Stories of Impact from the Social Innovation Fund
The Social Innovation Fund is an initiative of the Corporation for National and Community Service that seeks to transform lives by catalyzing broader impact of effective nonprofits in communities across the United States.
To share information about Social Innovation Fund grantees, GEO, through the Scaling What Works initiative, and the Corporation for National and Community Service are collecting stories that feature individuals and families who have benefitted from the programs and services of nonprofits receiving support through the Social Innovation Fund.
You can also read these stories on the National Service blog here.
Taller San Jose
Taller San Jose is nonprofit organization that specializes in helping at-risk youth prepare for and achieve gainful and sustainable employment. TSJ is receiving support through REDF and the Social Innovation Fund to grow their social enterprise general contracting company, Hope Builders Inc., that extends the agency's mission by hiring the program's graduates to complete remodelization and rehabilitation work throughout Southern California. Hope Builders creates jobs for youth who have significant obstacles to employment, gives them an opportunity to refine their skill set by working side-by-side with master tradesmen, and aims to fast-track them to living-wage employment in the construction industry. This story features Manny, a young adult who completed Taller San Jose's job training program in construction, and received additional work experience through Hope Builders that allowed him to achieve long-term, sustainable employment in the construction industry. + more.
The 10th Decile Project
The 10th Decile Project, funded by CSH and the Social Innovation Fund and implemented through the Los Angeles Economic Roundtable and OPCC, identifies homeless individuals who are the heaviest users of public services such as hospitals, and provides them with immediate and on-going supportive housing. This story tracks the impact of the 10th Decile Project on Scotty, a formely homeless individual with high levels of medical need, who was able to stabilize his health and maintain a home through the support of OPCC and the 10th Decile Project. + more
Books in Action
Books in Action is one of four kindergartner readiness programs in Cincinatti and Northern Kentucky to benefit from a public-private partnership between the Social Innovation Fund, the United Way of Greater Cincinnati
, the Strive Partnership
, and more than a dozen local funders committed to improving outcomes for Cincinnati youth. This story focuses on Orlando, a preschooler living in a low-income neighborhood of Cincinnati. + more
Champlain Housing Trust
Champlain Housing Trust is an innovative homeownership program receiving support from the Social Innovation Fund and NCB Capital Impact. Champlain Housing Trust helps income-eligible families and individuals to achieve homeownership through a shared equity program that keeps homes in the community affordable. Champlain Housing Trust also provides down payment assistance to income-eligible applicants, and community homeownership courses that teach potential homebuyers everything they need to know about purchasing a home, from maintenance costs to credit ratings and mortgage rates. This story focuses on Jodi, a first time home buyer in Burlington, Vt. who was able to afford a home in her community with the assistance of the Champlain Housing Trust. + more