United Way gets $150,000 grant as part of education push

03/18/2014 11:48 AM

03/18/2014 4:44 PM

United Way of Central Carolinas has won a $150,000 grant to help collect data as part of its ongoing project to improve graduation rates in Mecklenburg and Union counties.

The $150,000, to be distributed over two years, will allow United Way to continue collecting and analyzing data from children and youth agencies funded in Mecklenburg County and expand to agencies served in Union County.

The grant is from the Sisters of Mercy of North Carolina Foundation. The funds will be used to continue the Collective Impact in children and youth work in Mecklenburg County and expand to Union County. Specifically, the grant will be focused on data collection and analysis.

As part of the United Way of Central Carolinas’ reinvention process, and after more than nine months of research, the United Way board voted in August 2011 to move to a Collective Impact model that will focus on fewer goals and greater outcomes.

United Way began the Collective Impact work with a pilot model focused on the 16 children and youth agencies in Mecklenburg County, with a goal of improving graduation rates for at-risk and low performing children.

“United Way must be involved in making data-driven decisions that will positively impact our children most in need and their future,” said United Way Executive Director Jane McIntyre in a statement.

“Although data collection and analysis is hard work, time consuming and costly, it’s invaluable. This grant will allow us to receive data that will inform our decisions and strengthen the work of our agencies and United Way as a whole.”

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