United Way of San Diego County is one of only six United Ways to be chosen by Strive Together to be part of a nationwide “Collective Impact” initiative, funded by a $1 million investment from Target.


Our local United Way will receive a year of strategic coaching and support for its multiple Collective Impact efforts, where all partners use the same data, benchmarks and goals – and ultimately, work together to ensure students’ success.

“We chose San Diego for this initiative because it’s a strong example of leadership and significant community progress,” said Jeff Edmondson, managing director, Strive Together, which connects, supports and facilitates a network of communities for the success of every child from cradle to career. “This is the first step in forming a large network that is leading dramatic transformation across the country.”

United Way’s Collective Impact efforts include serving as the anchor organization for the City Heights Partnership for Children, providing the initial programming and funding for the Military Family Collaborative, actively participating in the Diamond Educational Excellence Partnership, funding a portion of the Chula Vista Promise Neighborhood, as well as supporting many of the region’s homelessness efforts.

“We are building a strong cradle to college or career pipeline in City Heights – one that will serve San Diego regionally as we come together to support every child every step of the way,” said Tad Parzen, executive director, City Heights Partnership for Children. “The time is now for San Diego to become a place where all children thrive. Our quality of life, economy and the fabric of our neighborhoods depend on it.”