Monthly Archives: April 2011
April 28, 2011, 12:24 pm
We are now one step closer to discovering whether the Social Innovation Fund, the new federal grant program designed to help nonprofits expand effective social projects, will fulfill its promise.
Following a controversy last summer over charges that its awards process was too secretive, the fund has fallen out of the headlines. But the 11 organizations that won a total of $50-million in the first round of grants have been quietly going about distributing the money to the nonprofit groups that will actually do the work.
Among the highlights of how the 11 groups decided to give away their money:
• The grant makers—which included groups like Venture Philanthropy Partners, United Way of Greater Cincinnati, and AIDS United—awarded money to 138 groups.
• When all private matching funds are secured, it is expected that they will have raised $130 million in additional money, …
April 28, 2011, 10:57 am
Overhauling education is a hot topic. It has conflict—most often between “ reformers” and teachers unions. It has rock stars who grace the covers of news magazines, appear on “60 Minutes,” and even star in the occasional movie—people like Michelle Rhee, the former Washington public-schools leader, and Harlem Children’s Zone leader Geoffrey Canada.
It also happens to center on a vitally important issue: education.
Less well known (and perhaps less advanced) is a second movement that has been brewing for several years. It has its own controversies and its own central players. They include the organizations in America Forward, a coalition of nonprofits that promote social enterprise and innovation, and journals like the Stanford Social Innovation Review.
They also include organizations with a foot in each movement, such as the Harlem Children’s Zone, KIPP charter schools, …