On October 31, Generation Next hosted an event to celebrate an important milestone in the work of the six Generation Next Social Innovation Fund subgrantees: AchieveMPLS, College Possible, Serve Minnesota, Saint Paul Public Schools Foundation, Way to Grow, and Wilder Foundation. The October 31st celebration, held at Twin Cities United Way, marked the completion of Evaluation Plans, which help programs and evaluators think through the issues involved in following through with their rigorous evaluations.
The Social Innovation Fund (SIF) seeks to identify high-performing, innovative nonprofits that demonstrate expertise, impact and ability to scale against one or more of the Twin Cities Generation Next’s five goals. Generation Next received a two-year, $2 million dollar award in July 2012 from the Corporation of National and Community Service (CNCS). The award entailed a potential to receive a total funding up to a total of $5 million dollars over the course of a possible five years. As a part of a mutli-phase plan, this first phase of Generation Next’s Social Innovation Fund (SIF) initiative focuses on programs serving children and youth residing in the cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul. However, in the future, phases of the partnership will likely expand to encompass suburban communities that similarly face educational challenges.
To date, the SIF award, combined with private matching funds, has enabled Generation Next to make subgrants to organizations serving youth in Minneapolis and St. Paul in the amount of $200,000-$300,000 each over a two-year period. For more information on the individual organizations themselves, please direct your browser to these links: