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United Way of Lancaster County has evolved from its roots as a fundraising organization to a critical community convener that connects nonprofits, businesses, community leaders, public officials, and community residents to expand opportunities for people to succeed.

Through the power of working collectively, organizations:

  • Agree to a common goal;

  • Agree to track progress in the same way;

  • Bring their expertise and skills together while identifying new ways to work together;

  • Have continuous communication;

  • Have skilled and dedicated resources to support ongoing effort

This is the collective impact model. Lancaster is capable of achieving real and lasting population-level impact.

In every community education, financial stability, and health are the building blocks for opportunity-individually and collectively for individual and community prosperity. Our community wins when a child succeeds in school, when families are financially stable, when people are healthy. A quality education is essential to obtaining and keeping a job with a livable wage and health benefits. An income adequate to pay for the necessities of life and save for the future helps families become financially stable. Leading a healthy lifestyle keeps children on track in school and adults productive at work.

By 2025, United Way is challenging the Lancaster County community and its nonprofit service providers to ensure that:

  1. 100% of our children enter kindergarten ready to learn

  2. 100% of students and adults will have post-secondary credentials

  3. Decrease individuals and families living in poverty by 50%

  4. 100% of individuals, children and families will have a physician, dentist and a mental health provider


Find out more about Collective Impact by reading some of the articles below:

"Channeling Change: Making Collective Impact Work"
By: Fay Hanleybrown, John Kania, & Mark Kramer

"Advancing Impact and Results in Education, Income, and Health: The role of performance measurement and management systems in community impact"
By: Peter Beard, Jeanette Castellans Butt, Dustie Lanier, Benny Samuels, Adrienne Washington, & Christopher Wilborn