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.

January 17, 2018 

NFF Opens 8th State of the Nonprofit Sector Survey

NFF’s Survey gathers quantitative and qualitative data from thousands of organizations of all sizes, missions, and geographies. 

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January 17, 2018 

Paying for social outcomes: A review of the global impact bond market in 2017

Emily Gustafsson-Wright and Izzy Boggild-Jones

When 2017 concluded, 32 new impact bonds were put into play, bringing the total active impact bonds to 108 and several more in development. What Matters author Emily Gustafsson-Wright details the characteristics of these bonds, including their geographic spread, sector focus, number of beneficiaries, and what we can expect to see in 2018.

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January 17, 2018 

Paying for social outcomes: A review of the global impact bond market in 2017

Emily Gustafsson-Wright and Izzy Boggild-Jones

When 2017 concluded, 32 new impact bonds had been put into play, bringing the total active impact bonds to 108 with several more in development. What Matters author Emily Gustafsson-Wright details the characteristics of these bonds, including their geographic spread, sector focus, number of beneficiaries, and what we can expect to see in 2018.

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January 9, 2018 

Using Pay for Success in Medicaid Managed Care and Value-Based Purchasing Initiatives

Diana Crumley, JD, MPAff and Allison Hamblin, MSPH

What Matters author Allison Hamblin discusses how Pay for Success can support Medicaid managed care programs and values-based purchasing initiatives that are looking to provide more efficient care.

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January 9, 2018 

[Review] What Matters: Investing in Results to Build Strong, Vibrant Communities

Philanthropy News Digest reviews our recently-released book, What Matters: Investing in Results to Build Strong, Vibrant Communities.

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December 26, 2017 

New 'Impact Security' Could Revolutionize Philanthropy

Devin Thorpe

A new Wall Street security known as an "Impact Security" aims to change philanthropy by allowing nonprofits to issue securities to private investors. The money then gets used by the nonprofit to fund programs that have a measurable impact, and is paid back by philanthropic guarantors rather than the nonprofit themselves.

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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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