Transitioning to Meet The Needs of Our Community
It is apparent now more than ever that we all need to work together as a UNITED front to combat the most significant issues in Florence County and to create a long-lasting, positive impact in the community. United Way of Florence County (UWFC) will be transitioning from a Community Chest Model to the Collective Impact Model, which will be implemented by the 2024 UWFC grant cycle. The Collective Impact Model will allow UWFC to identify the most pressing needs within the three pillars of education, health, and financial stability in Florence County and the partners to collaborate to address them while being able to show the true impact we are all making in the community with donor dollars.
What is Collective Impact?
Collective Impact focuses on the most pressing, fundamental needs of the community in the education, health, and financial stability sectors. Rather than strictly funding programs, United Way of Florence County will fund collaborative community projects and provide direct services, while measuring our impact with clear goals and targeted resources.
The Collective Impact Model will allow us to (1) improve people’s lives by providing better access to services and coordinated support for individuals and families most at risk, (2) explore new partnerships with agencies, donors, and others to leverage resources and share ideas that will improve the system of care for people in our community, (3) initiate innovation and working together to solve social problems, and (4) shift the overall mix of community investments to focus on the root problem to large-scale initiatives that have the power to build for the future and deepen community impact.
The Collective Impact Model will also allow us to incorporate more Collective Impact strategies. Collective Impact is based upon the understanding that no single policy, government entity, or organization can tackle or solve deep-rooted social problems alone. Moving beyond a partnership or collaboration, Collective Impact calls for a longstanding commitment between multiple organizations all working toward a common goal.
Where We Are Now
June 2022-September 2022
Collective Impact Task Force
Hari Rajagopalan, Francis Marion University
Hixon Copp, NESA
Jeanette Altman, The Continuum
Lorene Godbold, McLeod Health
Mackenzie Webb, Preit
Mary Finklea, SC Lutheran Retreat Centers
Nathaniel Marshall, Florence One Schools
Nicole Echols, HopeHealth
Nikkoya Bass, Assurant
Savannah Wright, ACS Technologies
Timothy McFadden, Florence County Sheriff's Office
Community-wide Needs Assessment Survey
In order to combat the most significant issues in Florence County, we first need to identify them. In order to do so, we are seeking community feedback through community conversations and surveys. Your feedback is crucial, so we encourage you to complete one of the surveys below. The Florence County Community Survey is geared towards community members, and the United Way Donor Survey is specific to those who donate to United Way.
Please click here to complete the Florence County Community Survey.
Please click here to complete the United Way Donor Survey.