It’s All About Collective Impact
The Bold Goals Coalition of Central Alabama (BGCCA) was founded on the principle of collaboration and collective impact — the theory that social change can happen more quickly and effectively when a group of important actors from different sectors come together around a common agenda for solving a specific social problem (see Kania and Kramer, Collective Impact, SSRI, Winter, 2011). Read the entire article.
Working Together To Achieve Bold Goals
The Bold Goals Coalition is a community-based initiative to align efforts aimed at addressing disparities in education, health and financial stability in the Central Alabama region (consisting of Blount, Jefferson, Shelby, St. Clair and Walker counties). Impact-area workgroups are made up of key regional leaders from businesses, non-profits, government and education systems. These workgroups are committed to fostering change by examining root causes, establishing common, measurable goals and aligning current efforts. This collective impact process encourages collaboration and looks at an “upstream” approach in order to make a greater impact in our community.
The idea behind the Bold Goals Coalition began to evolve when leadership from various sectors wanted to see a bigger impact being made in our community. After gathering input from a wide range of local leaders, it was determined that there was a strong interest in forming a collective-impact coalition and that United Way of Central Alabama (UWCA) was the best-equipped organization to assemble interested parties and provide administrative support.
The first step was to establish a roundtable of community stakeholders and task them with identifying the areas of greatest need within our region. They agreed that addressing the areas of education, health and financial stability would have the greatest impact on our community. The second step was to invite leaders from all sectors to join the impact-area workgroup that best suited their expertise. Together, these workgroups then formed the BGCCA. Download the Bold Goals Coalition of Central Alabama printable brochure and charter.
The Bold Goals Coalition relies on a council of executives, administrators and public officials for overall guidance and oversight. These individuals have dedicated their time and expertise to the improvement of Central Alabama. Click here to find out more about these invaluable leaders.
The Bold Goals Coalition is made up of organizations from all sectors who share a vision of a thriving, vibrant Central Alabama where everyone has equal access to a high quality of life. The organizations listed here are currently involved in at least one of the Bold Goals impact-area workgroups.
The Coalition also receives extensive backbone support from the following agencies: