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Bringing Innovation into Play

Jon Brilliant | Posted 12.24.2015 | Business
Jon Brilliant

But what if the next place where innovation would spring from is not a physical place, but an entire segment of our economy? I'm talking about the non-profit sector.

Every Student Should Succeed Under the New Law -- Even Those Denied Special Education

Laurie Levy | Posted 12.08.2015 | Education
Laurie Levy

My personal belief is that making a profit in education is intrinsically wrong. If a program is great and saves money, shouldn't the children be the total beneficiaries of the profit? I'm sure there are many better uses for the money than paying large dividends to investors.

Why This Preschool Just Wrote Goldman Sachs A Check

The Huffington Post | Ben Walsh | Posted 10.08.2015 | Business

Goldman Sachs is getting a $267,000 check from an unlikely source: a United Way of Salt Lake public preschool program. The payment is the initial...

Failure as a Public Good

Ben Hecht | Posted 07.19.2015 | Impact
Ben Hecht

Last week, Jim Anderson of Bloomberg Philanthropies and Andrea Phillips of Goldman Sachs shared lessons from their investment in a social impact bond to reduce recidivism at Riker's Island.

Impact Investing: The New Frontier

Ranya Alkadamani | Posted 07.14.2015 | Business
Ranya Alkadamani

It might be the new buzz word of investing, but leading investment advisors say impact investing is here to stay and what's more: it's a model that everyone should be participating in.

What We Learned From the Nation's First Social Impact Bond

James Anderson | Posted 07.13.2015 | Impact
James Anderson

While we hoped this therapeutic program would have greater impact for youth, the social impact bond proved to be a highly useful tool.

Social Impact Bonds' Slippery Slope

Clara Miller | Posted 06.29.2015 | Money
Clara Miller

Social Impact Bonds (SIBs) as a vehicle for funding social change are gaining renewed momentum right now as U.S. Senators Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Michael Bennet (D- Colorado) have crafted legislation to appropriate $300 million for state and local social-impact bonds over 10 years.

Top 10 Highlights of 2014 in Ending Homelessness

Joel John Roberts | Posted 02.25.2015 | Impact
Joel John Roberts

For those of us fighting to end homelessness in America, the year of 2014 gives us hope that strategic ideas and initiatives are actually working, albeit slowly. Here are our top highlights of 2014.

Five Reasons to Prioritize Social Impact Investing

Carla Javits | Posted 12.13.2014 | Impact
Carla Javits

While international and domestic problems bombard us daily, strong signals indicate that a new kind of revolution is afoot that has the potential to open doors to people who have been left out of jobs, and the mainstream economy.

Making Government Smarter

Alex Wirth | Posted 11.22.2014 | Impact
Alex Wirth

Both The Social Innovation Fund and Social Impact Bonds view government not as a problem but as a convener leveraging outside resources, momentum, and energy to catalyze positive social change for America. Local and State governments should capitalize on these social financing mechanisms to solve their biggest challenges.

CSH & Denver Innovate to Help Vulnerable People

Deborah De Santis | Posted 09.01.2014 | Impact
Deborah De Santis

This past week, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock unveiled a new initiative in his city that could significantly alter the way communities provide affordab...

Social Impact Investment & Supportive Housing: A Promising Solution

Deborah De Santis | Posted 07.07.2014 | Impact
Deborah De Santis

Lack of upfront funding is often a barrier for an investment in supportive housing by state and local governments even though we know it offers a solution that both more efficiently uses limited resources and delivers improved outcomes, particularly for populations that are most costly to public systems.

Universities Can Help Solve World's Problems Through Social Innovation

Sonal Shah | Posted 10.28.2015 | Impact
Sonal Shah

Social innovation leverages the creativity, expertise and resources of business, civil society, academia and government to produce results and move the needle on serious social challenges.

Social Impact Bonds: A New Model to Reduce Blight

John Roman, Ph.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
John Roman, Ph.D.

SIBs are currently being used to invest in people, not places. But, for cities looking to innovate, SIBs may provide a promising model for funding reclamation of blighted areas cities inherit or want to develop.

The New Non-Profit

Simone N. Sneed | Posted 12.31.2013 | Impact
Simone N. Sneed

Adapting and applying market based strategies for the non-profit sector would allow non-profits to potentially generate enough income to stabilize their core administrative needs. This would allow them to utilize revenue.

Improving Social Services in an Era of Budget Cuts: Social Impact Bond Competition Gives Six States the Tools to Lead the Way

Kippy Joseph | Posted 08.12.2013 | Impact
Kippy Joseph

State and local governments deliver and fund many of the nation's most important social services -- educating our children, training our unemployed wo...

Is Betting on Ending Homelessness a Good Investment?

Joel John Roberts | Posted 11.24.2012 | Impact
Joel John Roberts

Buying Apple stock would be a better financial investment, but putting money towards ending street homelessness is undoubtedly a better social investment. I guess it's time to call my stock broker.

New York's Innovative Solution to Crime: Betting on Success

Inimai Chettiar | Posted 10.21.2012 | Politics
Inimai Chettiar

Our nation's costly prison complex incarcerates more people than any other country in the world. Re-aligning the incentives of our corrections departments is the only way toward achieving a system of justice that is worthy of that name.

Mayors Lead the Charge For Innovation

James Anderson | Posted 08.21.2012 | Impact
James Anderson

Mayors around the nation are working to meet increased demands with fewer and fewer resources, making the need for public-sector innovation more important than ever.

New Social Good Investments Pay Out...On 1 Condition

Reuters | Posted 10.08.2012 | Impact

NEW YORK, Aug 1 (Reuters) - Kim Hartke, who served 14 months in jail for stealing a car to pay for her addiction, turned her life around in part bec...

Beyond Boundaries: Collaborative Approaches to Social Protection

Jürgen Griesbeck | Posted 08.08.2012 | Impact
Jürgen Griesbeck

As social entrepreneurs we are in a unique position to explore creative new approaches -- going beyond what governments and businesses can do on their own.

Commercializing the Public Good

Mark Rosenman | Posted 08.08.2011 | Business
Mark Rosenman

We need a society in which our government and our people embrace responsibility for the common good and in which altruism and philanthropy are more a motivation in supporting charitable activity than in the profit-seeking greed of capital markets.

A Shot Heard 'Round the World? Social Impact Bonds Bring Social Innovation to the Bay State

Jonathan Greenblatt | Posted 07.09.2011 | Impact
Jonathan Greenblatt

SIBs represent the dawn of a new era, one that will accelerate the evolution of the Impact Economy.

Investing for Change: The Emergence of the Impact Economy

Jonathan Greenblatt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Jonathan Greenblatt

2011 could be an inflection point in the Capitol. New leadership in Congress. New staff at the White House. Perhaps even a new era of bipartisanship forged out of the tragedy in Arizona.