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SIF Soccer for Success Los AngelesThe Social Innovation Fund (SIF) is a powerful approach to transforming lives and communities that positions the federal government to be a catalyst for impact—mobilizing private resources to find and grow community solutions with evidence of results.

Authorized by the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act in April of 2009, the Social Innovation Fund is a program of the Corporation for National and Community Service that empowers organizations to identify and support sustainable solutions that are already making a significant impact in transforming communities.  

With the simple but vital goal of finding what works, and making it work for more people, the Social Innovation Fund and its' grantees create a learning network of organizations working to implement innovative and effective evidence-based solutions to local and national challenges in three priority areas: economic opportunity, healthy futures, and youth development.

 

To help scale evidence-based community solutions, the Social Innovation Fund has two grant programs: Classic and Pay for Success. Through the two programs, community-based organizations, or “intermediaries,” direct resources to nonprofit organizations and state and local government entities, or “subgrantees,” to help build the capacity of the social sector and lift-up solutions that can transform lives. In addition, the Social Innovation Fund shares data, lessons learned and results every step of the way through its Knowledge Initiative.

SIF Classic
The SIF's Classic program unites public and private resources to evaluate and grow innovative community-based solutions that have evidence of results in low-income communities.
SIF Pay for Success
The SIF's Pay for Success program unites private, public and non-profit sectors to assess and structure Pay for Success projects that produce measurable outcomes for individuals and communities.
LISC FOC employee reviewing documentation with woman
The Knowledge Initiative captures lessons learned and best practices from the Classic and Pay for Success grantees, analyzing program models from implementation to evaluation.

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