Most social-service organizations are funded according to a count of their activities, or outputs. A nonprofit dedicated to fighting homelessness is likely to be paid according to how many people they shelter on a given night. Their funding – despite their mission and passion – doesn’t drive a focus on outcomes, such as how many people move into permanent housing, or progress against the root causes of homelessness.
We are among the pioneering voices encouraging a shift in the US social sector, toward a system in which funding is increasingly tied to the ability to demonstrate that high-quality social services produce results for those in need.
NFF is working proactively on many fronts to inform and propel this shift. Along with our partners, the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, we have published a book and launched a nationwide dialogue around what it takes to move the social sector toward outcomes. We have hosted events in New York, San Francisco, and Washington, DC, engaging experts from the nonprofit, philanthropic, government, and academic sectors.
Click here to see an explanatory video that outlines the differences between "outputs" and "outcomes."
Learn more at investinresults.org.