Start Small. Think Big.

Because the future of the entire Monadnock Region depends on the success of our youngest citizens.

History

Impact Monadnock is the community-led impact initiative of Monadnock United Way dedicated to supporting the region’s young children and families.

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Impact Monadnock started as a working group of local residents, sponsored in part by Monadnock United Way and the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation. The first goal was to identify key drivers of change in the region – the issues most critical to our community’s future.

Impact Monadnock began by engaging outside experts to compile and analyze data on the Monadnock region, and to identify which issues would have the most impact on the future success of our community.

Two reports were issued, in two phases, on community well-being in the region. Both the Phase I and Phase II reports (see below) were in agreement that the future prosperity and success of our community is critically dependent on the welfare of its youngest citizens.

In other words, if we want a strong Monadnock region 10, 20 and 30 years from now, we need to start focusing NOW on the well-being of our young children and their families.

“Healthy children who live in a nurturing home, school, and community environment are more likely to achieve success in school and seek career opportunities after high school that contribute to economic growth.”
— “An Investment in Community Well-Being: Preparing Monadnock Area Children for the Future”

Key Research & Reports

PHASE I: Community Well-Being in the Monadnock Region

Phase I concluded with the report, Community Well-Being in the Monadnock Region. Identified in the report are the Monadnock Region’s greatest areas of need: educational attainment, economic opportunity and child welfare. The study was based on statewide benchmarks and carefully developed local data. Information in the Phase I report would guide a working group during Phase II.

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PHASE II: An Investment in Community Well-Being

A working group of local residents released a report documenting a unique and ambitious project aimed at driving major improvements in the social and economic welfare of southwestern New Hampshire.

The Phase II Report identifies a strategic framework for action:

  • Develop a set of principles to guide Phase III action
  • Backbone structures and functions
  • Continuous communication and collaboration
  • Intervention targets and strategies
  • Outcome indicators and a measurement platform

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Backbones & Merger

Using the Collective Impact model, Impact Monadnock was supported by two organizational “Backbones” — Monadnock United Way and Spark NH — from its inception in 2015 through July 2017.

In July 2017, Impact Monadnock merged with Monadnock United Way (MUW), becoming MUW’s signature impact initiative. The mission, vision and work of Impact Monadnock remain unchanged and will benefit from the additional staff support and resources of MUW. For more information about the merger, please read this August 2017 press release.

Spark NH continues to serve as an organizational “Backbone” to Impact Monadnock. Spark NH is the governor-appointed early childhood advisory council created to promote a comprehensive system of early childhood programs and services in New Hampshire. This relationship with Spark NH will support the alignment of Impact Monadnock and Monadnock United Way’s work with statewide efforts around early childhood.