Resources for Collective Impact

Here are a few resources to help understand the economic, hardship and impact to our communities. Please contact us us or give us a call at 860.657.0770 to collaborate and further empower your efforts in student achievement and success. And most importantly, how we can work together to inspire potential, synchronize generations and transform lives.

Goals for the Common Good – The United Way Challenge for America

By 2018, we as a nation must:

  • Cut by half the number of young people who drop out of high school
  • Cut by half the number of lower-income families that lack financial stability
  • Increase by a third the number of youths and adults who are healthy and avoid risky behaviors

The United Way: Charting a Course for Change

Do you also believe that it takes a village to make our children’s dreams come true?

In today’s diverse and changing landscapes of families, Realizing Dreams also believes that we need to follow what Mr. Brian Gallagher, CEO of United Way Worldwide inspires us to do with his 2012 Charting A Course For Change: Advancing Education, Income and Health Through Collective Impact.

The Economic Value of Opportunity Youth

What are the real costs? Besides the impact on a young person’s life, have you ever wondered what are the social costs and economic value?

This is a great way to justify the cost to those who need  to see the numbers with impactful data. You will find the $4.75 Trillion cost on page 2 of the report.

United Way 14UW ALICE Report CT


A flourishing community starts with healthy, secure families. How different would Connecticut be if every working family earned enough to get ahead financially? What if families could meet not only their basic needs but also save for emergencies and their family’s future? Thriving families support local businesses and make our community stronger.

Connecticut’s United Ways are working in collaboration with United Ways in five other states to give an identity and voice to people in our communities who work hard yet still struggle to make ends meet; people who we call ALICEAsset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed. Individually and collectively, we rely on ALICE every day. ALICE is our co-workers, friends, neighbors and families. ALICE keeps Connecticut’s small businesses, corporations and nonprofit employers running and thriving.

About one-third of Connecticut residents are not earning enough to “get by” based on a Household Survival Budget that uses conservative estimates of monthly expenses for housing, child care, food, transportation, health care and taxes.