Social Innovation Fund General Fact Sheet
The Social Innovation Fund, a key White House initiative and program of the Corporation for National and Community Service, transforms lives and communities by using limited federal investment as a catalyst to grow community-based nonprofits with evidence of strong results. Throughout the U.S., effective solutions to many of our major problems have been developed and are already achieving strong results. The Social Innovation Fund was founded on the fundamental idea that we can make enormous progress toward overcoming significant challenges by finding and growing the most promising of these solutions.
How Does It Work?
- host open, evidence-based competitions to select nonprofits implementing innovative program models;
- invest in expanding the capabilities and impact of the nonprofits they select; and
- support those nonprofits through rigorous evaluation of their programs.
The Social Innovation Fund has awarded $177.6 million in grants to intermediaries since 2010.
- This funding yielded $423 million in private and other nonfederal commitments.
- The Social Innovation Fund selected 20 grantmaking intermediaries between 2010-2012.
- Intermediaries have so far selected 221 innovative nonprofits working in 37 states and the District of Columbia.
- Grantees are conducting 86 interventions and assessing results through highly rigorous evaluation models, including randomized trials and quasi-experimental designs.
Examples of Social Innovation Fund Programs
|Nonprofit/Intermediary||Annual Award*||Nonprofit Program Description|
|Center for Employment Opportunities REDF||$251,065||The Center for Employment Opportunities assists recently-released offenders eager to build productive lives in securing immediate transitional jobs, and provides skills training, coaching and job placement support—a combination proven to reduce the chances|
of their returning to prison. With their subgrant they are replicating their New York-based program in Oakland, California.
|Integrated Healthcare and Housing Neighborhoods program Corporation for Supportive Housing||$400,000||In Hartford, Connecticut, the Integrated Healthcare and Housing Neighborhoods program is transitioning more chronically homeless, frequent users of emergency care into permanent housing and ensuring they receive vital health services that improve their quality of life and save the state thousands of dollars per person each year.|
|The Children's Institute, Inc. The Edna McConnell Clark Foundation||$2 Million||The Children’s Institute in Los Angeles helps very troubled youth, typically involved in the foster care or juvenile justice system, improve their life prospects and avoid violence. Their programs reduce gang involvement, raise academic performance, and improve school attendance.|
*Nonprofit grant awards are comprised of both federal and match funding. Awards are also matched 1:1 by the nonprofits receiving funding.