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Social Innovation Fund Report Finds Less than Overwhelming Results

Post date: 
July 2nd, 2015
Article Type: 
External News Article
Article Source: 
The Nonprofit Quarterly

A former staffer with OMB Watch and former vice president of the Alliance for Children and Families, Patrick Lester has been running his own shop, the Social Innovation Research Center, devoted to tracking and reporting on nonprofits that are engaged in social innovation or social impact work. One of his major interests has been tracking the work of the Social Innovation Fund at the Corporation for National and Community Service. Through diligent work, involving a lot of FOIA requests, Lester has produced a report on the current status of the Social Innovation Fund, examining what seem to be its successes and areas where it may not have yet reached its intended results. In addition to reviewing information from SIF, Lester interviewed current and former SIF staff as well as 17 of the 20 SIF grantmaking intermediaries.

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