New Release: Hear Talks from the San Francisco Event

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Reorienting Around Outcomes

The greatest hope of people working in the social sector is to make a positive, long-term impact. But, too often, the funding systems that support their work incentivize a short-term focus on “outputs.” For example, a shelter is typically funded based on beds filled each night—rather than an “outcome” like the number of people who transition to permanent housing.

What Matters: Investing in Results to Build Strong, Vibrant Communities, a project of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco and Nonprofit Finance Fund, features essays by dozens of leaders, exploring the possibilities of an outcomes-based world.

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Outputs vs. Outcomes

What's the difference between "outputs" and "outcomes"? And how does our funding system affect the ability of service providers to focus on long-term results?

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Upcoming Events

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September 12, 2017
11:30AM ET • Washington, DC

Washington, DC Book and Campaign Launch

September 13, 2017
9:00 AM-4:30 PM ET • Washington, DC

Nonprofit Workshop on Outcomes


"Rethinking Homeless Shelters From the Ground Up"

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"Banks — at the Fed’s Urging — Back Community Investing"

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Op-Ed: "Grantmakers, Put Results First in Deciding How To Give"

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San Francisco Event Livestream Recorded on June 13

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