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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 24, 2009
    On June 14, 2009 groups of volunteers emerged to “Go Beyond” and help clean and restore the baseball field and park surrounding the Roller and Recreation Facility in St. Louis, Missouri.
  • Posted on Jul 24, 2009
    The state of Oklahoma knows too well the devastation that disasters can cause. Whatever type of disaster, such as tornadoes, flooding, or terrorist attacks (such as the bombing of the Murrah Building) the physical, emotional and financial harm to people and property can be enormous.
  • Posted on Jul 24, 2009
    Columbia Community Montessori in Columbia, Missouri launched The Young Skillet Summer Camp in July of 2008 with a group of 16 children (between the ages of 4-13 years old) who attended for no charge. Over the six-week session, our first group of Skilleteers filmed and starred in a children's cooking show that airs on CAT TV in Columbia. Children learned how to shoot cooking scenes, conduct interviews, and produce documentary-style film segments about the gardening and cooking skills they learned.
  • Posted on Jul 24, 2009
    Working as an AmeriCorps VISTA Leader for a state-wide project while still serving in a school district coordinating projects and facilitating a team can be a challenging, but the rewards are plentiful. The Wisconsin DPI VISTA Project seeks “to build capacity for family involvement in low-income schools and communities by implementing a research-based, sustainable process for partnerships.” In the School District of Rhinelander, I am in the middle of a summer program which just might be my most sustainable idea thus far.
  • Posted on Jul 23, 2009
    The NFL Players Association and its players have joined President Barack Obama in his mission to build a stronger nation through the “United We Serve” initiative, a national effort designed to encourage more Americans to serve their communities.
  • Posted on Jul 23, 2009
    In the summer of 2006, Marco and Jennifer Chiappetta got married and settled in Washington Heights—the neighborhood they both grew up in. While taking walks together, they were saddened by the sight of local schoolyards that had been abandoned by children and occupied by troublemakers and drug users.
  • Posted on Jul 23, 2009
    Kevin B. is an adult learner. Pat B. is a literacy tutor. Here is our story. “I am Kevin B. I am a troubled reader and I have decided to get help. I have been working with Pat. She has been helping me a lot. I am 23 years old and it is time for me to get my life together. So I am. One step at a time.”
  • Posted on Jul 23, 2009
    I am Sally K. and a member of the Catholic Knights in Milwaukee, WI.
  • Posted on Jul 23, 2009
    I am the AmeriCorps VISTA for Lackawanna Heritage Valley Authority (LHVA) in Scranton, PA. I coordinate the volunteer activities for LVHA. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Clarks Summit, PA contacted us because they wanted to bring church members out for a weekend community service event.
  • Posted on Jul 23, 2009
    On Tuesday, June 23rd, Nothing But Nets joined the FBR Branch of the local Boys & Girls Clubs in Anacostia to engage the youth on the issue of malaria. 125 students ages five through 15 joined us in fun and interactive activities such as skits, creative drawing, and a NETS basketball game which served to both educate and empower the students to take action on a global issue.

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