The population of Tarrant County has grown by 25% since 2000, with the City of Fort Worth having the highest population growth in the entire United States (2000-2013). But this growth has also increased specific challenges in our community, across all demographics and backgrounds. At United Way of Tarrant County, we know that community stability in the areas of Education, Income and Health is key to quality of life. So, we help people by investing in evidence-based programs in these areas that deliver measurable results. We heavily invest in time-proven, outcome-based, long-term programs and strategies. However, we recognize that there are new and innovative ideas out there that need a little nurturing to grow.
The social challenges our community faces – violence (both neighborhood and domestic); poverty; access to affordable housing; aging population – are all incredibly complex and interrelated. These are not single, isolated issues and there are no single, easy solutions.
United Way of Tarrant County’s new social innovation fund has the primary purpose of making significant changes in key community issues by working with a cross-sector of people, organizations, non-profits, for-profits and entrepreneurs to solve problems!
KERNEL was established in 2016 in response to investors seeking creative solutions to Tarrant County’s education, income and health issues. KERNEL exists to encourage new approaches and strategies to find solutions to these social challenges in our community.
UWTC will continue to do what we do best – partner with investors, agencies and volunteers to address social challenges in Tarrant County. KERNEL will add an innovative component to our work, providing resources and support for people and organizations that have great ideas, ideas that could truly prove to be world-changing.