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COLLECTIVE IMPACT IN DAKOTA COUNTY: Everything works better when we work together

During a collaborative meeting, a  ministerial worker talked about a young man he was working with who wanted to leave gang life. From those discussions grew the creation of a three-year business plan which explores the possibility of a much

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Norfolk’s plans to serve vulnerable older youth with $300,000 grant from Nebraska Children

  Nebraska Children and Families Foundation is awarding $300,000 over two years to the Norfolk Area United Way on behalf of the Norfolk Family Coalition and the Social Innovation Sub-Committee. The funding will be used to build a Connected Youth

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Scaling up: Expanding What Works to create more change for more children

By Mary Kate Gulick, Vice President Everyone loves a new idea. An untested innovation. Something that no one has ever done before. Really, it’s only human nature. But in the business of social change, this fixation on breaking new ground may do more harm than good. The

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Panhandle Partnership honored at UpPour

At UpPour 2014, The Panhandle Partnership for Health and Human Services received the Mike Yanney Community Award for their powerful work on behalf of Western Nebraska’s children and families over the last 15 years. Founded in 1998, the Panhandle Partnership is

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York Child Well Being conversations

Key community stakeholders in York recently met with Nebraska Children to begin the process of becoming a Child Well Being Community. This process, which starts with a thorough analysis of child well being data and a service array assessment, would

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Collective Impact 101: Training for Nebraska’s communities

  Nebraska Children partnered with The Peter Kiewit Foundation, The Sherwood Foundation, the Iowa West Foundation and the Lincoln Community Foundation to bring FSG to Nebraska to train on Collective Impact. What’s Collective Impact and who’s FSG? Collective Impact is

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Beginning the Process of Change in Norfolk

On October 17, at an off-the-beaten-track banquet hall in Norfolk, something remarkable happened. Health care providers, policy makers, nonprofit leaders, city officials, DHHS employees and more came together to discuss a topic that’s not always easy: What they can be

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Nebraska Impact: the model for change that actually works

By Jenny Skala, Vice President of Community Impact Every nonprofit organization has a mission. And the more focused that mission is, the easier it is to see the way forward. I mean, if your mission is to ensure that the

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Why prevention matters to all of us: The long-term effects of child abuse to our kids and our culture

Part of the belief that whether a parent abuses a child is that family’s personal “business” is the failure to admit that the outcome of abuse affects all of us. How? Countless obvious ways . . . and some that

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Redefining collaboration with the Fremont United Way

By Wendy Van, Vice President of Development On the evening of April 2, I was honored to be part of the Campaign Victory Celebration for the Fremont United Way. This dedicated, committed team exceeded their fundraising goals and added several

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