A New Way to Fund Social Programs?

Could Social Impact Bonds - where private investors fund social programs up front and get returns based on their success - change how we fund youth and family services in the United States? The White House recently partnered with the Nonprofit Finance Fund to discuss the possibilities.

"My head is swirling with both the potential - and the possible unintended consequences," writes Elizabeth Gaines, who was there.

The Forum's policy director explains how the bonds would work and what the impact might be.

Publishing Date: 
November 17, 2011