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.

September 27, 2017 

As Wildfires Scorch U.S. Forests, Forest Resilience Bond Blazes a New Trail

In the midst of a potentially record-setting fire season, public-private partnerships like the Forest Resilience Bond are seeking better outcomes by preventing wildfires through better forest health.

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September 14, 2017 

Broad Support and Innovation Drive Social Sector Shift to Outcomes

In an outcomes orientation, funding is tied to the ability to demonstrate that high-quality services produce results against the country’s most severe problems in health, education, housing, employment, and more. A recent Washington, DC convening was the continuation of a campaign and national dialogue guided by NFF and the SF Fed.

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September 14, 2017 

"Only Collaboration Can End America's Opioid Crisis"

By Melissa Skahan, Vice President of Mission Integration at Mercy Hospital, writing in The Hill

"Substance use disorders, recovery, intergenerational trauma, and the stabilization and healing of lives are complex, long-march issues that urgently require a new and comprehensive approach..." 

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September 8, 2017 

"We Won’t End Homelessness Until We Figure Out What Actually Works"

By Muzzy Rosenblatt, CEO and President, BRC, writing in The Hill

"Our clients were facing less secure housing options, and therefore at higher risk of returning to the shelter. So, we developed a new financing model: We are building a new homeless shelter and leveraging its revenues to also build 135 affordable apartments..."

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September 7, 2017 

New NFF Report: Pay for Success Scorecard: Lessons from the Vanguard of the Outcomes Movement

The report examines progress made toward the goals and aspirations of the California Pay for Success Initiative, launched in 2014 with The James Irvine Foundation, and offers perspective on how to rethink the way we plan, purchase, and fund social services.

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September 7, 2017 

"We Need a Long Term Plan for Reducing Reincarcerations"

By Sam Schaeffer, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Center for Employment Opportunities (CEO), writing in The Hill

"We must continue to shift our collective anti-recidivism efforts to focus on outcomes, which a handful of nonprofits and governments have demonstrated is possible. Today, governments have the opportunity to take a strong lead as the stakeholders with the most power to use dollars and policies to drive lasting, positive change..."

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August 25, 2017 

Missed the San Francisco Event? Listen to the Recorded Dialogues

From funding strategies to outcomes in action, speakers in the San Francisco event discuss how outcomes-based approaches inform their practice. The talks have been split into separate, brief videos for easy browsing.

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July 14, 2017 

Outcomes Campaign Goes West

The best hope for lasting progress against America’s biggest social problems is for service providers and funders to align around what really works – and what it really costs – to advance healthy communities. This was the unifying message, as NFF and the SF Fed kicked off the west coast book launch and outcomes dialogue.

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