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Take 5: "The Prison Problem" and more...

Posted by Admin on Sep 30, 2015 4:21:50 PM


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Tags: Arne Duncan, Carly Fiorina, incarceration, Mandatory Minimum Sentencing, Mass Incarceration, NPR, President Barack Obama, School Funding, Social Innovation News, The Atlantic, Amplify Blog, CJS, Coalition for Access Affordability and Success, college admissions, Criminal Justice Reform, Diversity Equity and Inclusion, Education Secretary, Fasts Company, Pennsylvania, Prison, The Huffington Post, The New York Times, U.S. Secretary of Education, Urban Housing Crisis, venture philanthropy, War on Drugs

Take 5: "Can Private Dollars Fix Public Schools?" and more...

Posted by Admin on Sep 29, 2015 2:51:47 PM


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Tags: behavioral economics, Bias, Blended Learning, Human Development, neurobiology, Northwestern University, #OpportunityRedefined, Psychology, Public Schools, Social Innovation News, The Atlantic, Amplify Blog, Behavioral Science, Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach, Early Learning, EdSurge, Philadelphia School District, problem solving, Stereotypes, Technology, The Huffington Post, Thomas B. Fordham Institute, venture philanthropy

#OPPORTUNITYREDEFINED: Behavioral Science Is Revolutionizing Social Problem Solving

Posted by Admin on Sep 29, 2015 10:42:50 AM


We’re back with the second installment of #OpportunityRedefined, a new social entrepreneur-driven digital dialogue series about the future of problem solving in America. We’re exploring rising trends that are shaking up social innovation and giving us hope that some of America’s biggest challenges can be addressed.

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Tags: behavioral economics, center for youth wellness, Center on the Developing Child, education, Ellen Galinsky, Google Hangout, Greg Walton, Harvard Graduate School of Education, Harvard University, Human Development and Urban Education, Jack Shonkoff, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School, Marc Brackett, Mind in the Making, neurobiology, New York University, NYU, #OpportunityRedefined, Philanthropists, Psychology, Sheila Walker, social entrepreneurship, social innovation, Stephanie Jones, Amplify Blog, Diversity Equity and Inclusion, Early Learning, economic empowerment, Families and Work Institute, focus funds, FWI, Gabriele Oettingen, Harvard, nadine burke harris, public health, Stanford University, Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence

Take 5: "How Kids Pay Attention (and Why Some Kids Struggle With It)" and more...

Posted by Admin on Sep 28, 2015 3:18:25 PM


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Tags: Child Development, Columbia University, Kindergarten, learning differences, Learning Disabilities, Math, Organizations, Personalized Learning, Poverty, Pre-K, Social Innovation News, Amplify Blog, EdCentral, Fast Company, New Classrooms, Penn State, Teach to One, The Huffington Post, The New York Times, U.N., UC-Irvine, Understood, Unemployment, United Nations, venture philanthropy, Vocabulary

Take 5: "New study: Principals satisfied with Teach For America teachers" and more...

Posted by Admin on Sep 25, 2015 2:36:01 PM


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Tags: Be The Change Inc., Bicycle, Freelancers Union, low income, Marco Zappacosta, Math, Monique Rizer, NPR, Opportunity Nation, Organizations, Public School, Rep. Jason Chaffetz, Senator Mark Warner, Social Innovation News, Teach For America, AJC.com, Amplify Blog, College Scorecard, D.C. Public Schools, District Department of Transportation, Gig-Economy, Marcela Sapone, Michelle Miller, Politico, RAND Corporation, Sara Horowitz, TFA, venture philanthropy, Walker-Jones Education Campus, Washington Post

Take 5: "Education Gap Between Rich and Poor Is Growing Wider" and more...

Posted by Admin on Sep 24, 2015 3:32:56 PM


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Tags: education, Organizations, Social Innovation News, The Atlantic, Amplify Blog, Diversity Equity and Inclusion, New Classrooms, skills gap, Teach to One: Math, The New York Times

YouthBuild: Creating Opportunities, Reducing Poverty, Through Scaling What Works

Posted by Admin on Sep 24, 2015 10:05:57 AM


This blog post was written by Dorothy Stoneman, Founder and CEO of YouthBuild.

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Tags: District of Columbia, DOL, John Kerry, Michael Brown, Mile High Conservation Corps, Organizations, Service Corps, America Forward Coalition, AmeriCorps, Amplify Blog, City of Ferguson, College, Denver, Department of Labor, Dorothy Stoneman, Ferguson, head start, Markle Foundation's Rework America, Peace Corps, St. Louis, US Department of Labor, US Virgin Islands, venture philanthropy, Xavier Jennings, YouthBuild, YouthBuild USA

Take 5: "How TV Can Make Kids Better Readers" and more...

Posted by Admin on Sep 23, 2015 4:38:24 PM


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Tags: child mind institute, future of privacy, homelessness, michael levine, new profit blog, Nicole Truhe, NPR, npred, Social Innovation News, America Forward Coalition, Amplify Blog, Early Learning Fund, ed, failing, New Profit Staff, Technology, The New York Times

America Forward and New Profit Join SEA Summit

Posted by Nicole Truhe on Sep 23, 2015 10:04:01 AM


This piece was written by Nicole Truhe, Director of Government Affairs for America Forward

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Tags: Cary Kennedy, Chuck Lief, City and County of Denver, collaboration, Colorado, Greyston Foundation, inequality, Nicole Truhe, Pay For Success, PFS, Public Entities, Richard Eidlin, Samasource, SEA Summit, social entrepreneurship, Tides, America Forward Coalition, American Sustainable Business Council, Amplify Blog, CJS, Criminal Justice Reform, Denver, Deputy Mayor Cary Kennedy, Diversity Equity and Inclusion, Kriss Deiglmeier, New Profit Staff, Private Entities, SEA, Summit, Tulaine Montgomery, Wendy Gonzalez

Take 5: "America’s Poverty Problem Hasn’t Changed" and more...

Posted by Admin on Sep 22, 2015 3:26:07 PM


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Tags: Forbes, Harvard School of Public Health, Huffington Post, low income, Medium, silicon valley, Social Innovation News, Amplify Blog, Atlantic, College, Technology, US Census Bureau, venture philanthropy

Take 5: "Starting Over After Starting Up" and more...

Posted by Admin on Sep 21, 2015 3:32:23 PM


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Tags: CNCS, Huffington Post, iMentor, NPR, Organizations, Social Innovation News, Stanford Social Innovation Review, Amplify Blog, Diversity Equity and Inclusion, LIFT, startup, Technology, The New York Times, venture philanthropy

Take 5: "Coding Class, Then Naptime: Computer Science For The Kindergarten Set" and more...

Posted by Admin on Sep 18, 2015 4:18:31 PM


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Tags: Charter Schools, Coding Class, College Access Index, colleges, harvard business review, Kindergarten, KIPP, Labor Market, Learning Curve, low income students, NBER, Nellie Mae Education Foundation, NPR, NPR education, Pell Grants, Public Schools, social innovation, Social Innovation News, Amplify Blog, coding, Computer Science, elementary school, Harvard, Middle School, Preschoolers, Public Charter Schools, Social Problem Solving, Solution Journalism, Solutions Journalism Network, Tehcnology, The Boston Globe, The New York Times, Upshot, venture philanthropy, Washington Post

Take 5: "Maria Peña Promoted to President of LIFT" and more...

Posted by Admin on Sep 17, 2015 11:09:30 AM


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Tags: KIPP, MLT, Organizations, silicon valley, Social Innovation News, 40 under 40, Amplify Blog, EdSurge, LIFT, Maria Peña, Mathematica Research, Technology, Understood, venture philanthropy

In Defense of the Social Innovation Fund

Posted by Nicole Truhe on Sep 16, 2015 3:47:53 PM


Our country recognizes the importance of using data and evidence in developing policy, allocating budgets, and awarding grant dollars. The push for this evidence-based approach to policymaking has generated several programs that are substantially impacting the lives of children, youth, and adults in communities across America. However, The Social Innovation Fund (SIF), along with many of the federal programs that have been leading the way in developing evidence and collecting data, are at risk of being defunded and discontinued altogether. It is critical that when these programs are up for reauthorization and funding, they are continued, if not increased!


We applaud Paul Carttar on his advocacy for this argument in a recent article he authored in The Chronicle of Philanthropy called “Congress Shouldn’t Kill the Social Innovation Fund.” Carttar details the impact of the SIF not only to the communities where the programs are playing out in real time using highly leveraged federal funds at a private match rate of 3:1, but also for the larger evidence-based movement that has been a hallmark of the Obama Administration as well as of the members of Congress on both sides of the aisle.


Since its creation six years ago, SIF has garnered support from both Republicans and Democrats and was recently identified by an independent evaluation as making a tangible impact in addressing our country’s biggest challenges. The evaluation which was conducted by Patrick Lester at the Social Innovation Research Center, reported that the independent, rigorous evaluations of the first cohort of SIF grantees demonstrated positive effects in areas such as early childhood reading, social enterprise employment, and workforce development.


In addition to these outcomes, as Carttar notes, the SIF is also helping to identify how to effectively engage in evaluations and use data to determine a program’s impact. This element of SIF is important not only to those entities engaged in the program but building the foundation in order effectively move to using research to drive public policy and to using evaluations to determine which government programs work and which do not.


In a similarly focused piece in Politico entitled "Evidence Comes Under Attack," Harry Stein chronicles the phenomenon of “defund[ing] data collection, analysis, and pilot programs that are helping to solve some of the toughest challenges facing the nation.” These programs not only have supporters on both sides of the aisle in Congress but are also championed by the Administration. Additionally, they are at the heart of the bi-partisan movement towards evidence-based policymaking.


The organizations involved in the Social Innovation Fund are in Washington, DC this week to share their activities and lessons learned with each other and to also meet with members of Congress to showcase the impact of the program in communities across the country. The timing of this convening is important because Congress is now back in session with a significant number of items that need their attention in the remaining weeks of the year. Funding the government into the next fiscal year is on that list.


If Congress is really serious about being more outcomes-based and evidence-driven in how it makes policy and funding decisions, one of the core criteria that should be used during the funding debate is whether a program is using evaluation and data. If it does, programs such as the Social Innovation Fund won’t be killed by Congress.

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Tags: Bi-Partisan, Congress, Patrick Lester, Paul Carttar, Policymaking, President Barack Obama, social entrepreneurship, social innovation, America Forward Coalition, Amplify Blog, DC, Early Learning, Harry Stein, New Profit Staff, Politico, SIF, Social Innovation Fund, the chronicle of philanthropy, venture philanthropy, Washington

Take 5: "Finally busting the charity overhead myth" and more...

Posted by Admin on Sep 16, 2015 11:13:24 AM


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Tags: Organizations, overhead, social entrepreneurship, Social Innovation News, Amplify Blog, AVANCE, Computer Science, de Blasio, The New York Times, Your Mark On The World Center

Take 5: "When Home Is Tough, Making Students Feel Good At School" and more...

Posted by Admin on Sep 15, 2015 10:24:56 AM


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Tags: Haven Academy, Hechinger Report, Huffington Post, Mission Continues, NPR, Organizations, Social Innovation News, Stanford Social Innovation Review, Amplify Blog, Fast Company, Florida Times, SEL, venture philanthropy

Take 5: "Congress Shouldn’t Kill the Social Innovation Fund" and more...

Posted by Admin on Sep 14, 2015 2:26:02 PM



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Tags: American University, Chronicle of Philanthropy, Head & Heart Philanthropy, Income, inequality, Laurene Powell, Patrick Lester, Paul Shoemaker, President Barack Obama, social entrepreneurship, social innovation, Social Innovation News, Steven Jobs, TEDTalk, TEDxFargo, Amplify Blog, Anne Reese, Apple, Cynthia Mendenhall, Derek Hyra, Diversity Equity and Inclusion, Fast Company, Federal Policy, Microsegregation, Mike Milken, SIF, Social Innovation Fund, The New York Times, United States, venture philanthropy, Wealth

Diversity in Social Innovation: Greater Inclusion, Greater Impact

Posted by Candace Stanciel on Sep 14, 2015 2:22:47 PM


This piece was written by Candace Stanciel, Director of Convenings at New Profit. For more blog posts on the topic of diversity and inclusion, check out our #OpportunityRedefined digital dialogue series. 

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Tags: Head & Heart Philanthropy, Higher Education, leadership, Morehouse College, #OpportunityRedefined, Social Innovation News, Amplify Blog, Convenings, Diversity Equity and Inclusion, focus funds, Gathering of Leaders, New Profit Staff, people of color

Take 5: Wendy Kopp on what it will really take to achieve quality learning for all, and more...

Posted by Admin on Sep 11, 2015 12:57:15 PM


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Tags: Chris Rush, Innovation Hub, Joel Rose, LinkedIn, Organizations, Social Innovation News, Amplify Blog, Atlantic, Fixes, New Classrooms, Teach For All, The New York Times, The Resolution Project, Tina Rosenberg, Washington Post, Wendy Kopp

Take 5: "A Sharing Economy Where Teachers Win " and more...

Posted by Admin on Sep 10, 2015 3:34:03 PM


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Tags: African American, Brooklyn, Ecosystem, education, Latino, Math, Native American, New Classrooms Innovation Partners, North Dallas Gazette, NY, Oregon, Oregon Live, Organizations, Personalized Learning, Public School, Racial, Racial Achievement Gap, Sharing Economy, Social Innovation News, Stanford Social Innovation Review, TeachersPayTeachers, Amplify Blog, Cros-Sector, ECONorthwest, EdSurge, New Classrooms, New York, Recess, Teach to One, Teacherpreneur, teaching, The New York Times, venture philanthropy

Take 5: "Excellence in Opera or Saving a Life? Your Choice. " and more...

Posted by Admin on Sep 9, 2015 1:13:01 PM


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Tags: Charity, Classroom, Classroom Design, High School, MindShift, NPR, Opera, Pre-K, Scale, Social Innovation News, Stanford Social Innovation Review, Amplify Blog, Teenagers, The Washington Post, Tulsa, United States, venture philanthropy, Vox

Take 5: "The Biggest And Boldest Ideas For How To Stop Rising Inequality" and more...

Posted by Admin on Sep 8, 2015 12:13:25 PM


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Tags: Al Gore, Bill de Blasio, Bloomberg, Bloomberg Administration, Congress, Elementary and Secondary Education Act, inequality, Institutional Investor, Los Angeles, Los Angeles Unified School District, Mark Ferguson, Mayor Bill de Blasio, Social Innovation News, Amplify Blog, David Blood, de Blasio, EdSurge, EdWeek, esea, Fast Company, Generation Investment Management, Miguel Nogales, Struggling Schools, Technology, The New York Times, U.S. Department of Education, venture philanthropy

Take 5: "Is School For Everyone? Some Say ‘No’" and more...

Posted by Admin on Sep 4, 2015 10:34:48 AM


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Tags: Advanced Placement, AP Exam, High School, MindShift, NPR, PSAT, SAT, Scientific Concepts, Scientists, Social Innovation News, TED Talks, Advanced Placement Program, Ainissa Ramirez, Amplify Blog, AP, College, EdSurge, Entrepreneurs, Facebook, Low Scores, SAT Scores, school, Science Evangelist, Summit Public Schools, The College Board, The Huffington Post, The Washington Post, venture philanthropy

Take 5: "When Mindfulness Meets the Classroom" and more...

Posted by Admin on Sep 3, 2015 3:50:55 PM


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Tags: Boston Public Schools, Classroom, GDP, Gross Domestic Product, ice bucket challenge, Internet Campaigns, Lou Gehrig's, Lou Gehrig's Disease, Sama Group, Samaschool, slacktivism, Social Innovation News, The Atlantic, A.L.S., Amplify Blog, Angela Hanscom, BPS, Fund Raising, mindfulness, Neurodegenerative, Pediatric Occupational Therapist, Preschoolers, Stop Kony, Superintendent, Superintendent Tommy Chang, The Boston Herald, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Time.com, Tommy Changm Bullying, venture philanthropy

Take 5: "5 Pathways to Sustainable Leadership" and more...

Posted by Alexia Tamer on Sep 2, 2015 6:32:40 PM


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Tags: Huffington Post, Social Innovation News, Amplify Blog, Democracy Collaborative, Gallup Poll, Tory Burch Foundation, US News

Take 5: "In Education, How Do We Create a Culture of Experimentation?" and more...

Posted by Admin on Sep 1, 2015 4:00:30 PM


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Tags: education, Leadership Qualities of Effective Principles, Medium, New Schools Venture Fund, Social Innovation News, Amplify Blog, EdWeek, Teacher evaluations

Pay for Success in the Spotlight and Up for Debate

Posted by Admin on Sep 1, 2015 1:48:04 PM


The Pay for Success (PFS) approach to driving resources to, and better outcomes from, social programs has been covered a lot on this blog. New Profit is a strong supporter of the PFS movement through our investment in the Massachusetts Juvenile Justice Pay for Success Initiative (MAPFS) and America Forward's advocacy efforts to build bipartisan support for the approach among policymakers.

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Tags: Pay for Performance, Pay For Success, social entrepreneurship, social innovation, Social Innovation News, America Forward Coalition, Amplify Blog, Social Impact Bonds, Third Sector Capital Partners, venture philanthropy