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  • Executive Actions to Accelerate Impact Investing to Create Jobs and Strengthen Communities

    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.


  • A Call to Action for Off-Grid Energy in Africa

    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.


  • Social Innovation Fund: New Competition, More Opportunity

    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.


  • Iowa Launches First-in-the-Nation Governor’s Council on National Service

    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.


  • Announcing the Special Envoy for U.S. Holocaust Survivor Services

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


  • MLK Day 2014: Start a Year of Citizen Action

    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.


  • Building the Evidence Base for What Works

    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.


  • Celebrate #GivingTuesday

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


  • Helping Social Entrepreneurs Tackle Global Development Challenges

    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.


  • Building a Smarter, More Efficient Government through “Pay for Success”

    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.


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