Where Our Dollars Go

Through our grantmaking programs, SIF Classic and SIF Pay for Success (PFS), we empower 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. 

SIF Classic

The SIF's Classic program combined public and private resources to grow the impact of community-based solutions that have compelling evidence of improving lives.

  • Grants range from $1-$10 million annually for up to five years.
  • Grantees match the federal funds dollar-for-dollar and hold open competitions to identify community-based organizations working in low-income communities that have innovative solutions with evidence of compelling results:
  • At least 80 percent of awarded federal funds must be invested in subgrantee programs.
  • Organizations must also match the funds they receive, and participate in rigorous evaluations of the impact of their programs.
  • The SIF and its grantees share data, lessons learned and results – helping to build the capacity of the social sector and lift-up solutions that can transform lives and communities.

Current Grantees

SIF's Classic grantees are actively investing in high-impact solutions across the country. Grants are awarded to intermediary grantmaking organizations implementing programs in three focus areas: economic opportunity, youth development, and healthy futures. Intermediaries are selected to receive funding through a competitive process conducted with openness and transparency.

AARP Foundation (2014)

AARP Foundation (2015)

AIDS United
Annie E. Casey Foundation
Boston Foundation
Capital Impact Partners
Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH)
The Edna McConnell Clark Foundation
Friends of the Children
Greater Twin Cities United Way, in partnership with Generation Next
GreenLight Fund
Jobs for the Future, Inc. - National Fund for Workforce Solutions
Jobs for the Future, Inc. - Opportunity Works
The John A. Hartford Foundation
Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) (2010)
Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) (2015)
Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City (2010) 
Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City (2015)
Methodist Healthcare Ministries of South Texas, Inc.
Nebraska Children and Families Foundation
New Profit, Inc
The North Carolina Partnership for Children, Inc.
REDF (2010)
REDF (2015)
Share Our Strength
Silicon Valley Community Foundation
United Way for Southeastern Michigan (2011)
United Way for Southeastern Michigan (2016)
United Way of Central Indiana
United Way of Greenville County
United Way of Lane County
US Soccer Foundation
Venture Philanthropy Partners

SIF Pay for Success

Federal funding flows to grantees. Grantees provide capacity building and technical assistance services to subgrantees. Subs complete feasibility studies, learn what works, and implement PFS projects
The SIF PFS program aims to:
  • Strengthen and diversify the pipeline of government and nonprofit organizations prepared to engage in PFS projects
  • Assess the potential of PFS to address a variety of social issues
  • Attract capital to high-performing institutions seeking to strengthen, grow, and sustain effective solutions for challenges facing low-income communities

Current Grantees

SIF Pay for Success grantees are funding activities that advance PFS projects and transactions in the near term, in order to enhance the reach and impact of innovative community-based solutions in low-income communities. Eight organizations were selected in 2014 to receive funding for up to three years through an open and transparent competition.
Learn more about the grantees and their selected subgrantees and subrecipients receiving funds and services for PFS projects across the country:

Administrative Data Pilot

In 2016, the SIF continued its mission  to identify and grow innovative, evidence-based approaches to our nation's challenges by launching the Pay for Success (PFS) Administrative Data Pilot competition.

PFS programs face a key challenge in accessing and utilizing high quality sources of data from localities, states, and the federal government, often requiring large, one-time investments in time and money. The PFS Administrative Data Pilot responds to this challenge by investing in entities that can centralize administrative data functions and act as a resource for current and future PFS programs to access and utilize these resources in their evaluations, freeing up time and money and further strengthening the impact of public and private dollars.

In September 2016, after running an open grant competition, the SIF awarded $4.05 million to three applicants who are delivering technical assistance and data access support to PFS projects targeting the SIF's three issue areas: Economic Opportunity; Healthy Futures; and Youth Development. PFS Administrative Data Pilot grantees run open competitions to select PFS sub-recipients. Find more information about the ADP grantees by clicking on the links below.

ADP Grantees

Sorenson Impact Center at the University of Utah
The Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality/Third Sector Partners
Urban Institute


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.

Complete list of Funded Organizations

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