Closing Out The Fiscal Year with Change, Collective Impact, and Community Collaboration

By: Jason Castor
Senior Vice President of Resource Development

As I reflect back on our 2010/2011 fiscal year that concluded on June 30, 2011, a song by David Bowie comes to mind…Ch-Ch-Ch – Changes. This year, preceded by the previous nine, has represented significant change for United Way of Salt Lake as we’ve adopted and implemented a collaborative approach to community problem solving called Collective Impact. This process required collaboration among community groups including business, faith-based, non-profit, government, and education.  It also required in-depth research, Board leadership, a committed and dynamic staff and of course, monetary resources. And, without the latter, our vision of a community where all individuals and families achieve their potential through education, income stability, and healthy lives would not be possible.

It’s on this note that I’d like to extend a special thanks to our staff not only for their tremendous commitment to our community but also for their incredibly generous financial support. We just concluded our 2010/2011 internal employee giving campaign, with the theme of “CHANGE,” and I’m very proud to say that we had 100% participation and our team of 37 employees raised $45,467 dollars to further our work in the areas of education, income and health! The success of our employee giving campaign would not have been possible without the incredible support of our fearless leader, Deborah Bayle, the leadership of our dynamic chair, J. Andrew Livingston, and his outstanding committee that included, Courtney Archer, Vicki Bingham, Alison Cundiff, Megan Jones, Iuliana Petrescu, Linda Turkington, and Cristi Wetterberg.

I’m very touched and humbled by the generosity and commitment of our staff…kudos to each and every one of you all that you do in support of UWSL!

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