Root Cause is ecstatic to announce that the bi-partisan Medical-Legal Partnership for Health Act, which authorizes $10 million to create a federal Medical-Legal Partnership demonstration and evaluation program, was introduced in both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate on July 29, 2010.
Perspectives: The Official Root Cause Blog
Beginning this Thursday, July 29, the Harvard Kennedy School is letting the public sit in on candid conversations between pairs of social innovation leaders as part of its Power of Social Innovation Series. The webinars will be free with advance registration and, after the conversation, will allow the audience to interact with the presenters. Topics include how government funding affects innovation within social service delivery systems, what happens when social entrepreneurship and government interact, and how to build and mobilize member-based organizations.
Full details and registration information here.
Patrick Corvington, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service, yesterday announced the list of grantees selected for the government's $50 million Social Innovation Fund. The inaugural portfolio consists of 11 intermediary grantees, which will then distribute the funds to an array of competitively selected subgrantees. Twice represented in the latter group is Year Up, a member of Root Cause's own first class of Social Innovators back in 2003.
MA Secretary of Education Paul Reville Discusses School Readiness with Root Cause Social Impact Research
With the generous support of the EOS Foundation, Social Impact Research (SIR), the research division of Root Cause, brought together representatives from the government, philanthropic, and nonprofit sectors at the Omni Parker House on July 7th to discuss school readiness in Massachusetts.
This week Rep. Betty McCollum (D-Minn.) introduced “The Nonprofit Sector and Community Solutions Act” (H.R. 5533). The purpose of this bill is to improve coordination between the nonprofit sector and the federal government by establishing a bipartisan, 16-member U.S. Council on Nonprofit Organizations and Community Solutions, as well as the Interagency Working Group on Nonprofit Organizations and the Federal Government. It would also compile data on the health of the nonprofit sector.
Increasing Access to Health Care through Legal Partnerships: New Article in Philadelphia Social Innovations Journal
As the United States embarks on a new era of health care reform, many organizations are finding new opportunities for innovative partnerships and collaborations across sectors to reduce health disparities.
On a beautiful Wednesday afternoon, the Root Cause staff was able to escape their offices and cubicles for a few hours of gardening with 2008 Social Innovator, CitySprouts, at the Amigos School in Cambridge. While pruning trees and painting plant markers, the staff learned about CitySprouts’ program model and growth.
On Wednesday, May 26, 2010, Root Cause attended an event hosted by Year Up, a 2003 Social Innovator. Year Up supplies young adults with the training and skills they need to pave a promising career path. Root Cause sat in on a mock interview session, which provided the students with an opportunity to practice professionalism and hone the skills and confidence necessary to impress an employer at a job interview.
CEO Andrew Wolk Attends White House Event Unveiling Private Spending Plan for Social Innovation Fund
“By focusing on high-impact results-oriented nonprofits, we will ensure that government dollars are spent in a way that is effective, accountable, and worthy of public trust.”
The Social Enterprise Alliance recently published a book entitled Succeeding at Social Enterprise: Hard-Won Lessons for Nonprofits and Social Entrepreneurs, which includes two chapters by our CEO Andrew Wolk. Andrew's chapters are on business planning and performance measurement; each includes a relevant case study as well as practical steps for organizations looking to use business planning and performance measurement.