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December 18, 2015

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Act provides federal funding for important programs that advance innovation and evidence.


WASHINGTON, D.C. | December 18, 2015 – America Forward and Members of the America Forward Coalition issued the following statement today after the Senate passed the Consolidated Appropriations Act to fund the federal government for Fiscal Year 2016. The legislation passed the Senate by a vote of 65 to 33. Earlier today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the bill by a vote of 316 to 113.


“The America Forward Coalition applauds the Congressional approval of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2016 which funds many of the key America Forward federal priorities that have a significant impact on the lives of those we serve. We are particularly pleased to see the inclusion of funding for programs like the Social Innovation Fund (SIF), the Investing in Innovation (i3) Fund, AmeriCorps, Performance Partnership Pilots (P3), and 21st Century Community Learning Centers that spur innovation, reward results, and catalyze cross-sector partnerships to propel America forward.


Although today’s passage of an Appropriations bill is a huge success for our Coalition and its member organizations, much work remains moving forward to ensure these critical programs continue to receive funding for years to come. America Forward and the America Forward Coalition look forward to working with Congress and the Administration on the Fiscal Year 2017 Budget and Appropriations process.”


AMERICA FORWARD is the Washington, DC-based nonpartisan policy initiative of national venture philanthropy fund New Profit. America Forward seeks to break down the barriers between all people and opportunity in America. America Forward unites social innovators with policymakers to advance a public policy agenda that champions innovative and effective solutions to our country’s most pressing social problems.


THE AMERICA FORWARD COALITION is a network of more than 70 innovative, impact-oriented organizations that foster innovation, identify more efficient and effective solutions, reward results, and catalyze cross-sector partnerships in education, early childhood, workforce development, youth development, and poverty alleviation. Our Coalition members are achieving measurable outcomes in more than 14,500 communities across the country every day, touching the lives of nearly 8 million Americans each year. We believe that innovative policy approaches can transform these local results into national change and propel all of America forward. Together, the America Forward Coalition members have leveraged $1.5 billion for social innovation and have driven millions of federal resources toward programs that are achieving measurable results for those who need them most.
For more on America Forward, please visit www.americaforward.org.

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