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  • 2018 10. October
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      Our New Approach to Community Building

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      October 18, 2018 | United Way Staff

      ​As many of our nonprofit partners know, Greater Twin Cities United Way announced a new approach to community building in the fall of 2018. This approach is anchored in a long-term commitment to equity with a focus on filling the biggest gaps across our region.

      The new strategy is based on feedback from nonprofit partners, donors and independent experts, as well as 103 years of experience strengthening our community. We identified the most persistent challenges in the Twin Cities region to address in this new approach:

      • employment and income gaps
      • education disparities
      • lack of supportive and affordable housing
      • racial disparities
      • untreated mental illness

      “Today, we can reasonably predict a person’s life outcomes based on their income, race and/or place of residence,” said Acooa Ellis, SVP of Community Impact, Greater Twin Cities United Way. “Disparities are not inevitable. There are multiple, complex reasons they exist—and, I believe that as a community, we can change the narrative together. Our new approach will disrupt the inequity that manifests in opportunity gaps, often beginning early in childhood and persisting through adulthood.”


      Please note: The RFP for funding through our new strategy is now closed. Sign up to get future funding notices.