Contributions collected by the United Way of America in the next decade will go in part to the organization's new goal of halving the country's high-school dropout rates. "The country is at a crossroads right now," said United Way President-CEO Brian A. Gallagher. "I've never felt a time in my career where there's this combination of enough pain, feeling of a lack of progress, feeling like we've stalled, combined with a next generation of leadership demanding change."

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