California Pay for Success Initiative

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Nonprofit Finance Fund and The James Irvine Foundation have launched the California Pay for Success Initiative, a $6.6 million effort to catalyze innovative approaches to paying for improved social services throughout the state.

Launched in 2014, the California Pay for Success Initiative has provided flexible funding and expert support to help nonprofit and government leaders structure Pay for Success agreements in California. In addition to helping finalize these agreements, the Initiative has nurtured a cohort of leaders that will learn from each other and share knowledge as they take Pay for Success from concept to reality.

Project Updates & Initiative Reports

  • On November 6, 2017 Ventura County launched the Project to support re-entry
  • On October 3, 2017 Los Angeles County launched the Just in Reach Pay for Success program
  • On February 8, 2017 Santa Clara County launched Partners in Wellness, the first mental health Pay for Success project 
  • In November 2016, Nonprofit Finance Fund selected Ventura County and the Alameda County Justice Project to join the initiative.
  • On August 14, 2015, Santa Clara County launched Project Welcome Home, a significant initiative to measurably improve the lives of vulnerable community members while helping to find permanent solutions to the complex and costly problems associated with homelessness. The project is the first Pay for Success initiative in California, and was developed with early support and resources from the California Pay for Success Initiative.
  • In August 2015, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors selected the Just in Reach program as the first project for the County to pursue in the Pay for Success context.
  • In August 2015, Nonprofit Finance Fund selected Alameda County to join the Initiative, and awarded additional support to several members of the cohort.
  • In June 2015, the Children and Families Commission of Orange County completed its Phase I Feasibility Assessment.
  • In August 2014, Nonprofit Finance Fund released the first California PFS Initiative Field Report: Applicant Readiness and Needs.
  • A sixth award was made on June 30, 2014 to the Children and Families Commission of Orange County and First 5 LA.
  • On May 5, 2014, five projects, organized by leaders exploring the Pay for Success model for funding social services, were selected by Nonprofit Finance Fund to be part of the California Pay for Success Initiative.

 For more information about this initiative, or if you are interested in providing support to leaders pursuing PFS projects and receiving awards under this initiative, please contact: Kimberly Bailey, Manager, at [email protected]