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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 Jul 28, 2009
    What happens when a small-town Montana boy grows up and enlists in the U.S. Air Force? He becomes a Big Brother, of course! Stationed near Belleville, Illinois at Scott Air Force Base, First Lieutenant Cody H. is the Chief Information Officer for the 375th Medical Group. Cody's day job has him checking up on the base's medical information systems to make sure the network is operational.
  • Posted on Jul 28, 2009
    Hello. My name is Janna and I am the Founder and CEO of Solano Green Alliance. I am an Employment Resource Specialist by trade and have worked helping the poor since 1996. Along with my disabled husband, I Founded Solano Green Alliance to build more Pathways out of Poverty for Women, People of Color and Low Income People. We began our efforts January 22, 2009 in Vallejo, California, which is a bankrupt City in Solano County. We based our effort on Van Jones' concepts from his book, "The Green Collar Economy: How One Solution Can Fix Our Two Biggest Problems."
  • Posted on Jul 28, 2009
    In January 2009, I began my year of Americorps service through Hands On Gulf Coast. As an Art Outreach Specialist with the Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art, I have worked with hundreds of children in three counties along the Mississippi Gulf Coast.
  • Posted on Jul 28, 2009
    I have recently been volunteering at a local nursing home. It is the one my husband stayed in prior to his death last year. I find that I have enjoyed being with and socializing with the seniors there, as i am a senior myself.
  • Posted on Jul 27, 2009
    I shall never forget a little girl named Sabrina. Her hair was fly-away dish-water blonde and framed her narrow face, thin lips, pointy chin and blue eyes. Thin and gangly, she made a perfect target for numerous taunts and teasing from other children. She was also very disruptive in class. She was defiant of the teacher, aggressive to other children and rude. It seemed she didn’t want to learn. She needed help!
  • Posted on Jul 27, 2009
    Darius was born with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD), a genetic disorder that claimed the life of his older brother. Knowing the rest of his life would be spent in a wheelchair, at 15 Darius left his home for the first time on a cross-country road trip. Darius and his best friends drove from small-town Georgia to California, hoping to convince MTV to “pimp his ride,” his wheelchair that is.
  • Posted on Jul 27, 2009
    Armed with fierce determination and dozens of canoes and kayaks, volunteers continued the massive effort to eradicate the aquatic invasive plant water chestnut from Mill Pond at the Oyster Bay National Wildlife Refuge, New York on Wednesday, July 8th 2009.
  • Posted on Jul 27, 2009
    In February of 2007, my concept of the Red Cross was forever changed. I am a small town worker from Richland Center, Wisconsin. I had just finished removing the last tray of spice cookies from the oven when I realized that the smell of smoke was overcoming the sweet scent of cinnamon and nutmeg. I soon discovered the laundry room was billowing with dense black smoke. By the time I had picked up my essential belongings and rushed out the door, the flames were visible from the road.
  • Posted on Jul 27, 2009
    Grand County, Utah is in Rural South East Utah with a population of nearly 9000. Grand County relies heavily on the tourism trade, which means some parents have to work two or three jobs to support their families.This scenario has been the case for many, many years. But now with the weak economy and people not traveling or eating out as much, and as withmany of the other industries hurt by theeconomy, Grand County has many more peoplestruggling to make ends meet.
  • Posted on Jul 24, 2009
    Growing up the “son of a preacher man” I was always a part of church and always surrounded by people that helped me grow into the man that I am today. My love for serving others started when I was in third grade with a community recycling program and has grown into a passion and longing for loving others.

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