Foothills United Way identifies 13 groups as collaborative partners in new funding model
by Shay Castle, Daily Camera and Longmont Times-Call
Thirteen local groups have been approved as Live United collaboratives by nonprofit Foothills United Way, serving Boulder and Broomfield Counties.
The groups are a collective of nonprofit agencies, government entities, school districts, faith communities, businesses and other leaders who have banded together to solve one of three identified community issues: community resilience, attainable housing, and strengthening families for early childhood success.
"Naming these partnerships really signals the new focus of Foothills United Way and our work for the future," said Doug Yeiser, President and CEO. "We're no longer making grants to organizations doing their own work: we're asking agencies to work together."
The move is part of a three-year effort to change the business model, motivated in part by successful efforts to repair the community in the wake of the 2013 flooding and also by the financial challenges the disaster presented to the organization.
The named collaboratives may apply for four different types of grants from Foothills, which will be announced later this year. Yeiser said other groups may apply for collaborative status each month.