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The Outcomes Road to a More Effective Social Sector

Resources for Media as National Dialogue Launches

Press Release – NEW YORK – May 30, 2017 – An important innovation is happening in the US social sector today – a shift toward an outcomes orientation, in which funding is tied to the ability to demonstrate that high-quality social services produce results for those in need.

On June 5, Nonprofit Finance Fund (NFF) and the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco kick off a nationwide dialogue around outcomes, with publication of a book of expert essays and a series of events with speakers including Linda Gibbs of Bloomberg Associates, Zia Khan of The Rockefeller Foundation, Andrew Plepler of Bank of America, Muzzy Rosenblatt of BRC, and Darren Walker of Ford Foundation.

Launch events take place June 5 in New York, June 13 in San Francisco, and September 12 in Washington, DC. Media interested in attending these events must obtain a confirmed reservation from one of the media contacts listed below by June 2 for New York, June 9 for San Francisco, and August 29 for Washington, DC. The June 13 San Francisco event will be livestreamed via In addition, NFF can help connect you with speakers, authors, and other experts, as well as resources to explain and illustrate many aspects of this important field.

Some experts:

  • Antony Bugg-Levine, CEO, Nonprofit Finance Fund (impact investing; community investment; how nonprofits and their supporters can move toward an outcomes-oriented social sector)
  • David Erickson, director of community development, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco (community investment, why the social sector works the way it does today, and it needs to move toward outcomes orientation)
  • Kerry Herlihy Sullivan, president, Bank of America Charitable Foundation (investing in nonprofit leadership and the skills needed for outcomes-based approaches)
  • Muzzy Rosenblatt, president and CEO, BRC (why and how a nonprofit serving the homeless shifted to an outcomes orientation, and how that shift serves their clients)
  • Terri Ludwig, president and CEO, Enterprise Community Partners (models and policy solutions to foster the shift to outcomes)
  • Tyler Norris, chief executive, Institute for Mental Health and Wellness (outcomes at the intersection of healthcare and community services, population health)
  • Zia Khan, vice president of initiatives and strategy, The Rockefeller Foundation (culture shifts needed to move to outcomes)

Some resources:

  • The contents of the book, What Matters: Investing in Results to Build Strong, Vibrant Communities, are available at
  • Learn more about the campaign at
  • Learn about the outcomes vanguard Pay for Success at
  • Using short-term data to justify spending cuts is dangerous, The Hill (4/10/17)

About Nonprofit Finance Fund

NFF advances missions and social progress in underserved communities through financing, consulting, partnerships, and knowledge-sharing that empower leaders, organizations, and ideas. A leading Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI), NFF has $250 million in assets under management and has provided $620 million in financing and access to additional capital in support of over $2.3 billion in projects for thousands of organizations nationwide. Visit to learn more about our work and follow us on Funding for the Invest in Results campaign is generously provided to NFF by Bank of America Charitable Foundation, Ford Foundation, The Kresge Foundation, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Omidyar Network, The Robin Hood Foundation, and The Rockefeller Foundation.

About the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco

The Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco (SF Fed) promotes low inflation, full employment and financial stability and serves the Twelfth Federal Reserve District, which includes the nine western states—Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Washington—plus American Samoa, Guam, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. The SF Fed’s community development team works with a wide range of organizations to create economic opportunity for lower income Americans by developing and connecting best practices and emerging ideas with organizations positioned to make meaningful change in communities. Follow us on Twitter at

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