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October 2012

Dear Colleagues,

As you may have heard by now, Stacey D. Stewart was named President of United Way USA a few weeks ago. It's a new position, reflecting United Way's commitment to strengthening our U.S. network of 1,200. Read more about her here.

Stacey will be working with you and other leaders to ramp up our community transformation. She's focused on preserving and growing United Ways' base of influence and resources; mobilizing people to tackle community challenges; and attracting and retaining the best people to our network.

I have had the pleasure of working with Stacey since 1999 when we were at the Fannie Mae Foundation. While there, she worked hard to make available housing that is affordable for all Americans. She operates with a sense of "servant leadership" and urgency that I believe will renew our network's optimism, excitement and energy. Please reach out to her (stacey.stewart@unitedway.org) with comments or suggestions.

Peter Beard
Senior Vice President, Community Impact



Brian Gallagher Calls for Mentors in The Huffington Post

"(Students) aren't the only ones who should see "back to school" as a time of new possibilities. The season is the perfect time of year to become a reader, tutor or mentor." Read more of Brian Gallagher's article featured in The Huffington Post.


Backpacks, School Supplies and LOTS of Volunteers

Here's an example of a strategic volunteerism event that is driving impact. Some 400 volunteers gathered recently to pack 20,000 backpacks with school supplies for low-income and homeless children as part of United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern Jersey and Cradles to Crayons' 2012 Backpack-A-Thon. Read more here and here.


2013 National Mentoring Summit

United Way Worldwide is a sponsor of The 2013 National Mentoring Summit, Jan. 24-25, 2013, in Washington, D.C. The theme will be Mentoring Works: Inspire. Achieve. Advocate. The 2013 Summit will convene hundreds of mentoring practitioners, researchers, corporate partners, government representatives and civic leaders in a forum to explore how mentoring can positively affect individuals and communities. Mentoring works in helping young people succeed academically, socially and emotionally. It inspires the mentee, as well as the mentor, and it can lead to long-term achievement.

The summit will include sessions on innovations in collaborative partnerships, including corporate/community engagement; faith-based perspective; advocacy and organizing. United Ways may use flex credits to attend. Learn more at: http://www.mentoring.org/summit_2013


United Way Faith Community Partnership Guide: Recruiting One Million Volunteers Readers, Tutors and Mentors

Faith communities play an integral role in many mentoring efforts, and in our education, income and health initiative across the network. United Way Worldwide has created a new toolkit is to assist local United Ways and their partners in creating more opportunities for young people by joining forces to recruit, train and match volunteers from the faith community with students, especially students in our nation's most challenged schools. Many local United Ways have already been working in collaboration with houses of worship. This guide is intended to provide inspiration and advice to help you expand that work. For others who are just getting started, this resource can help you and your partners with ideas for how to get started.


Integrating Health and Learning

A new document from Robert Wood Johnson's Active Living Research, Moving More at School - Increasing Physical Activity Before, During and After School,  offers evidence, recommendations and strategies on promoting physical activity all day, inside and outside the classroom.  Resources include briefs on recess and after-school programs, and tools you can use to assess how well your school is doing to support physical activity.


Dental Problems Affect School Performance

Kids with dental problems are nearly three times more likely to miss school than their peers. Increasing the capacity of the dental work force and fluoridating community water systems are just two of the ways states can make a positive impact on our kids' oral health. Read the report here and view this video to learn other state policy solutions for improving dental care for children


Podcast: How Nonprofits Can Weave Stronger Networks

June Holley, an author and consultant, discusses how organizations can use social networks to connect previously overlooked supporters to their causes.


United Way Latin America region wins social responsibility award for efforts

The United Way Latin America region was awarded the Latin American NGO Responsibility Award by the Ecumenical and Social Forum in Buenos Aires, Argentina.The award aims to strengthen the culture of social responsibility, help establish international standards, elevate the status of Latin American NGOs and highlight best practices. United Ways in the region are improving education for vulnerable populations, including a regional early childhood initiative. For more information, contact Maria del Rosario Sintes, United Way Worldwide Vice President, Latin America Region.


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Updates from United Way Worldwide:

Help Us Say Thanks

The BIG THANKS is the official close of our year-long 125th anniversary celebration. It will kick off November 12, just before the "season of thanks" and the United Way/NFL Thanksgiving halftime show. Join us in a coordinated "BIG THANKS" to those who have supported United Way over the years. Check out this archived webinar or contact Pete Hahn at UWW to learn more.

Upcoming Webinars & Trainings

The Product Development Process: Framing Impact Strategies as Investment Products: November 27-29, Columbia, SC
So you've developed strategies for improving lives that go beyond funding services and are working to create lasting changes in community conditions, but now what? Align your community impact, resource development, and marketing functions, using the product development process.

The Harwood Public Innovators Lab: December 4-6, Alexandria, VA
To effect lasting change, the aspirations of your community and the work that you are doing must align. This highly-focused learning experience grounds participants in turning outward. By using the Harwood principles to engage your community - and using that information to inform and shape your work - you can accelerate community change.

Salt Lake City Center of Excellence: December 13-14, Salt Lake City, UT
United Way of Salt Lake has completely aligned its collective impact work and fully integrated this work into all facets of the organization. Learn how this alignment has led to increased community visibility and results, and come hear about the critical success factors for CEO and Board leadership.

Fall Learning Catalog
Read about United Way's new global Talent Management Strategy in the Fall Learning and Knowledge Exchange Catalog for an in-depth look at the United Way professional competencies and learn about the steps you can take to implement the talent strategy in your workplace.

Archived Webinars

Charting a Course for Change Webinar Series: August 2012
Hear about the strategies experts say most communities should consider in education, income and health; high-impact implementation approaches, and United Way roles. Click here for Tipsheet, PowerPoints and other resources

Order hardcopies (item #0290) here or call toll free 1-800-772-0008.

Engaging Donors and Community Stakeholders in Advocacy: August 9, 2012
This webinar focused on how to mobilize corporate leaders and stakeholders to affect public policy and raise awareness of the issues we care about. Download the PowerPoint and related documents from United Way Online.

The Link between Childhood Health and Poverty: August 21, 2012
Did you know the number of children in poverty is a key social and economic measure used in measuring your county's health? Learn more about the connection between poverty and health, and hear about policies and programs that have been implemented throughout the country to reduce poverty.

Managing Our Message during Campaign: August 21, 2012
Communicating United Way's move from a fundraising organization to one focused on community impact can be difficult to achieve with the media. Workplace campaign season provides a terrific opportunity to help the media see that our focus is on improving community conditions through education, income and health. Learn how you can sharpen your message, strengthen our brand and drive trust in United Way.

The AFL-CIO and United Way: A Partnership for the Common Good: August 29, 2012
The partnership between the AFL-CIO and United Way is long-standing and treasured. Learn more about this partnership, get tips on improving your workplace campaigns, and creating new paths for volunteer recruitment and engagement.

Tracking Trust Locally with United Way's Brand Tracker: September 27, 2012
Trust is a valuable United Way asset. Learn more about measuring that value locally. With Julia Raether, United Way Worldwide's Director of Consumer and Market Insights, and Christy Tchoumba, VP of Strategic Accounts at iModerate Research Technologies, Inc. 

F as in Fat 2012: How Obesity Threatens America's Future: October 9, 2012
Learn about the key findings of the recently released report and how to leverage this data to galvanize action and inform policy-related efforts to preserve health, prevent disease, and reduce health care cost.  (Note: United Way Worldwide has not taken a position on the policy recommendations of the report that are not expressly included in United Way's Policy Agenda.) 

Tools You Can Use

How America Gives: Explore Giving in Your Neighborhood
Explore The Chronicle's exclusive database to explore charitable giving and income by state, county, city, and ZIP code.

Literacy Funders Network: Grantmaker's Toolbox
Summary of key reasons, opportunities and approaches for investing in the literacy field.

Expanded Learning Toolkit
Provides guidance to city agencies, school districts, intermediaries, state agencies and Statewide Afterschool Networks as they develop plans for out-of-classroom (after school, summer etc.) initiatives in their communities.

Healthcare Reform Implementation Timeline
An interactive tool designed to explain how and when the provisions of the health reform law will be implemented over the next several years.

En Camino Educational Toolkit for Families
A comprehensive toolkit of educational resources that support Spanish-speaking families' aspirations for education and educational attainment and help create strong transition partnerships between programs and postsecondary educational institutions.

Alliance Research Review
The National Alliance of Children's Trust and Prevention Funds' Research Review is an online resource on the latest research and innovative approaches in the field of child abuse and neglect prevention.


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