AskDefine | Define outreach

Dictionary Definition

outreach n : the act of reaching out; "the outreach toward truth of the human spirit"

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. The act of reaching out to another.
  2. extent or length
  3. The act or practice of visiting and providing the services (of a charity or other organisation) to people who might not otherwise have access to those services.



act of reaching out to another
extent or length
practice of visiting and providing services of an organisation to people


  1. To reach further than.
  2. To surpass or to exceed.
  3. To reach out.
  4. To go too far.



reach out
go too far
reach further than
surpass, exceed See exceed

Extensive Definition

Outreach is an effort by individuals in an organization or group to connect its ideas or practices to the efforts of other organizations, groups, specific audiences or the general public. Unlike marketing, outreach does not inherently revolve around a product or strategies to increase market share. Typically non-profits, civic groups, and churches engage in outreach.
Outreach often takes on an educational component (i.e., the dissemination of ideas), but it is increasingly common for organizations to conceive of their outreach strategy as a two-way street in which outreach is framed as engagement rather than solely dissemination or education.
Outreach strategies are linked to the organization's mission, and define targets, goals, and milestones.
Dick Tizard of Cambridge University was an early pioneer of outreach to increase the number of students from schools that did not traditionally send their pupils to Cambridge.
outreach in Japanese: アウトリーチ

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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