Community Impact is what United Way of Central Iowa is all about. It's not a term most people know, but it means working with others to create and implement solutions to some of the biggest problems central Iowans face.
2020 Community Impact Goals
We work in the areas of Education, Income and Health, the building blocks to a quality life. In 2009 we set specific, realistic 10-year goals for improvement in each of these areas. Our strategies and work are directed and measured by our progress toward these goals.
Click the icons above (Education, Income and Health) to learn more about our goals and progress in each area.
GOAL: Increase the percentage of central Iowa Students who graduate from high school from 83.4% (2008) to 95% by 2020
Too many young people in central Iowa do not complete high school on time. Research shows they stand to earn $707,400 less over their working lifetime. When you add the burden of increased social costs attributed to dropping out, every dropout represents a million dollar problem.
But a dropout is more than 12 years in the making. Young children who enter kindergarten unprepared can become a third grader who cannot read. Reading proficiently by the end of third grade is a strong predictor for future school success.
GOAL: To increase the percentage of central Iowans who are financially self-sufficient to 75% by 2020
One out of every three families in central Iowa can barely cover basic daily expenses. Iowa ranks second in the nation in the percent of children under 6 years of age with all parents in the labor force. And low wages force many families to go without, or to go into debt. In today's economy, families need enough income to cover rising costs of food, housing, health care, transportation, childcare and clothing - or face painful financial choices.
Job training and readiness programs remain critical to advancing low-wage, low-skilled workers into self-sustaining jobs (UW Metrics report, p24). One of the clearest paths to economic self-sufficiency is education and training. UWCI is driven by the strategies of strengthening skills of regional workforce and provide “market-driven” job training programs to advance career for individuals.
GOAL: To increase the increase central Iowa's Gallup Well-Being Index score from 61.5 (2014) to 65.6 by the year 2020
Following extensive research and input from the community, in 2014 United Way of Central Iowa selected the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index as its measure of Health in central Iowa.
The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index (WBI) is based on the World Health Organization’s definition of health as not only physical health, but also mental and social well-being.
United Way of Central Iowa is proud to have earned a four-star rating for 16 straight years from Charity Navigator, an American independent charity watchdog organization that evaluates charitable organizations in the United States. This record places United Way of Central Iowa in the top 1 percent of charities nationwide. Click the logo to review our complete evaluation.
United Way of Central Iowa has received a Platinum Seal of Transparency from GuideStar, the world's largest source of information on nonprofit organizations. The seal is given to nonprofits who have achieved the highest level of transparency through disclosures, information made available to the public, and accuracy and frequency of updates. Click the logo to learn more.