Mile High United Way Launches Program to Strengthen Nonprofits
Mile High United Way is excited to launch Impact United to help nonprofit partners increase evidence of what works to create positive outcomes for children and families.
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. Mile High United Way created Impact United to address these challenges—ultimately building a stronger community.
Each of our inaugural Impact United partners has strong leadership and potential to create opportunities for children and families in the Globeville, Elyria, and Swansea neighborhoods: Cleo Parker Robinson Dance, Colorado Statewide Parent Coalition's Providers Advancing School Outcomes (PASO) program, Clinica Tepeyac, and El Sistema Colorado.
Participants meet with Mile High United Way coaches to develop a capacity building plan for their immediate needs. Participants 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.
About our Impact United partners:
- Cleo Parker Robinson Dance: For more than 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. Within Impact United, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance will improve its program evaluation efforts in order to better demonstrate impact.
- 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 5 years old by transforming their homes into early learning environments for children. During Impact United, they 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. As an Impact United participant, Clinica Tepeyac improve 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. Within Impact United, El Sistema Colorado will deepen their evaluation efforts and work to establish a strong culture of learning across their organization.
Support for Impact United is provided by Union Pacific Foundation.