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  • Posted on May 20, 2015

    As one of the first wave of federal Pay for Success (PFS) grantees, Third Sector Capital Partners prides itself on going the extra mile to support programs that help at-risk youth and young adults secure a living wage and the employment skills to gain self-sufficiency.

    With a $1.9 million grant from the Social Innovation Fund (SIF) in 2014, the Boston-based advisory firm is strengthening the ability of local governments and service providers to implement PFS, a new way of focusing on outcomes. Under a PFS-financed project, the government leverages philanthropic and private dollars so that government pays only after service providers generate tangible results.

    Through its federal award Third Sector is offering technical assistance to seven subrecipients across workforce development, education and social services, working with these agencies to develop their own capacity to implement PFS.

    But in addition to technical assistance, Third Sector is taking innovative steps to promote success of these efforts. Unique among the 2014 SIF PFS grantees, Third Sector is requiring subrecipients to provide matching funds so that these agencies also have a stake in developing effective pay-for-performance models.

    “It’s important for these agencies to have skin in the game,” said Tim Pennell, Third Sector associate director. The cash match may be small – a minimum of $25,000 – but it provides ample evidence of the organization’s commitment to the PFS concept.

    “It means they are putting...

  • Posted on Aug 17, 2009
    Student Alejandro Gonzalez at San Antonio College in San Antonio, Texas, presents his Domestic Violence Awareness Month poster to the Task Force Against Domestic Violence and Capitol One Bank.
  • Posted on Aug 17, 2009
    In Little Rock, Arkansas, on July 20, 2009, about 150 junior and senior high school students, many of them from nearby Pine Bluff, attended a day-long summit to discuss the importance of public service and education.
  • Posted on Aug 17, 2009
    In 2008, Dr. Angela, assistant clinical professor at the UCLA Department of Family Medicine, began a community health program at Korean Resource Center (KRC) with a group of Korean American medical students. Monthly clinics are held that provide individual consultations to low-income uninsured Korean Americans, many of whom have been diagnosed with illnesses.
  • Posted on Aug 17, 2009
    World-wide youth joined New York City community members for invasive weeding and park repair. On Saturday, July 18, volunteers from Goldman Sachs and more than 130 volunteers from The UN Foundation’s second annual Youth Leadership Summit gathered to assist the New York Restoration Project (NYRP) with the reparation of northern Manhattan’s 119-acre Highbridge Park.
  • Posted on Aug 17, 2009
    70 percent of the work at the Gaining Ground organic farm in the historic Concord, Mass., is completed by volunteers. In fact, volunteers of all ages, abilities and backgrounds harvest approximately 20,000 lbs. of organic produce at the farm each growing season.
  • Posted on Aug 14, 2009
  • Posted on Aug 14, 2009
    Hunger is a serious and on-going problem for senior citizens and families in Stark County, Ohio. According to the American Community survey, the poverty rate in Ohio is 13% and the National Center for Children in Poverty found that 16% of Ohio’s children are living in poverty. The Ohio Association of Second Harvest Food Banks reported that in any given week 207,700 different Ohioan’s receive emergency food assistance, 35% of those are children under 18 and one in ten are age 5 or under. 9% of these are seniors, many of whom live on fixed incomes.
  • Posted on Aug 14, 2009
    Working as a crossing guard, being a wife and mothering 4 school age children, heading a parent group, and running a volunteer study group throughout the school year for the past 2 years has been a challenging yet rewarding experience.
  • Posted on Aug 14, 2009
    I am a fulltime employee of the Flathead National Forest. I have been a volunteer firefighter/EMT for 24 years with the Whitefish, MT Fire Department.
  • Posted on Aug 13, 2009
    An Air Force veteran, Angel Nuñez has been passionate about service all his life. He has always made time to give back to his country and causes he feels are important or his community. “Volunteering gives me a sense of satisfaction,” says Nuñez. “It gives you a natural lift.” When he heard that his current employer, CommuniCare Health Centers a non-profit organization was starting a volunteer program, he was eager to sign up and excited about the impact it could have on his community.

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