Community Needs and Civic Action

What is Collective Impact?

Collective Impact (CI) occurs when organizations from different sectors agree to solve a specific social problem using a common agenda, aligning their efforts, and using common measures of success. 

CI is an approach communities are using across North America to move the needle on complex problems. It is a paradigm shift from what we think of as collaboration between agencies, since it engages all sectors of the wider community (business, government, non-profits, and those who experience the problem being addressed – called “context experts”) to address a problem in a comprehensive way. Organizations across our local community are now engaging in initiatives, some nascent, some more established, using a Collective Impact approach, addressing a wide range of community issues. 

Collective Impact focus areas include:

  • Educating and Supporting Our Most Valuable Resource, Children
  • Eliminating Structural Poverty and Racism
  • Growing a Food System that Works for Everyone
  • Reducing Waste
  • Promoting Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
  • Building a Transportation System that works for Everyone
  • Protecting the Environment
  • Housing Dignity
  • Promoting Everyone's Health
  • Strengthening the Local Economy
  • Supporting Grassroots Leadership and Youth
  • Planning

For more information about the broader concept:

FSG: Reimagining Social Change 

For more information about Collective Impact efforts in the Tompkins County region:

May 2014 Building Bridges Community Forum

For current updates regarding the Collective Impact efforts in the Tompkins County region:

Building Bridges Network Newsletters