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United Way of Salt Lake

Research and Reports

United Way of Salt Lake carefully tracks, monitors, and reports on our progress. Below is an overview of recent reports, articles, and resources about our work.

United Way of Salt Lake Annual Report to the Community

Together, over the past year, we have been pursuing lasting social change on the most difficult challenges we face as a community: poverty, poor health, and lagging educational achievement. This report highlights some of that work.

2017 - 2018 Annual Report to the Community
2016 - 2017 Annual Report to the Community
2015 - 2016 Annual Report to the Community

United Way 2-1-1 of Utah Annual Report

For over 50 years, United Ways in Utah have utilized information and referral systems to connect people to resources that meet their basic needs in times of personal difficulty. This report highlights some of that work.

2017 - 2018 United Way 2-1-1 of Utah Annual Report
2016 - 2017 United Way 2-1-1 of Utah Annual Report
2015 - 2016 United Way 2-1-1 of Utah Annual Report
2014 - 2015 United Way 2-1-1 of Utah Annual Report
2013 - 2014 United Way 2-1-1 of Utah Annual Report

Results Matter: Aligning Action for Results

Promise Partnership Regional Council (PPRC) Leaders from business, nonprofits, government, schools and others have combined efforts to achieve results for our region’s children and families through the PPRC. This report outlines that commitment and collaborative effort.

  2017 Results Matter Report
2016 Results Matter Report
2015 Results Matter Report

Business Aligning for Impact: The Promise of Collective Impact

Allen S. Grossman and Ann B. Lombard, Harvard Business School, 2015 The report makes a powerful case for why U.S. businesses should direct their time, talent, and financial resources toward collective impact partnerships. United Way of Salt Lake and its many partnerships are highlighted as a “bright spot.”


Collective impact is UWSL’s approach to community problem solving. Collective impact requires everyone to work together in partnership – businesses, government, schools, foundations, and nonprofit organizations – to tackle our most pressing challenges and develop lasting solutions.


Ecosystem Investing: Achieving Impact at Scale

Jeff Edmondson, Kate Mohan, and Stacey Stewart, Stanford Social Innovation Review, 2015 Ecosystem investing is inherently more complex, requires a different set of assumptions, and produces different results than traditional programmatic investing.


Embracing Emergence: How Collective Impact Addresses Complexity

John Kania and Mark Kramer, Stanford Social Innovation Review, 2013 As practitioners work toward the five conditions of collective impact, many participants are becoming frustrated in their efforts to move the needle on their chosen issues.


Understanding the Value of Backbone Organizations in Collective Impact

Shiloh Turner, Kathy Merchant, John Kania, and Ellen Martin, Stanford Social Innovation Review, 2012 As cross-sector groups engage more deeply in collective impact practice, funders and practitioners alike find ourselves probing for answers to the question: How do you do this work well?


Channeling Change: Making Collective Impact Work

Stanford Social Innovation Review, Fay Hanleybrown, John Kania, and Mark Kramer, 2012 This follow-up on the popular “Collective Impact” article provides updated, in-depth guidance.


Catalytic Philanthropy

Stanford Social Innovation Review, Mark R. Kramer, 2009 Despite spending vast amounts of money and helping to create the world’s largest nonprofit sector, philanthropists have fallen far short of solving America’s most pressing problems. “Catalytic philanthropy” is a new approach that is already be practiced by some of the most innovative donors.


Research and Reports Archive