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Mile High United Way Launches Program to Strengthen Nonprofits

Impact United Kickoff

Mile High United Way is excited to launch a new program designed to strengthen the impact of nonprofits on our community. Impact United helps a cohort of nonprofit partners increase evidence of what works to create positive outcomes for children and families in our community. Our inaugural Impact United partners are: Cleo Parker Robinson Dance, Colorado Statewide Parent Coalition: Through their Providers Advancing School Outcomes (PASO) program, Clinica Tepeyac, and El Sistema Colorado. These organizations were selected based on their strength of leadership and their high potential to create opportunities for children and families in the Globeville, Elyria, and Swansea neighborhoods.

Impact United partner organizations receive individualized coaching and support from Mile High United Way's performance evaluation and learning team coaches to accomplish their organizational goals. Coaches work with each partner to develop a unique capacity building plan that will meet the immediate needs of the organization and help them achieve greater impact with the people they serve. Impact United organizations also learn from each other, and receive peer learning opportunities and leadership development training. “[Impact United] is an opportunity for nonprofits to really transform their organizational practice and that transformation comes in the form of becoming more outcomes-driven, more data-driven so that ultimately, they are constantly improving their program,” added Kenzie Strong, Mile High United Way's Senior Director of Evaluation and Learning. 

Nonprofit organizations face numerous challenges that may hinder their ability to have the greatest impact on our community. Nonprofits report not having sufficient time, capacity, and resources to gather, interpret, and use data. Nonprofits often have multiple and varied data and reporting requirements across funders with limited prioritization toward evaluation funding and support. Because of these significant challenges, Mile High United Way created Impact United as a way to support and maximize nonprofit effectiveness—ultimately building a stronger, thriving community for all people. 

About our Impact United partners: 

  • Cleo Parker Robinson Dance: For over 40 years, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance has served as a local anchor and international destination for the study and celebration of culture with an emphasis on dance and its relation to community empowerment and democratic renewal. Through Impact United, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance will improve its evaluation efforts in order to better demonstrate the impact of their programming on individuals and communities.
  • Colorado Statewide Parent Coalition: Through their Providers Advancing School Outcomes (PASO) program, the Colorado Statewide Parent Coalition trains Family, Friend, and Neighbor (FFN) care providers to promote school readiness for Latino children birth to five years old by transforming their homes into early learning environments for children. Through Impact United, the Colorado Statewide Parent Coalition will focus on evaluating all aspects of their PASO program and strengthening their organization through board development and business planning. 
  • Clinica Tepeyac: Clinica Tepeyac provides culturally competent health care and preventative health services for the medically underserved. Since its inception in 1994, Clinica Tepeyac has evolved to meet the ongoing needs of the community. Through Impact United, Clinica Tepeyac will focus on improving their community engagement and outreach strategies in order to reach more people in need of their services. 
  • El Sistema Colorado: El Sistema Colorado aims to transform the lives of children through music. Drawing on the inspiration and approach from the original El Sistema established in Venezuela over 40 years ago, the founders of El Sistema Colorado envisioned free music programs for low-income students in Denver. Through Impact United, El Sistema Colorado will deepen their evaluation efforts and work to establish a strong culture of learning across their organization.