FORT LAUDERDALE, FL – (March 11, 2014)
– A Community Foundation of Broward case study 15 years in the making is upending conventional wisdom on how nonprofits can help Broward.
Collective Impact – Lessons Learned in the Creation of a Safety Net for Youth Aging Out of Foster Care
” examines efforts by a coalition of Broward organizations to help former foster youth become independent. The publication provides a guide for nonprofits and others to use when tackling community issues that confront Broward.
The Collective Impact report calls for highly structured cross-sector coalitions rather than isolated efforts by individual organizations or nonprofits.
“No single entity can make a real and lasting difference alone. This report proves beyond doubt that permanent progress requires a collective effort,” said Linda Carter, Foundation President/CEO. “The innovation of the partners who undertook this work and the philanthropists who supported it gives us a model we can use to address any large community challenge.”
The report is based on a community-wide effort that began in 2001 when Broward County had Florida’s largest number of teenagers in the foster/relative care system. Once leaving foster care as young adults these individuals were struggling to succeed. In 2001 46% of those who had aged out had no high school diploma, 25% experienced homelessness and less than one in four were completely self-sufficient.
In 2013 there are now 186 housing units dedicated for those aging out at 95% occupancy, teen pregnancy rates for those aging out have fallen 26%, and homeless rates have dropped 21%.
Read the report here
About the Community Foundation of Broward
Founded in 1984, the Community Foundation of Broward provides leadership on community solutions, and fosters philanthropy that connects people who care with causes that matter. With more than 450 charitable Funds representing $165 million, it has distributed $65 million over the past 30 years to create positive change. The Foundation convenes citizens around critical issues, and builds the capacity of our community. For Good. For Ever. For more information about the Community Foundation of Broward, visit cfbroward.org or call 954.761.9503.