Measuring Impact

Making a Difference for Families in Need

United Way for Greater Austin drives impact by partnering with and investing in efforts to address the immediate needs of families in poverty while also leading efforts to address long-term community change. And it’s working.

Watch one success story, of thousands.

2020-21 Annual Report

Photo of annual impact report cover

As you read this annual report, know that you can make a difference. Even better: We can make a difference.

Together with our donors and supporters, here are some of the things we accomplished in the past year.

Strategic work in education,
health, and financial stability

$ 999
invested into the community
children, families, and individuals impacted

COVID-19 Relief

$ 999
invested into the community
people impacted

2020 Census Outreach

$ 999
invested into the community
people impacted

requests for help answered


volunteers provided


hours of service

Partnered with more than 4,000 donors and 30 community organizations

Launched a pilot with Lyft to provide more than 2,500 free rides to 2-1-1 callers in need of transportation assistance to access community services

Founded Early Matters Greater Austin, a coalition of business leaders who champion family-friendly workplaces, influence public policy, and advance innovation to improve early childhood outcomes

Launched Family Connects Texas, an initiative that offers free nurse home visits to families in Austin/Travis County with a newborn

Created and launched a community-wide 2-Gen strategic plan, promoting an approach to social services which serves parents and children simultaneously and leads to better financial outcomes for both generations

Developed a new five-year community-wide Success By 6 strategic plan, to help ensure every child born in Austin/Travis County receives the support and care they need to enter Kindergarten ready to learn and succeed

Driving Impact with Data

To effectively tell the story of our community, we need to know the families living in Greater Austin and the issues they face each day. To know what is working and having a real impact in our community, we track impact data.

When we share what we know with the community, we are providing our partners with powerful tools. In our role as a community leader, we gather, analyze, and report out critical data about our shared community – telling the story of our community and its needs.

Community Needs and Trends Report

A compilation of 2-1-1 caller data and feedback. The report illustrates the real demands for health and human services in our region.

Research Partnerships

University of Texas research partnerships resulting in pre-Kindergarten impact measurements and 2-Gen needs assessments.

Good Measure

A Mission Capital-led group founded by Andy Roddick Foundation, Applied Materials Foundation, Central Texas Summer STEM Funder Collaborative, Michael and Susan Dell Foundation, St. David’s Foundation, and United Way for Greater Austin.

This collaborative focuses on providing nonprofits with the training, resources, and tools they need to collect and analyze data in order to better understand their impact.

Join us. Let’s do this the United Way.

Together, we are building a community where every child enters Kindergarten ready to learn and thrive, every person connects with community resources promoting health, and all families are financially stable.