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FOMIN | Posted 07.14.2016 | Impact

By Elizabeth Boggs Davidsen Elizabeth Boggs Davidsen is acting chief of the Multilateral Investment Fund's Knowledge Economy Unit, which seeks to cu...

Why The Nonprofit Sector Needs Predictive Data

Jason Saul | Posted 06.29.2016 | Impact
Jason Saul

In the nonprofit and public sector we invest first, and then measure to see what we got. That may be a key reason why we aren't making as much progress as we could be. Predicting the success of social programs before we fund them holds great promise for the future of social impact

The Nod to Wall Street Buried Deep In Paul Ryan's 'Anti-Poverty' Plan

Donald Cohen | Posted 06.20.2016 | Politics
Donald Cohen

House Speaker Paul Ryan released a new "anti-poverty" plan last week that would only make it tougher for poor and working families to get by. As expected, the plan cuts from public programs that help low- and moderate-income Americans, while protecting tax cuts for the very wealthy.

10 Government Innovations and Their Place in the Hype Cycle

Danny Buerkli | Posted 05.18.2016 | Impact
Danny Buerkli

The Hype Cycle, created by Gartner, provides a helpful and entertaining way to map how a technology develops from conception to maturity to adoption. ...

"Pray" for Success: How to Take the Guesswork Out of Social Finance

Jason Saul | Posted 05.12.2016 | Impact
Jason Saul

We believe that the future of SIBs and social finance is brighter than ever. But if we are to create a true social capital market, we must be more rigorous, intentional and outcomes-driven than the current approaches.

How Britain Turned Charity Into Big Business

Apolitical | Posted 04.01.2016 | Politics

'Pay for success', 'social impact bonds', 'social investment' - these terms have started popping up in governments all around the globe, determining who provides healthcare, education and social services - and who pays for them.

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 retu...

Failure as a Public Good

Ben Hecht | Posted 07.16.2016 | 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 07.14.2016 | 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 07.02.2016 | 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 02.09.2016 | 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.