Collective Impact


Raise DC uses the collective impact model to improve educational outcomes for the District's children and youth. Collective impact is based on the premise that, in order to achieve large-scale change throughout the educational continuum, actors across sectors must work together and collaborate on policies for a child to succeed along the continuum at every stage, from cradle to career.

 A successful approach to collective impact rests on four pillars:

  • Shared Community Vision: All participants have a shared vision for change, as well as a common understanding of the problem and how they will work collectively to solve it.

  • Evidence-Based Decision-Making: Partnerships make decisions based on local data that shows areas of need and promising practices that are already working for children and youth.

  • Collaborative Action: Community members come together to use data to collectively move outcomes.

  • Investment and Sustainability: Partnerships initiate or redirect resources (time, talent, and treasure) toward data-based practices on an ongoing basis and engage the community to ensure long-term sustainability.


Raise DC is a member of the StriveTogether Partnership – a network of 70+ communities that are using the collective impact model to improve educational outcomes with a cradle-to-career approach. Raise DC has been recognized as one of Strive’s “Sustaining” Partnerships.


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The Greater Washington Community Foundation serves as Raise DC's fiscal sponsor, providing back-office support and physical & personnel resources. The Greater Washington Community Foundation's president serves on Raise DC's Leadership Council