The Social Innovation Fund was authorized by the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act to increase the reach and impact of promising, results-oriented nonprofit organizations addressing our nation's most intractable problems. The fund will support the development of tools and data that enable organizations to demonstrate the impact of their programs and in doing so will raise the bar for the evidentiary basis on which government and philanthropy make funding decisions. To help ensure that SIF maximizes its potential impact, the Council on Foundations (Arlington, VA) has sponsored a project, led by The Bridgespan Group, to identify lessons learned about scaling effective programs. A grant to the Council would allow the organization to share the resulting insights and examples with interested policy makers, Council members and others interested in how a social innovation fund can be most effective. (New, $70,000/3 months; 13% of project budget)
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Grants to this Grantee
for general operating support
Council on Foundations members include independent, operating, community, public, and corporate foundations, as well as corporate giving programs in the United States and abroad. Through its annual conference, regional issue-based salons, online Philanthropy Exchange platform, and other offerings, the council aims to “provide the opportunity, leadership, and tools needed by philanthropic organizations to expand, enhance, and sustain their ability to advance the common good.” With this grant, we provide general operating support.
for work on the regulatory approval of a repository of equivalency determinations
The Council on Foundations has been supporting the development of a centralized repository of equivalency determinations by working with the Internal Revenue Service to get regulatory approval of a centralized repository of equivalency determinations. This would allow grantmakers to rely on the repository in lieu of a legal opinion, which is required today. This project is further described in the TechSoup Global proposal #7753.