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United Way launches new 'prize' program

The United Way of Greater Atlanta has announced its $3 million Dare to Forget the Box! prizes, which will support organizations in their efforts to solve community problems with fresh ideas.

The goal of the prizes is to help organizations and partners address the systemic issues in their communities. All submissions for the prize require three to five organizations to collaborate in solving an issue.

“Our expectation is that the $3 million will generate creative approaches to developing and implementing sustainable efforts to drive community change,” said Milton J. Little, Jr., president and CEO of United Way of Greater Atlanta. “In addition, we hope the prizes will encourage further dialogue and collaboration as we continue working with our partner agencies to improve lives across our 13-county region.

“Repeatedly, studies have shown that where you live can impact your quality of life. We are committed to bridging the disparities gap in economic stability, access to health care and education outcomes that exist between the various zip codes, because your zip code may determine where you live and how you live, but it shouldn’t determine how long you live.”

The Dare to Forget the Box! prizes are available at three different levels: $500,000, $300,000 and $100,000.

To express interest in submitting a proposal and to learn more about the Dare to Forget the Box! prizes, visit www.unitedwayatlanta.org/ftb. The deadline to indicate interest is Oct. 9, 2013. Completed proposals are due Nov. 15.