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Target, United Way And Strive Announce Education Partnership

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Organizations join forces to improve education and put more children on the path to graduation

ALEXANDRIA, Va., Sept. 25, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, at Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), Strive, United Way and Target Corp. (NYSE: TGT) announced a partnership to tackle America's education challenges. The collaboration will build on the successful Strive framework for building civic infrastructure, the community strength of United Way, and Target's commitment to education, to help more children graduate from high school and college. The $1 million investment from Target will enable Strive and United Way to help communities move beyond traditional collaboration by mobilizing partners around strategies that improve student outcomes, such as kindergarten readiness, standardized test results, and college retention rates.


"This partnership has tremendous potential to impact the lives of children all across the country," said Jeff Edmondson, Managing Director of Strive. "The lessons learned from these six communities will directly influence the nearly 1,200 United Ways nationwide that are bringing together local partners to address problems that impact us all."

Through this partnership, Strive, United Way and Target will bring nonprofits, businesses, and the public together around a common agenda in each community. As part of the collaboration, each of the three organizations will leverage their unique strengths:

  • Strive will bring its proven approach to aligning cross-sector partners to achieve results. This includes bringing experience from work at their flagship site in Cincinnati and lessons from 90 other sites across the country, to provide technical assistance and strategic support to the participating United Way members.
  • United Way Worldwide will tap its extensive network, including local United Way members, to bring together community leaders, partners, education experts and more to set shared goals, as well as mobilize data, donors, volunteers and advocates.
  • Target will fund the partnership with Strive and United Way Worldwide with a $1 million investment. Additionally, Target will provide guidance on how to best use data to inform decisions, advocate nationally, and leverage local volunteers.

"We believe in creating opportunities for a better life for all people," said Stacey D. Stewart, U.S. President, United Way Worldwide. "This partnership with Strive and Target demonstrates how United Ways across the country are bringing partners and communities together to ensure every child has access to a good education and can graduate on time and have the best chance at a successful future."

Target's investment in Strive and United Way Worldwide is part of the company's $1 billion commitment to education by the end of 2015.

"Target is committed to address our country's education challenges to ensure all children have access to quality learning, but we can't do it alone," said Laysha Ward, president, community relations, Target. "Target's partnership with Strive and United Way will allow us to generate greater momentum to tackle education problems, creating a meaningful impact for students across the nation."

Beginning in October, United Way Worldwide and Strive will engage the selected communities in intensive coaching and ongoing support. The ultimate goal of this work is to ensure that every child succeeds, from cradle to career.

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