study for Collective Impact

United Way Worldwide - Charting a Course for Change

White House Council for Community Solutions