Diverse Organizations Coming Together to Solve a Complex Social Problem


Collective Impact fundamentally changes the way community partners work together by focusing on intentional, measurable collaboration.

The five conditions of Collective Impact are:

  • shared understanding of the work (common agenda);
  • common progress measures (shared measurement plan);
  • coordinated plan of strategies/activities (mutually reinforcing activities);
  • communication plan between partners (continuous communication);
  • and supporting infrastructure of staff or a central organization (backbone support).

Learn more about Collective Impact.

Elevate is a community partnership of diverse, cross-sector members working collaboratively and leveraging resources in order to strengthen the educational pipeline, from cradle through career. The partnership’s goals are outlined in the Common Agenda, and our work is guided by shared values.





Elevate acts as a catalyst for change, working to eliminate barriers to student success and build better alignment across the educational continuum within our region, which includes Columbia and Walla Walla counties and the Milton-Freewater area.  We believe that educational attainment is a shared responsibility of the entire community.


To build a strong educational pipeline that recognizes and fosters the talents of all students from cradle through career.


  1. Build a culture that values and supports investments in educational attainment.
  1. Establish practices that embrace diversity, build equity and support inclusiveness for all members of our community.
  1. Collaborate to leverage resources for maximum impact.



We believe in the power of education to inspire individuals, create opportunities, and strengthen communities.

We believe sustainable change is possible when all stakeholders are meaningfully involved. We are committed to pursuing new ideas that support locally-relevant ways to improve educational opportunities and outcomes. 

We are committed to identifying and removing barriers to educational attainment for all populations.

We believe in collaboration and are committed to aligning goals and leveraging resources across our region so that all students have access to high quality education. 

We are committed to supporting all students from cradle through career and believe that learning is a lifelong pursuit. 

Students and families are at the center of all that we do.  Our decisions are guided by their input and experience. 

We are committed to using data to set goals and evaluate our progress.


Connect with Us

Contact us to learn more about the Elevate initiative, getting involved 


United Way of the Blue Mountains
112 South First Ave
Walla Walla, WA 99362



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