AT A TIME WHEN OUR NATION FEELS DESPERATELY FRAGMENTED, WE SEE HOPE.
United to Move America Forward is a policy briefing book intended for candidates and policymakers at all levels of government who are committed to harnessing the power of government to increase opportunity, advance equity, and achieve sustainable change in America. The transformational policy ideas presented in this playbook stem from the groundbreaking work of over 100 social innovators leading results-driven organizations that are solving America’s biggest problems in communities across the country every day. Their insights, and the lived experiences of the community members their organizations serve, shape the proposals presented on these pages and offer a blueprint for policymakers to transform local results into lasting national impact.
America Forward is the D.C.-based nonpartisan policy initiative of New Profit, a pioneering national venture philanthropy organization that invests in a portfolio of breakthrough social entrepreneurs and systems-change initiatives, catalyzes and builds their impact, and transforms how government and philanthropy pursue social change to ensure that all people can thrive.
America Forward unites social innovators with policymakers to advance a public policy agenda that fosters innovation, rewards results, advances equity, catalyzes cross-sector partnerships, and transforms local impact into national change.
We lead the America Forward Coalition, a network of over 100 social innovation organizations that champion innovative, effective, and efficient solutions to our country’s most pressing social problems. Our Coalition members are achieving measurable outcomes in more than 15,000 communities nationwide; touching the lives of nearly 9 million Americans each year; and driving progress in early childhood development and learning, K-12 education, postsecondary education, workforce development, Pay for Success and evidence-based policy, poverty alleviation, social innovation, national service, criminal justice reform, and public health.
Since 2007, America Forward’s community of innovators and advocates has played a leading role in driving the national dialogue on social innovation policy. Together, our Coalition organizations have successfully advocated for lasting policy change in education, workforce development, and Pay for Success policy; leveraged $1.7 billion for social innovation; and driven millions of federal resources toward programs that are achieving measurable results for those who need them most.
Together we stand United to Move America Forward and offer this policy playbook to advance equity and expand opportunity in America.