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New COVID SBA Lending Program Information and Resources for Nonprofits

Last Friday, President Trump signed into law the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), a $2.2 trillion package that includes a number of programs to provide assistance and relief to our nation’s nonprofits and small businesses. Congress called on the Administration to work quickly to implement these new relief measures so that funding can flow to those
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Looking into the Future of Pay for Success at the Sorenson Winter Innovation Summit

Written by Roger Low, America Forward Policy Director Earlier this month, at the 2020 Sorenson Winter Innovation Summit in Salt Lake City, innovators and leaders in government, philanthropy, impact investing and the nonprofit sector assembled to discuss how to more effectively deploy capital to drive better outcomes for communities across the country. Jim Sorenson, a leader and visionary in the
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“We See Hope.” 100+ Leading Social Entrepreneurs Urge Presidential Candidates to Invest in Learning, Livelihoods, and Government that Delivers

America Forward’s policy briefing book offers a comprehensive blueprint to advance equity and expand opportunity in America.  January 22, 2020 (Washington) - Problem solvers whose work touches 9 million lives across 15,000 communities in America have released a new vision and policy briefing book for the 2020 Presidential candidates and current policymakers.  The book, entitled “United to Move America Forward:
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America Forward Launches Advocacy Institute for Social Entrepreneurs and Innovators

First-of-its-kind effort aims to strengthen the voice of community-based problem solvers in local, state, and federal policy December 13, 2019 (Washington, D.C.): America Forward has announced the launch of its new Advocacy Institute to empower social entrepreneurs, social innovation organizations, and their constituents to more effectively engage in critical policy debates at the local, state, and federal level.  The launch
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America Forward Statement: Encouraging Action by the House Education and Labor Committee on the College Affordability Act

This morning, the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Education and Labor, by a vote of 28-22, passed H.R. 4674, the College Affordability Act to reauthorize the Higher Education Act. Below is America Forward's statement on this step of the reauthorization process: “America Forward is encouraged by the work of the House Committee on Education and Labor to advance the
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America Forward’s Vision for the Future of Pay for Success

By America Forward Policy Director Roger Low Today, the Stanford Social Innovation Review published “The Evolving Promise of Pay for Success,” a piece co-written by Sindhu Lakshmanan, a senior investment associate at Living Cities, a Pay for Success (PFS) investor; Caroline Whistler, co-founder and CEO of Third Sector, a PFS advisor; and me detailing the current state of the PFS
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Want to Deepen Civic Engagement & Strengthen Communities? Support National Service

By Deborah Smolover. Deborah Smolover is a Managing Partner of New Profit and Executive Director of America Forward.  Lately, an idea close to the hearts of many social innovators is gaining traction among Democratic primary candidates: scaling national service.  Within the past few months, Mayor Pete Buttigeig released a policy proposal to build a network of 1 million paid service
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America Forward: August Recess Legislative Update

As Congress enters the August recess, we can enthusiastically report on several recent important bipartisan developments in the U.S. House of Representatives, all on key priorities for members of the America Forward Coalition. We applaud our allies in Congress for this legislative progress, and for working to advance an equity, outcomes and innovation agenda, even when it doesn’t grab national
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What questions would social entrepreneurs ask candidates at this week’s presidential debates?

By Deborah Smolover. Deborah Smolover is a Managing Partner of New Profit and Executive Director of America Forward.  This week, 20 Democratic presidential candidates will debate over two nights in Miami.  Based on debates of the past, we can predict many of the questions the numerous moderators will ask.  But this week we’ve been asking ourselves a different question:  what
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America Forward Announces United to Move America Forward: Campaign Engagement 2020

By Deborah Smolover. Deborah Smolover is a Managing Partner of New Profit and Executive Director of America Forward.  If you had five minutes with each candidate running for President, what would you want them to know? What game-changing policy proposals do our community of innovators want to see signed into law in the first 100 days after the next inauguration?
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