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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. The five conditions of collective impact United Way uses are: Common Agenda; Shared Measurement; Mutually Reinforcing Activities; Continuous Communication; and Backbone Support.

United Way of Northern California, both in it’s Prosperity Initiative and in evaluating grant applications is emphasizing collective impact. They have released a new RFP for Redding area community charities to apply for funding through the United Way Workplace Giving Campaign. They are looking for agencies that fall under 3 primary categories: Solution Based Programs, Basic Needs, and Innovative Programs. The Application is now live and will be due on April 11, 2016 by 4:00pm. You can view the application and the outlining RFP online. For questions regarding the application process please contact Derek Collard, Program Services Administrator at dcollard@norcalunitedway.org or by calling their office at (530) 241-7521.

Paul Schmitz, Senior Advisor, Collective Impact Forum and CEO, Leading Inside Out has written an article in Huffington Post where he explains how “Collective Impact reverses the traditional nonprofit social change process.”


Locally, in California Public Allies of Silicon Valley/San Francisco “through their AmeriCorps program, trains young leaders (“Allies”) who are young, diverse, and passionate social change makers that support community projects in partnership with hundreds of local nonprofit organizations.

Public Allies commitment is to collective impact. Public Allies is a national movement grounded in the conviction that everyone leads. They believe that everyone can make a difference and can work to inspire more citizens to believe in themselves, step up, and act. Throughout our nation’s history, lasting social change has always resulted from the courageous acts of many, not just the inspiration of the few.

Leadership is about taking responsibility – both personal and social – to engage others to work for common goals. Public Allies believes leadership is an action many can take, not a position few can hold. Public Allies practices five core values: diversity & inclusiveness; integrity; focus on assets; collaboration; continuous learning; and innovation.

Collective Impact changes communities and changes lives.