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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 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 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 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.
Posted on 25. Oct, 2011 by Andrew.
Starting with the Obama administration including Social Impact Bonds in the FY12 budget to the Rockefeller Foundation’s recent $500,000 grant to Social Finance US, Social Impact Bonds (SIBs) have become the newest frontier of public innovation and an excellent way to further build social impact markets.
Posted on 10. Mar, 2011 by Andrew.
The establishment of the Social Innovation Fund last year marked a great milestone for the field of social innovation in the United States. As the Corporation for National and Community Service is receiving applications for its 2011 Notice of Funds Opportunity, I want to share a few insights that I believe are relevant to any […]
Posted on 30. Oct, 2009 by Andrew.
One of the most exciting examples of government applying the principles of social innovation for accelerated social impact is the U.S. Department of Education’s (DOE) Investing in Innovation, or i3, Fund (formerly known as the “What Works” fund). As the name suggests, the fund exists to identify and “support local efforts to start or expand […]
Posted on 29. Jun, 2009 by Andrew.
This past weekend I was in Jackson, New Hampshire, where I attended the town’s Covered Bridge Dance. You might be wondering what a Covered Bridge Dance has to do with social innovation. The community gathering was to support the Jackson Firefighters’ Association, the volunteer organization that supports Jackson’s volunteer firefighters. Volunteer fire departments – seems […]