United Way’s Successful Kids investments will be funded through two streams: stabilization funding and acceleration funding. The focus of both streams is issue or cause focused, so that root problems are being addressed for long-term sustainable change. All investments must align with United Way outcomes and demonstrate impact.
Stabilization funding will primarily focus on programs. This ensures stabilized funding is made available to the sector, particularly during times of economic turbulence. In 2018, the majority of stabilization funding ($5M) will be invested in the Successful Kids Programs through a Call for Applications.
As Signature Initiatives evolve and prove their effectiveness (moving from being new products to stable investments), they will be also be funded by the stabilization stream. Starting in 2018, the stabilization fund will support our Successful Kids Signature Initiative, All In for Youth ($1.2M).
Acceleration funding will focus on new initiatives. Dollars allocated to this funding stream are dependent on new initiatives developed in response to priority community needs and interest generated from donors to support it. Providing a new stream of dollars for issue-based strategies resulting from our Social Impact Lab, acceleration funding enables the social sector to work together on complex social issues with big impact in a timely way at scale.
The Social Impact Lab is a physical space where new products and initiatives can be researched and tested as driven by community priority needs. The experimental environment is powered by co-design thinking and rapid prototyping. It will both engage many through the use of a digital engagement platform and serve as a gathering place for agency partners, government, donors, corporate member volunteers, subject matter experts, and others, to work toward solutions in response to complex social issues.
New initiatives in development at the Lab include: 1. child and youth mental health, 2. early childhood supports, and 3. transitions to the workforce (AIFY).
The Indigenous Youth Hub is another new initiative now open to partnership. Over the next three years, a total of $767,000 will support the Indigenous Youth Hub through the acceleration funding stream. In 2018, the first of these monies will be disbursed through an Expression of Interest.
Opportunities will be available for agencies to partner with United Way on the other three new initiatives in development and more information will be shared as this work evolves.