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March 22, 2018 

Antony Bugg-Levine on Dollars and Change

Nonprofit Finance Fund's CEO, Antony Bugg-Levine, appeared on Wharton Business Radio's Dollars & Change program to discuss the founding of Nonprofit Finance Fund, the birth of impact investing, and the movement towards an outcomes-based world.

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February 14, 2018 

How a Police Chief, a Governor and a Sociologist Would Spend $100 Billion to Solve the Opioid Crisis

by Josh Katz

With the American opioid epidemic still raging and the number of deaths climbing, the New York Times asked a panel of 30 experts how they would spend $100 billion to solve it. The consensus was that funding should go towards four major areas: treatment, harm reduction, and demand- and supply-focused solutions. 27% of the pool would be spent on demand-focused solutions, such as community development, post-incarceration support, and education, further cementing the need to spend less on immediate care and more on upstream solutions that help reduce the effects of the crisis for good.

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February 1, 2018 

Malloy Administration Launches Innovative Solution to Improve Results for At-Risk Infants, Young Children and their Parents

Connecticut Office of Early Childhood

The Connecticut Office of Early Childhood has launched the nation's first ever two-generational outcomes rate card, designed to achieve better outcomes for families by focusing on the child and parent. The OEC will use federal and philanthropic funds to pay providers to achieve key goals, including healthy births, safe children, family stability, and caregiver employment. 

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January 17, 2018 

NFF Opens 8th State of the Nonprofit Sector Survey

NFF’s Survey gathers quantitative and qualitative data from thousands of organizations of all sizes, missions, and geographies. 

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January 17, 2018 

Paying for social outcomes: A review of the global impact bond market in 2017

Emily Gustafsson-Wright and Izzy Boggild-Jones

When 2017 concluded, 32 new impact bonds had been put into play, bringing the total active impact bonds to 108 with several more in development. What Matters author Emily Gustafsson-Wright details the characteristics of these bonds, including their geographic spread, sector focus, number of beneficiaries, and what we can expect to see in 2018.

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January 12, 2018 

Saving lives, saving money: Hospitals set up homeless patients with permanent housing

Alexia Elejalde-Ruiz, Chicago Tribune

The University of Illinois Hospital is spearheading an initiative called Better Health Through Housing, which is working to place several of its chronically homeless patients into permanent housing, ultimately reducing the amount of money that is spent on emergency healthcare for those patients. U of I Hospital's director of preventative emergency medicine, Stephen Brown, claims that the "solution is cheaper than the problem," and if other hospitals get involved, it can have a dramatic effect on reducing homelessness in the city. 

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January 10, 2018 

Health care's 'upstream' conundrum

David H. Freedman, Politico

While spending on healthcare in the United States keep rising, life expectancy is steadily shrinking. Research shows that rather than spend money on health costs, it is more cost effective to spend money on upstream social services that lead to less spending on emergency care and better health outcomes overall (also known as addressing the social determinants of health). Though this approach has more and more evidence behind it, America's healthcare system is not set up in a way that rewards the long view on the benefits of this type of spending, and politicians must show evidence of change within 2-4 year cycles. Researchers and health experts are experimenting with different ways to illustrate the economic and health benefits to all parties of this outcomes-focused orientation.

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January 9, 2018 

Using Pay for Success in Medicaid Managed Care and Value-Based Purchasing Initiatives

Diana Crumley, JD, MPAff and Allison Hamblin, MSPH

What Matters author Allison Hamblin discusses how Pay for Success can support Medicaid managed care programs and values-based purchasing initiatives that are looking to provide more efficient care.

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