2015 Impact Exchange


Join us Tuesday, October 20 - Thursday, October 22, 2015 in Alexandria, Virginia, for the United Way Impact Exchange: Mobilizing a Movement for Community Change. Designed for United Way Community Impact leaders, this three day event will provide innovative approaches to move the needle on critical community issues, encouraging alignment of United Way functional areas to grow revenue and to create impact. New tools and learning sessions will be presented to support United Way impact practices, offering guidance on authentically engaging your community, using data to deliver on community results, thinking beyond “program” to “scale” and engaging individuals in effective impact strategies.

During this conference, attendees will:

  • Explore proven strategies to accelerate their impact work in education, income and health.
  • Receive strategies to effectively collaborate with their Resource Development and Marketing/Communication teams to strengthen performance, effectively grow revenue and create impact.
  • Receive valuable guidance from national thought leaders to address the challenges to driving education, income and health results.
  • Network with colleagues to share effective practice and practical lessons that yield community-level results.

Please note: This conference is open to all Community Impact staff.

Click here to view the United Way Impact Exchange Advisory Committee.


Early registration fee: $695
Regular registration fee: $795

Early registration ends Friday, September 25. Click here to register.


The conference will take place at the Crowne Plaza Hotel & Resorts in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia. Click here to receive the special United Way hotel discount rate.


A pdf version of the Program Guide can be found here.


Please review the following resources prior to the attending conference:

Community Impact Critical Pathway
Outlines the dimensions of United Way community impact work and a pathway of practices within them toward greater impact. It will be used as an assessment tool to guide the discussion in the peer networking sessions on Wednesday, October 21. Before you come to the Exchange, identify where your United Way lies on this critical path to better engage in substantive conversations with your peers on successes and challenges as you strive to move from level to level.

What Barriers? Insights from Solving Problems through Cross-Sector Partnerships
This resource from Living Cities includes a framework for understanding a cross-sector partnership’s component traits and provides support for better understanding of whether the pieces fit together in a way that will enable the partnership to achieve its goals. Find within this report areas that you think could improve the effectiveness of partnerships with which you are involved. These reflections will be used in the final planning session on Thursday, October 22.


8:00-8:30am - Welcome and Introduction
8:30-10:30pm - General Session
10:30-11:00am - Peer Learning Exchange Presentations
12:15-1:45pm - Lunch and General Session
2:00-2:45pm - General Session
3:00-5:15pm - General Session
6:00-7:00pm - Welcome Reception, dinner on your own

8:30-10:00am - General Session
10:15-12:00pm - Peer Learning Exchanges
12:15-1:30pm - Lunch and General Session
1:45-3:15pm - Networking Sessions
3:45-5:00pm - Peer Learning Exchanges

8:00-9:15am - General Session
9:30-11:00 - General Session
11:30-5:00pm - White House Briefing (optional)

Click here to view the Program-at-a-Glance.


On Thursday, October 22, there will be an optional Community Leaders briefing at the White House immediately following our closing session. This is a special opportunity to hear from leaders in the Administration about issues and programs related to education, income and health and the community impact approach to driving impact in your communities. The additional cost to attend this event is $75 and does include transportation. Closer to October, the White House will reach out to those registered for required security information. For additional questions about the Community Leaders Briefing, please contact Thomasin Franken, Manager, U.S. Impact and Partnerships at thomasin.franken@uww.unitedway.org.


Ellen Galinsky, President and Co-Founder of Families and Work Institute (FWI), helped establish the field of work and family life during the time she was at Bank Street College of Education, where she was on the faculty for 25 years. Her more than 100 books and reports include the best-selling Mind in the Making: The Seven Essential Life Skills Every Child Needs, Ask The Children, and the now classic The Six Stages of Parenthood. She has published over 300 articles in journals, books and magazines. Click here to read full biography.

Brian Gallagher, became President and Chief Executive Officer of United Way of America in 2002 and then of United Way Worldwide in 2009. In 2002, he immediately took on the challenge of leading the transformation of the organization to focus on community impact. A career veteran of the United Way system, Gallagher believes that the true measure of success for United Way and other philanthropic organizations is bottom-line results: the lives that are changed and the communities that are shaped. This represents a dynamic shift from the United Way recognized for decades as the nation’s premier fund raiser and distributor. Gallagher has raised the bar on the accountability, governance and transparency standards adopted as a requirement of membership for all United Ways. Today, United Way has 1,800 local affiliates in 41 countries and territories raising $5.2 billion annually, with 9.6 million donors and 2.2 million volunteers. Follow Brian on Twitter

Darrin Goss, President and CEO of Capital Area United Way. Goss joined Capital Area United Way after serving as Vice President, Community Impact for United Way of Greenville County in South Carolina. Click here to read full biography.

Ben Hecht, President & Chief Executive Officer, Living Cities. Click here to read full biography.

Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III is the Senior Pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, IL. A leading progressive Christian activist and cultural critic, Dr. Moss is a Jazz influenced Pastor with a Hip Hop vibe. Click here to read full biography.

Steve Pemberton, Fortune 50 Executive, Author of “A Chance in the World” & Voice of Change for Youth. Click here to read full biography.

Stacey Stewart, U.S. President of United Way Worldwide, drives the strategic direction for United Way in the U.S., working with leaders throughout the United Way network to drive community impact in the areas of education, income and health. Stewart also works to protect and enhance the organization’s brand and reputation. Prior to this appointment, Stewart was Executive Vice President, Community Impact Leadership and Learning at United Way Worldwide. Before joining United Way, Stewart was with Fannie Mae where she was Chief Diversity Officer and Senior Vice President for the Office of Community and Charitable Giving. Prior to that appointment, Stewart was President and Chief Executive Officer for the Fannie Mae Foundation. Follow Stacey on Twitter

Click here to view all general session descriptions.


All learning sessions will occur on Day 2 (Wednesday, October 21) of the conference. Click here to view all learning session descriptions.

Networking Session: Please click here for more information.


Flex credits are available to use for the United Way Impact Institute for the following items:

  • Registration fees (volunteers qualify if a United Way staff person is attending the same learning opportunity or conference)
  • Some travel costs such as airfare, rental car, or mileage (only one form of travel reimbursement, rental car, mileage, or airfare is allowed with a maximum of $500 per trip)
  • Daily per diem – a combination of the hotel room rate, plus taxes and any meal not included during a learning opportunity

Please click here to access your United Way flexible credit balance. If you choose to use Flex Credits to pay for this event, when you get to the payment screen while registering, choose “Flex Credits” from the drop-down payment box. You will need to enter your organization number in the box provided if you choose the flex credit payment option.


Did you miss our Get Excited about the Exchange! webinar? Don't worry, we recorded it for you! This webinar about the Impact Exchange previews exciting content, answers your questions and explains how the Impact Exchange can benefit your community impact work locally as well as to promote results across the network. Hear from Impact leaders from local United Ways, who discuss why the Impact Exchange is important to them. Don't miss this opportunity to learn more about the Impact Exchange before early registration ends September 25th! Click here to watch the recorded webinar.


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