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About the Social Innovation Fund

The Social Innovation Fund (SIF) positions the federal government as a catalyst for impact – in which evidence-based programs and interventions are used to enable social innovation across America and make available new sources of evidence on what works best to solve the country’s most intractable problems. 

Through our support, our grantees are engaged in rigorous third-party evaluations of their programs to show the full impact of their work. These evaluations not only reveal insights about the programs, but they also inform the work of other grantees. This knowledge building and focus on scaling successful programs is what makes the SIF unique.

Since its inception in 2009, the SIF and its private-sector partners have invested over a billion dollars in compelling community solutions through its SIF Classic and SIF Pay For Success (PFS) programs.

Infographic demonstrating SIF investment of around $350 million plus private of around $700 million equals over $1 billion invested

With the simple but vital goal of finding what works, and making it work for more people, the SIF and its private-sector partners 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, Youth Development

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