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More than Funding: Working to Strengthen Local Organizations

Pictured above: Desta Taye-Channell and her colleagues at Florence Crittenton were thrilled to find out they were chosen to participate in Mile High United Way’s The Performance Collaborative.

Mile High United Way has launched a new program called The Performance Collaborative, a two-year intensive training to help organizations use data to make decisions that refine and define the way their programs impact the community.

Girls Inc. of Metro Denver, Florence Crittenton Services, Denver Urban Scholars, Project Voyce, and Mile High United Way’s own Bridging the Gap program were chosen for the inaugural class because of their readiness to conduct comprehensive evaluation and organizational commitment to continuous improvement and evidence building.  

At a recent meeting, Patrick Byrne, Executive Director of Denver Urban Scholars stated, “I am most excited about working in collaboration with four other dynamic, youth serving organizations. It is a real opportunity for us to strengthen our organizational practice, while developing a real culture of evaluation.” 

The intensive program integrates one-on-one coaching, peer-to-peer learning and resource sharing to help the organizations take a deep dive into how they are currently serving the community and what adjustments can be made to improve results.

“We believe that focusing on impact will bring real, sustainable community change," says Cindy Eby, Mile High United Way’s Senior Director, Evaluation, “The Performance Collaborative is an opportunity to transform the traditional funder/grantee relationship, and collectively dig deep into work that can truly be transformational.”   

The first The Performance Collaborative class will kick off in July 2014.

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