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  • Posted by Byron Auguste, Tom Kalil and Jonathan Greenblatt on June 25, 2014 at 8:49 AM

    Today, at a White House roundtable on impact investing, senior Administration officials met with more than 20 private-sector investors answering the President’s call to action by announcing their new commitments to make more than $1.5 billion in investments that intentionally generate sound financial return as well as measurable social or environmental impact.



  • Posted by Jonathan Greenblatt and Robynn Sturm Steffen on May 12, 2014 at 12:14 PM

    The President launched Power Africa almost one year ago to double access to power in Sub-Saharan Africa. Exploring opportunities to unlock further investment in and growth of small-scale energy systems at the household and village level, the Administration recently hosted two events to engage nearly 60 impact investors and venture philanthropists interested in small-scale energy investment in Africa.



  • Posted by Jonathan Greenblatt on February 25, 2014 at 1:42 PM

    The Social Innovation Fund announces its fourth open competition, making available $65.8 million in grant funding for intermediary organizations that want to accelerate the growth of effective, evidence-based community solutions.



  • Posted by Wendy Spencer on February 17, 2014 at 8:01 PM

    The Governor’s Council on National Service will engage leaders from state agencies, higher education, and the private sector to make recommendations on how to expand national service and volunteer opportunities in Iowa.



  • Posted by Jonathan Greenblatt on January 24, 2014 at 3:02 PM

    The Administration is undertaking a targeted effort to support the needs of Holocaust survivors living in the United States.



  • Posted by Wendy Spencer and Jonathan Greenblatt on January 17, 2014 at 11:30 AM

    Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. dedicated his life to improving the world in which he lived—and challenged the rest of us to do the same. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service will honor his legacy as hundreds of thousands of Americans pay tribute by serving their communities.



  • Posted by Tom Kalil and Jonathan Greenblatt on December 17, 2013 at 5:06 PM

    Well-conducted randomized controlled trials (RCTs) are widely regarded as the most scientifically-credible means of evaluating the impact of programs operating at scale. That’s why we’re excited about a competition the nonprofit, nonpartisan Coalition for Evidence-Based Policy is running, with funding from the Laura and John Arnold Foundation and the Annie E. Casey Foundation.



  • Posted by Jonathan Greenblatt on November 26, 2013 at 1:25 PM

    #GivingTuesday is a worldwide effort to raise awareness and motivate action for the common good.



  • Posted by Jonathan Greenblatt and Robynn Sturm Steffen on November 25, 2013 at 3:58 PM

    Last Monday, in the midst of National Entrepreneurship Month and as countries around the world celebrated Global Entrepreneurship Week, the USAID and the Government of Sweden rolled out a new $15 million competition to support entrepreneurs who are strengthening global food security through market-based solutions that reduce water scarcity in the food supply chain.



  • Posted by Jonathan Greenblatt on November 20, 2013 at 11:15 AM

    Pay for Success is an innovative approach for the government to partner with philanthropic and private investors to fund proven and promising practices, significantly enhancing the return on taxpayer investments.