SIF In the News
Aug 24, 2017
Children in low-income communities can face unique challenges when it comes to getting the food they need. Fortunately, this is a solvable problem, and Corporation for National and Community Service programs, like the Social Innovation Fund (SIF) and AmeriCorps, are working to make sure kids have access to programs that reduce hunger and promote healthy eating habits. While SIF grantees supported already-proven models to reach more Americans and addressing barriers to success, some SIF grantees also used
Jul 10, 2017
Millions of people throughout the country struggle to secure a good job that pays a wage that supports their families, let alone to find a job that leads to a career. The opportunity that comes from gaining skills and moving forward advancing on a career path can have a lasting positive impact on workers, their families, and their communities. But a good job isn’t always enough, and those workers may need additional support as they move toward financial stability.
Jun 26, 2017
One in five adults in America is living with a mental illness, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. That’s a staggering 43 million Americans. However, studies show that more than half don’t receive mental health services.
Jun 13, 2017
Franklin D. Roosevelt once said, “We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future.” That’s especially true for the 5.5 million opportunity youth – teenagers and young people who are neither working nor in school.[i] Youth development and improving economic opportunity are important targets for the Social Innovation Fund (SIF), and our grantees have been able to make a significant impact in the communities they serve.
Jun 5, 2017
May was a big month for the SIF and our Pay for Success (PFS) program. Five of our grantees announced funding to governments and nonprofits this month and we wanted to share with you what they are undertaking to change the way government allocates and invests its resources to improve outcomes.
May 10, 2017
Despite the recovery of the American economy and a national unemployment rates at their lowest levels in years, millions of people who are willing and able to work are excluded from that prosperity. People who have faced serious challenges in their lives—like homelessness, incarceration, substance abuse and mental health disorders, and limited education—struggle to get a foothold into the workforce. Without a solid work history and skill set, employers are reluctant to hire them. And, if they do get hired, they often struggle to remain employed and progress.
Feb 23, 2017
Celebrating Innovation Month: Paying for what works—at scale: How outcomes rate cards could take PFS to the next level
Guest blog by Social Finance
Feb 22, 2017
Thanks to public-private partnerships, the Corporation for National and Community Service leverages...
Thanks to public-private partnerships, the Corporation for National and Community Service leverages an additional $1.26 BILLION in outside resources to increase our impact. That’s even more than the federal investment! www.nationalservice.gov.
Dec 1, 2016
By: Lois Nembhard, Acting-Director, Social Innovation FundEarly and effective treatment can help people with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) – the virus that causes acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) – manage infections, improve overall health, and reduce risk of transmitting the virus to others.
Oct 21, 2016
By Lois Nembhard, Acting Director, Social Innovation FundAs someone who has had the privilege of working in the Social Innovation Fund, almost since the initiative was announced by First Lady Michelle Obama, its status as a six-year-old program has helped nearly 700,000 people. I am especially proud of two moments this past week.