United Way’s Social Innovation Accelerator, which invests money and resources to promising social ventures, is getting a significant boost from its biggest supporter. Accenture, a global professional services company with more than 2,000 people in Dallas, is furthering its commitment to the program to help bring new solutions to complex problems in the areas of education, income and health in North Texas.
Accenture has committed an additional $250,000 to the Dallas-based social innovation program, and its business strategists and technologists will continue to mentor entrepreneurs in the program to help them build successful organizations and scale their solutions.
“At Accenture, we believe that, by uniting our passion for people, our technology expertise and a wide range of partners, we can create innovations that help address our community’s most pressing issues,” said Jorge Corral, Accenture’s Dallas office managing director. “We are honored to support and work side-by-side with United Way and local social pioneers to improve the lives of our fellow North Texans.”
Since 2017, Accenture has been the presenting sponsor of United Way of Metropolitan Dallas’ Social Innovation Accelerator. The company has played a pivotal role in helping grow the program with funding, mentorship and guidance to the social innovators. Accenture’s support is rooted in its belief that businesses have the opportunity and a responsibility to be a force for good in the world, using its impact and innovation expertise to help create more-inclusive societies that offer more opportunities to more people.
“Accenture’s partnership has been absolutely vital to the success of United Way’s Social Innovation Accelerator program, and we are thrilled by their strengthened support,” said Jennifer Sampson, McDermott-Templeton President and CEO, United Way of Metropolitan Dallas. “Together, we’re infusing innovative organizations with funding to strengthen education, income and health, putting opportunity into the hands of all North Texans.”
The 2018 DFW Innovation Study, led by United Way of Metropolitan Dallas, Accenture, Dallas Regional Chamber and Southern Methodist University, found that the region has an opportunity to be a leader in social innovation, with the community being one of the most generous and philanthropic in the country.
Already, the United Way Social Innovation Accelerator program has empowered 35 organizations and provided more than $2.7 million in seed funding since its inception in 2013.
The 2019 United Way Social Innovator of the Yeartitle was recently awarded to POETIC, which aims to reclaim the future for trafficked girls by building a pipeline out of the juvenile justice system and into intensive aftercare programming. The 2020 Class of Innovators features 10 organizations:
- Better Block Foundation– The Better Block is launching a workforce development program that teaches students how to use digital fabrication to reshape their communities while earning a living wage.
- Carson’s Village– Carson’s Village helps families navigate the challenging decisions they face after the sudden death of a loved one.
- EdCor Health– EdCor Health is working alongside a Southern Dallas community providing access to health and hope over decades of handcuffs that often plague disinvested communities of color.
- Habitat for Humanity of Collin County– Habitat for Humanity of Collin County will build a 35-unit townhome development for LMI (low-moderate income) families using shipping containers, which will provide a cost-effective, durable, sustainable, and eco-friendly solution to affordable housing in McKinney, Texas.
- Heart House– Heart House’s Calm Ambassadors Training & Consultancy, armed with more than 18 years of experience working with trauma-sensitive refugee children in Vickery Meadow, will provide the framework, curricula and on-the-ground support to partners who seek to employ its unique, culturally-relevant approach to their current work with children and families in crisis.
- Kids-U– Having served low-income students for 16 years with free afterschool tutoring and summer camp programs, Kids-U will now re-purpose thinking about out-of-school time programs to include Pre-K for students ages four and five, who otherwise would not attend a preschool program.
- Southern Dallas Link– Southern Dallas Link strives to be the link to a better way of life for the people of Dallas through transportation, job readiness, parenting programs, and more.
- The Futures Fund– The Futures Fund is a youth workforce development and STEAM empowerment program that trains high school students for the jobs of the future.
- The Home Visit Project– Because we know no significant learning can take place in the absence of a relationship, The Home Visit Project trains teachers to engage and partner with families to build authentic, trusting relationships through home visits to ensure every child is socially, emotionally, and academically successful.
- Trey Athletes– Trey empowers athletes to become lifelong leaders, unlocking their potential to serve as societal changemakers, representative role models, and influential voices for underserved communities.
In addition to the presenting sponsor, Accenture, United Way’s Social Innovation Accelerator program is made possible by Santander, Capital One Foundation, Moozie Family Foundation and Hoglund Foundation.