Explore this section for latest announcements, ideas, and stories from Nonprofit Finance Fund (NFF) and the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco (SF Fed) on Investing in Results.

December 5, 2017 

Paid in Full: How to Reorient Philanthropic Investments for Justice-Oriented Collective Action and Impact

Dorian O. Burton & Brian C.B. Barnes

Philanthropy often creates only partial investment strategies that create outliers of success. Instead, philanthropy should consider a full investment strategy that puts the community as the center, and defines and pays for outcomes and not outputs. 

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November 21, 2017 

"Fundable, Doable, and Measurable." A Foundation's Success Against Homelessness

Alyssa Ochs

In Orlando, Florida, chronic homelessness has been cut by fifty percent over the past few years, thanks to the Central Florida Foundation and Central Florida Commission on Homelessness' efforts to bring together over 160 organizations fighting homelessness to do so in a more collective and therefore impactful way. Major milestones include service providers entering data into a central database and measuring outcomes against a scorecard created by Central Florida Commission on Homelessness - goals that include clients remaining housed for one year, maintaining their income, and having access to emergency services.

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November 15, 2017 

Life on MaRS: Canada's Social Finance Forum explores "the next big thing"

David Floyd

Last week, NFF's CEO Antony Bugg-Levine spoke at Canada's Social Finance Forum about how Social Impact Bond investments puts the solution first and the return second, which leads to better outcomes for the beneficiary. This was part of a larger forum on social finance as the "next big thing" in Canada.

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November 7, 2017 

Adopting an Outcomes-Based Approach for Lasting Impact

The Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco and Nonprofit Finance Fund's joint Invest in Results campaign brought government officials, service providers, investors, and academics together in Washington, DC to showcase some of the ways that organizations and city governments are shifting from outputs to outcomes, and engaging in cross-sector collaboration to solve the root causes of social issues.

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November 2, 2017 

Announcing the Newest Moneyball for Government Nonprofit Leaders

We're honored that NFF's CEO, Antony Bugg-Levine, has been named one of Results for America's Moneyball for Government All-Stars. These leaders are committed to using evidence in their work to improve outcomes for children, families, and communities. 


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October 24, 2017 

Private Capital Takes a Risk to Help House Neediest

Rishika Dugyala

Santa Clara County's Project Welcome Home is a six-year Social Impact Bond project helping house chronically homeless individuals and families, and San Francisco is considering the same approach to end homelessness, as well as help low-income mothers and at-risk youth after upgrading its computer systems. Stakeholders are beginning to recognize the value of using private capital to pay for social progress, especially after seeing how current Social Impact Bond projects have been progressing.

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October 24, 2017 

2017 #WhatWorks Reading List: Great Fall Reads on Evidence, Data and Results

What Matters: Investing in Results to Build Strong, Vibrant Communities tops Results for America's What Works 2017 Reading List.

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October 20, 2017 

Performance-Based Contracting: Rules for the Road

A group of ambassadors from the Leap of Reason Ambassadors Community, including NFF's CEO Antony Bugg-Levine, gave advice to a city government agency on what to focus on when developing a framework for performance-(i.e. outcomes-) based contracting. While there are a lot of potential pitfalls to watch out for, this type of contracting can be the key to centering government around performance.

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