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Posted on 06. Mar, 2014 by Andrew.
Yesterday, Andrew Wolk opened WBUR’s On Point radio show to talk about President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper initiative. He joined the mayor of Gary, Indiana, Karen Freeman-Wilson, who talked about schools, jobs, prisons, unemployment, and the President’s push to help young men of color. Listen here.
Posted on 05. Mar, 2014 by Andrew.
I was flying home from Milwaukee four years ago after attending a convening held by Open Society Foundations Campaign for Black Male Achievement. The two days had a dramatic impact on me—hearing the data and countless personal stories of the challenges black men and boys face in the United States was alarming, emotionally draining, and enlightening. […]
Posted on 29. Jan, 2014 by Andrew.
In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, The Nonprofit Coach Radio Show dedicated its entire episode to highlighting the work of the Institute for Black Male Achievement (IBMA), a national membership network of 1,800 organizations and leaders dedicated to improving life outcomes for black men and boys. David Banks, a BMA Innovator who is […]
Posted on 15. Oct, 2013 by Andrew.
It has been 15 months since my last blog post, more than three years since I joined many of my colleagues at the White House for the launch of the Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation, and close to 10 years since I founded Root Cause. As I reflect back on all that I have […]
Posted on 06. Aug, 2013 by Andrew.
Our veterans are broadly viewed as heroes and role models, but our admiration for their service has not translated into a national agenda to serve our veterans. Many lack access to gainful employment, vocational training, disability services, and support for their families. Mental health issues are widespread, and in 2010, 22 veterans committed suicide every day.
Posted on 11. Apr, 2012 by Andrew.
Earlier this year, I asked everyone working within the social innovation field why we were not spreading proven approaches faster. I also said that the answer lay in linking resources to performance. When we efficiently connect resources to the highest performing organizations, we can truly start to spread approaches that work. Today, I ask: How? […]
Posted on 05. Mar, 2012 by Andrew.
When it comes to accelerating progress on difficult social issues, I believe that we must focus singularly on directing resources towards programs based on performance. I also believe that the funder is the central driver of this process. With limited resources trying to make progress on unlimited needs, “doing more with less” must focus on […]
Posted on 16. Feb, 2012 by Andrew.
Exploring Social Impact Markets: Examples from the Field Presented by: Andrew Wolk, founder and CEO, Root Cause In Conversation with Sheila Cody Peterson Shawn Dove, vice president of corporate citizenship, State Street Corporation Shawn Dove, campaign manager, Campaign for Black Male Achievement, Open Society Foundations, US Programs Bob Giannino-Racine, CEO, ACCESS Date: Wednesday, February 29, 2012 […]
Posted on 13. Feb, 2012 by Andrew.
Last week at New Profit’s Gathering of Leaders conference, I had the privilege of facilitating a session with Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Jim Anderson, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, and Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. The conversation revolved around collaboration between mayors’ offices and private and public sector organizations. More specifically, it presented lessons on how mayors […]
Posted on 30. Jan, 2012 by Andrew.
Last week marked a milestone for social impact markets. Massachusetts became the first state in the U.S. to issue an RFR (Request for Response) for Social Impact Bonds or ‘Pay for Success’ contracts as dubbed in the RFR. While not as sexy a term as ‘Social Impact Bond’, ‘Pay for Success contract’ serves as a more appropriate title, as it orients government towards the need of allocating resources based on performance. This orientation towards linking resources to performance will in turn further solidify the infrastructure and tools for social impact markets. In the past few months, the concept of Social Impact Bonds or Pay for Success contracts has garnered an enormous amount of attention. While I have already written about Social Impact Bonds, and Root Cause has also hosted a forum featuring Kennedy School Professor Jeffrey Liebman – an advisor for the state – it is important to mark this milestone. It represents enormous change, and signifies the hope I have of being able to continue this momentum.