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United Way Neighborhood Network

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The Neighborhood Network is United Way of Metropolitan Chicago’s region-wide strategic initiative to address local community challenges by driving focused collaboration to achieve lasting change. We help neighborhoods solve their most pressing problems through community- specific strategies.

Community stakeholders−residents, schools, nonprofits, government officials, churches, hospitals, businesses−work with United Way to identify challenges that the collective group works toward solving.

Working with a lead partner in the community, United Way funds and guides the work of the Neighborhood Network toward achieving its collective goal.

Neighborhood Network

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United Way Neighborhood Network communities are selected based on both level of need and their capacity to improve lives for their residents with the additional investment, partners and strategies of the Neighborhood Network model. In each community, with United Way funding and coordination, stakeholder coalitions are identifying a common goal they want to work toward over the next several years.

Neighborhood Network Communitites:

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Our Goal: Bringing focused collaboration to big challenges to achieve sustainable results.

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Our Results

United Way’s Neighborhood Network Initiative is about changing how we make change by aligning the players, processes and programs in communities to better support the lives of individuals and families. We are focused on sustainable results through a multi-year commitment of funding and staff in each neighborhood.

Measurement falls into three categories:

  • Integration of strategies and systems (collective impact)
  • Annual outcomes (students on track)
  • Community-level change (success toward a common goal like graduation rates over time)
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The United Way Neighborhood Network Initiative is supported by a Cornerstone Gift from BMO Harris Bank, and by generous contributions from BlueCross BlueShield of Illinois, Mesirow Financial Corp., Magellan Corp., Nicor Gas, Northwestern Medicine, the Pepsico Foundation, the Siemer Institute for Family Stability, the Telligen Community Initiative, Wells Fargo, the Whitehead Foundation, and Zurich.