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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 Sep 22, 2009
    We have a neighbor, an older gentleman who sits on his porch and waves to the traffic.  He knows so many people in the neighborhood that we have taken to calling him the Mayor of Main Street (the actual name of the road). His wife is in and out of the hospital, and has been for a while, for a variety of health reasons.  Almost every day, my wife or I go and sit and talk to him. We might not agree on much, but we always take about a half hour or an hour to keep him company during his new-found, unexpected solitude.
  • Posted on Sep 22, 2009
    We are La Curacao, a retail department store focused to the Hispanic community. We organized a story hour for the children in the communities near our store in Los Angeles. We encouraged children to come to the summer reading program, "Alegria de Leer," via posters and radio announcements. For each of the past six summers we have hosted this 6-9 week program. Children enjoy coming to listen, learn and have fun doing a craft.
  • Posted on Sep 22, 2009
    When I first found out I’d be interning in the New York City Mayor’s Office this summer, I resigned myself to a summer of desk work, with perhaps some filing thrown in for variety.
  • Posted on Sep 22, 2009
    Mike L., a member with the American Red Cross’ AmeriCorps Together We Prepare program, has been making quite an impact on Washtenaw County in Michigan. Through his service with the county’s Red Cross chapter, Mike’s usual service has been organizing a youth service group called Youth Community Action Team (YCAT) and responding to local disasters.  But following an AmeriCorps training session, another opportunity presented itself.
  • Posted on Sep 22, 2009
    I have been fortunate to live and work in several rural communities during my 24 years working for USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). As staffing declined in the Flagler Field Office over the years, it was a challenge to accomplish all the things we wanted to do.
  • Posted on Sep 15, 2009
    Boston-based rockers Thirteen Yards to Victory couldn't help but notice the headlines in the local newspapers and the announcements on social media sites that many arts and music education programs in their area were being cut severely. The bad economy was going to mean a poor education for so many students.
  • Posted on Sep 13, 2009
    On September 11, more than a dozen Cabinet secretaries and senior administration officials commemorated the heroism of those who lost their lives on September 11th, 2001, and remembered their spirit of sacrifice by engaging in service and volunteerism as part of the first officially recognized September 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance.
  • Posted on Sep 11, 2009
    I wanted to share some news with you that the First Lady and I are excited to share on this National Day of Service and Remembrance.
  • Posted on Sep 10, 2009
    Working for a company for 25 years shows loyalty—volunteering for an organization for 25 years is much more than just loyalty. It is dedication, selflessness, and passion for what one does. Wanda Allen-Yearout is one of only a few individuals with this huge accomplishment, but she is very modest about it.
  • Posted on Sep 10, 2009
    In 2007 we started the Boston Latin School Youth Climate Action Network as a student led extracurricular club devoted to helping the environment. That same year, we won Do Something’s “Increase Your Green Competition” for the positive changes we made in our school and community. At our first meeting, over 90 students showed up, and formed seven specific committees to take action. Less than a year later, our membership has swelled to over 300 students, and 16 separate committees!

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