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Role We Play: Innovator


Through collaboration with nonprofit partners, businesses and donors, we create new solutions that drive positive, lasting change.

Our Impact

I get to explore the health care field, and to learn about the possibilities within this area.

I got hired, and I learned working for Appetite for Change isn’t just a job – it’s setting you up for real life.

Nourishing Community: Equitable and Just Community Food Systems

Big Challenges Require Big Ideas

Through intentional ongoing collaboration, we deliver innovative ways to solve community challenges, informed answers through data and technology, and scalable solutions built upon proven initiatives.


We listen as experts in convening community and believe deliberate conversations with our nonprofit partners, the community and donors lead to innovation.


We co-create and test emerging ideas and strategies with our nonprofit partners.

Create Change

We amplify and scale promising strategies that drive results, impact change and significantly disrupt inequities by income, race or place.

“We have to push beyond the status quo, listen to those most impacted by inequities and invest in truly transformative answers to the question: How do we create a community where all thrive?”

– Stephannie L. Lewis, Associate Vice President, Community Impact

How We Show Up as Innovators


80×3 supports early childhood caregivers and families to ensure that all children have quality care in their first three years.

Volunteers tour Full Lives program garden

Full Lives

Full Lives takes a community-driven, place-based approach to improving local food systems.

Mechanic working on vehicle

Career Academies

Career Academies prepares high school students for in-demand, high-wage careers through real-world experiences and training.

Youth on a soccer field

Past Innovation Initiatives

Over the years we’ve piloted and led a range of innovative programs that have shaped the way nonprofit organizations and public systems serve the community. These programs have included Propel SEL, Healthy Communities, Fun, Fly & Fit, and Screen @ 3.

Fuel Innovation that Drives Lasting Change

We can’t do this work without the support of changemakers like you. Donate to help us fund innovative solutions or share your ideas for how we can fuel lasting change that impacts our community for generations.

Events and Updates

“Step Zero” to Opportunity: Why Housing Matters

“Step Zero” to Opportunity: Why Housing Matters

January 19, 2023
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Greater Twin Cities United Way Unveils Policy and Advocacy Agenda for 2023 State Legislative Session

December 19, 2022
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United Way’s 2023 Policy Priorities and Advocacy Agenda

United Way’s 2023 Policy Priorities and Advocacy Agenda

December 19, 2022
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