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Where Our Dollars Go

The SIF was founded on the fundamental idea that we can make enormous progress toward overcoming significant challenges by finding and growing the most promising solutions. Through our grantmaking programs, SIF Classic and SIF Pay for Success (PFS), we empowered organizations to identify and support solutions that make an impact in transforming communities in three focus areas:

  • Economic Opportunity: Increasing economic opportunities and financial stability for economically marginalized individuals and families
  • Healthy Futures: Improving health outcomes, promoting healthy lifestyles, and decreasing health disparities that disproportionately affect low-income communities. 
  • Youth Development: Preparing children and youth for success in school, active citizenship, productive work, and healthy and safe lives, including crime reduction initiatives focused on juvenile delinquency and victimization prevention and response. 

Through a highly competitive process, the SIF awarded funds to leading organizations in the nonprofit and philanthropic sector. This limited federal investment enables these grantees to build organizational capacity and expand effective programming. Grantees competitively select high-performing nonprofits and state and local governments to either expand evidence-based programs to serve more people or promote the use of Pay for Success, which ties payment for service delivery to the achievement of measurable outcomes. Both grantees and the organizations they select match these grants one-to-one, nearly tripling the federal investment.

We awarded grants to organizations and partnerships, or “grantees” selected through a rigorous, open competition to direct resources to promising, results-oriented nonprofit organizations and state and local government entities, or “subgrantees” operating on a local level and making measurable impact.

By requiring each federal dollar be matched one-to-one by private and non-federal sources, the SIF encouraged innovative organizations to build financial partnerships with non-federal grantmakers and donors, maximizing the impact of government funding and leading to potential continued funding beyond the scope of the grant.

Evaluation results increase knowledge of programs addressing economic opportunity, youth development and health challenges. Increased economic opportunities and financial stability for individuals and families. Prepared children and youth for success in school, active citizenship, productive work, and healthy and safe lives. Expanded use of innovative contracting and financing models by state and local governments to pay for social services. Improved health outcomes for youth and low-income communities.

Grantees also received significant technical assistance to support implementation of their community-based solutions. Participation in the SIF's initiatives gives grantees and their subgrantees greater visibility and access to a national network of funders and nonprofits.

Where Our Dollars Go: Since 2010, SIF grantees have expanded evidence-based programs to have greater impact through 1,849 local organizations in 46 states and the District of Columbia

Learn about SIF Classic   Learn about SIF Pay for Success

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