United Way announces $3M prizes
by MDJ staff
October 02, 2013 11:57 PM | 1272 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
ATLANTA — United Way of Greater Atlanta announced Monday its $3 million Dare to Forget the Box! prizes that will support organizations in their efforts to solve the problems of homelessness, education and faltering incomes with fresh ideas.

The goal of United Way’s Dare to Forget the Box! prizes is to help organizations and partners address systemic issues in their communities. All submissions for the prize require three to five organizations to collaborate in solving an issue.

According to Milton J. Little Jr., president and CEO of United Way of Greater Atlanta, helping foster sustainable change in communities requires a collaborative approach.

“Our expectation is that the $3 million will generate creative approaches to developing and implementing sustainable efforts to drive community change,” Little said. “In addition, we hope the prizes will encourage further dialogue and collaboration as we continue working with our partner agencies to improve lives across our 13-county region.

“Repeatedly, studies have shown that where you live can impact your quality of life. We are committed to bridging the disparities gap in economic stability, access to health care and education outcomes that exist between the various zip codes.”

The Dare to Forget the Box! prizes are available at three different levels: one at $500,000; one at $300,000 and two at $100,000 each over the next three years.

United Way will fund integrated and boldly innovative programs that bring community organizations, businesses and the public/private sectors together to create community-level changes that address issues caused and exacerbated by poverty. These are the very issues that unnecessarily limit the educational attainment, income potential and the life expectancy of many people in Greater Atlanta.

To express your interest in submitting a proposal and to learn more about the Dare to Forget the Box! prizes, visit unitedwayatlanta.org/ftb. The deadline to indicate interest is Oct. 9. Completed proposals are due Nov. 15.
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