Social Innovation Fund

Innovation to Impact: Obama’s Social Innovation Fund at Four

Nearly five years after President Obama announced the creation of the Social Innovation Fund (SIF) in a ceremony at the White House, the program has achieved amazing progress. Its portfolio includes more than a half billion dollars of cross-sector investments in effective community solutions. Many already show promising early results. Nonprofits are establishing new connections and building capacity that will benefit the entire social sector and the country. And the SIF is accomplishing this in a way that demonstrates the importance of combining innovation, evaluation, and scale to accelerate the pace of change.

My Brother’s Keeper: Service and Social Innovation Creating Opportunity

During your life’s journey, I am sure that you can remember times when your path was made clearer or your baggage lighter because of someone who helped along the way. These thoughts came to mind today as President Obama outlined his plan to expand opportunity for boys and young men of color through the My Brother’s Keeper initiative and a new federal task force on which I am honored to serve.

Social Innovation Fund Launches New Grant Competition: Opportunity. Innovation. Impact.

In 2009, President Obama created the Social Innovation Fund (SIF) with a simple goal: Find solutions that work and provide the resources and spotlight needed so they can work for more people. Nearly five years later, the Social Innovation Fund represents more than a half billion dollars in public and private funds that are evaluating, expanding, and igniting innovative community solutions nationwide.

Social Innovation Fund Grantee Spotlight: Corporation for Supportive Housing

The chronically homeless population often utilize hospitals’ emergency rooms to meet their basic health care needs, not only causing public costs to skyrocket but also doing little to address the other mental and behavioral needs of this very vulnerable population.  
 
The Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH)’s Social Innovation Fund (SIF) initiative responds directly to one of the most pressing policy problems currently facing states and the nation as a whole: rising public spending on health care with poor health outcomes.

A key goal of the Social Innovation Fund (SIF) is to build the evaluation capacity of nonprofit organizations so they can successfully assess whether their programs are truly creating impact. The CNCS Evidence Exchange is a virtual repository of reports intended to help our grantees and other interested stakeholders find information about evidence- and research - based national service and social innovation programs.

The Social Innovation Fund (SIF) awards grants to identify, validate, and grow promising approaches to challenges facing local communities. The SIF works with and through community-based organizations, or “grantmakers,” to direct resources to nonprofits, and state and local government entities, or “subgrantees”  focused on youth development, economic opportunity, and healthy futures.

The operating model of the Social Innovation Fund has been explicitly designed to advance these objectives and is distinguished by the following six key elements:

Top Ten National Service Moments of 2013

This past year, we engaged millions of Americans in high-impact service, meeting pressing needs in communities across the nation. Working hand in hand with thousands of local partners, our members and volunteers improved lives, expanded economic opportunity, and strengthened communities. As 2013 draws to a close, let’s take a look back at some of our favorite national service moments.

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