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CEO Reflections: Vanessa Kirsch on Baltimore, the Movement for Change and Criminal Justice System Reform

I’m writing in reflection of what has happened in Baltimore, New York, Ferguson, Cleveland, Florida and so many other communities across America. Our thoughts continue to be with the families – from Freddie Gray’s in Baltimore to Brian Moore’s in New York and far too many others – that have been touched by recent tragedy. Their pain is a constant

America Forward Builds Momentum for Education, Pay for Success

It has been a busy couple of weeks for New Profit's policy arm, America Forward, which advocates for innovative public policy that leads to better outcomes and more efficient use of resources. Above photo: Youth workers from Roca, a New Profit grantee dedicated to reducing recidivism, speak with a young program participant. Last week, America Forward was deeply engaged as the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor

Real Momentum Behind ‘Pay for Success’

Defying prevailing political winds, Congress has passed, and President Obama just signed into law, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) -- the first update to federal workforce programs in nearly 15 years. This unique moment of bipartisan, bicameral unity is notable not solely for its rarity within the current climate of legislative inertia,  but because WIOA will provide critical