the power of collective effort

Companies, nonprofits and foundations have engaged in collaborative work for years. However, collective impact takes this a step further. In this case, all those involved have a unified understanding of the problem and solution. On this basis, they develop joint project objectives, success indicators, and unified systems for reviewing objectives over the course of the project’s running life.

Within a collective-impact alliance, activities interlock like gears in order to mutually reinforce one another. This demands continuous communication and coordination, as well as structures and competences that are often provided by an independent non-profit “backbone organization”.

Such alliances have the ability to achieve considerable impact, as the non-profit StriveTogether network in the United States has shown. That network’s goal is to enable every child, regardless of his or her background, to pursue a successful educational path all the way to the beginning of a career. A total of 70 community partnerships in 30 U.S. states are working toward this end today, encompassing more than 10,800 local organizations.

The network helps communities identify and scale educational approaches that work. Local collective-impact alliances are provided with support in exchanging data, coordinating resources and designing policies. As many as 10.4 million students have been reached in this way since 2012.

Due to its high potential for impact, we want to strengthen the collective-impact approach in Germany.


Funding initiative ‘zukunftsträger’

One focus of PHINEO’s collaboration with United Way is on the educational sector. From our analyses, we know there is a particular need for action with regard to youth and young adults making the transition from school into training programs and work:

80,000 young people

every year are unable to find an opening in a training program, even though about 44,000 training places within companies go unfilled

300,000 youth

take advantage of programs intended to facilitate this transition

nearly 2 million young people

have never completed a vocational training program

50% of all young mothers

and 30% of all young fathers between the ages of 16 and 24 had not finished a vocational training program in 2015

 Download SECTOR REport “Jobs Ahead” 

 Download study “paths to working life”

Between their first school-based career orientation and their entry into working life, young people go through multiple transitions that can represent serious obstacles for some. For these individuals, it is particularly important that the various capacity-building and individual-assistance offerings work together in a sustainable way. To make sure this happens, schools and other educational institutions, municipalities, nonprofits, companies and foundations must act together.

Our collective-impact funding initiative is intended to establish and expand local and regional alliances of this kind. Moreover, it seeks to improve collaboration between local actors supporting disadvantaged young people in the transition phases, and to help these entities align their activities more closely.

The funding initiative was developed by PHINEO in cooperation with the JPMorgan Chase Foundation and a number of additional experts. First funding partners are already on board, and we’d be happy to have you join us as a member of the initiative.

If you are interested in more information about our collective-impact funding initiative, our concept paper is available for download here.

Download Concept paper

Become a funding partner

Please contact us if you have any questions about collective impact, or about opportunities to support our collective-impact funding initiative.

Christian Berger
Member of the Executive Board
+49 30 520065330

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