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Social Innovation Fund

Keeping Education Connected to National Service

Wendy Spencer | Posted 08.05.2015 | Impact
Wendy Spencer

With the help of national service, volunteerism, and social innovation, students are getting the extra boost they need to succeed in school and beyond.

Social Innovation Fund Transforming Accountability

Deborah De Santis | Posted 04.11.2015 | Impact
Deborah De Santis

The Social Innovation Fund of the Corporation for National and Community Service is transforming how we approach society's challenges, measure outcomes and hold providers accountable when they use public and private resources.

Fund What Works!

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 04.07.2015 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

President Obama's recently released budget may or may not make its way into law, but it has already made its way into the hearts of those who believe that government programs must be held to account for producing the outcomes they are intended to produce. Red or blue, everyone should want government dollars to make a difference.

Philanthropy for a New Age: Predictions From the 1999 White House Conference

Shirley Sagawa | Posted 12.23.2014 | Impact
Shirley Sagawa

Fifteen years ago this week, philanthropists and other leaders gathered in the White House -- and thousands more watched at sites across the country -- to explore the future of charitable giving in the new Millennium.

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.

Invest in What Works

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 01.23.2013 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

Wise use of federal resources is not a Democratic or Republican issue. It is a moral imperative, both in the bond of trust between taxpayers and government and in ensuring effective services to vulnerable young people.

Presidential Approaches to Expanded Learning

Tiffany Cooper Gueye | Posted 11.02.2012 | Education
Tiffany Cooper Gueye

From the Oval Office to the principal's office, leaders have worked for years to develop these partnerships in a concerted effort to close the achievement gap. Our recent experience suggests that some approaches are more effective than others.

The Obama Administration's Social Innovation Fund: An In-depth Interview with Director Paul Carttar

Rahim Kanani | Posted 01.03.2012 | Impact
Rahim Kanani

This is part one of a two-part interview. Part two can be found here. Recently, I interviewed Paul Carttar, Director of the Social Innovation Fund--a...

Revamping Sex Education: A New Approach to the Birds and the Bees

Richard Buery | Posted 12.06.2011 | New York
Richard Buery

New York City should consider a more comprehensive initiative that takes into account all aspects of a young person's growth and development, not solely strategies associated with understanding and reducing sexual risk-taking.

Patrick Corvington Out As CNCS CEO: Who's Next?

Robert J. Rosenthal | Posted 07.11.2011 | Impact
Robert J. Rosenthal

After a little more than a year on the job, Patrick Corvington, the new CEO of CNCS, is resigning soon to take an "opportunity in the nonprofit community."