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News and Information
November 8, 2018
November 7, 2018 - 'Tis the season of giving; and the chances are, families and residents across the county will be involved in a number of charitable efforts this holiday season. One way Fairfax County residents participate in giving back is through donating food and other household items to local food pantries and other non-profit organizations who specialize in providing these items to those in need. Community Capacity Builder, Dawn Hyman, joined the "County Conversation" to talk about the need for food in Fairfax County and how residents can be sure that their generous contributions can have the most impact in their community. Related: Fairfax County Food Providers Network
October 23, 2018
Fairfax County is seeking public input in an effort to validate community priorities for committing county funds to address human services needs. The county’s Consolidated Community Funding Pool (CCFP) is an allocation of funds earmarked by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors to be administered to local nonprofits and community-based organizations as an investment in programs and services that fill identified needs within communities across the county. Funding is awarded on a two-year cycle. In preparation for the next funding cycle (FY2021-2022), beginning July 1, 2020, county staff is gathering insight and feedback from the community on the current CCFP priority areas: Housing Literacy/Educational Development/Attainment Financial Stability Health Support/Community/Social Networks Positive Behaviors and Healthy Relationships Your feedback is important. Please take a moment to share your thoughts and opinions by taking the Community Feedback Survey online. Additionally, paper copies of the survey will be available at the county's Community Centers and Regional Libraries. The survey will be available until Saturday, December 15, 2018. All responses will be anonymous. Learn More: Fairfax County Consolidated Community Funding Pool
April 3, 2018
Fairfax County was announced as one of four national recipients of a partnership grant aimed at developing some of the nation’s first Outcomes Rate Cards—an innovative “pay-for-performance” approach to social contracting and financing which incentivizes the achievement of desired outcomes. As a recipient of this unique partnership opportunity, the Department of Neighborhood and Community Services will work closely with the organization at the forefront of this new approach, Social Finance, in the implementation of this new funding model for social programs. “This is an exciting opportunity for us to work with and benefit from the expertise of Social Finance in developing and implementing this new financing model for programs funded through the Partners in Prevention Fund,” said Jesse Ellis, Prevention Manager with the Department of Neighborhood and Community Services. “By creating and implementing Outcomes Rate Cards to incentivize desired outcomes, we expect not only to see enhanced efficiency in our funding of these programs, but also improved outcomes in the lives of whom these programs affect.” The Partners in Prevention Fund provides seed funding to non-government organizations to provide 11 specifically-defined social programs designed to meet existing needs throughout the county. The partnership will initially focus on the development of Outcomes Rate Cards for two of these programs – Strengthening Families: For Parents and Youth 10-14 and Families Reunite. Strengthening Families is an evidence-based program aimed at preventing child abuse and neglect, improving parent-child relationships, and preventing risky behavior (such as substance use) among children. Families Reunite serves reunifying families, who are at increased risk for academic problems, gang involvement, substance use, and mental health problems. The Outcomes Rate Card Development Competition is supported by a 2016 award from the Social Innovation Fund (SIF) – a program of the Corporation for National and Community Service. Social Finance was awarded funding as part of SIF’s Round 2 Pay for Success Grants Competition, which seeks to build the pipeline of Pay for Success projects for local governments. ### About Social Finance Social Finance is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to mobilizing capital to drive social progress. Social Finance is committed to using Pay for Success to tackle complex social challenges, facilitate greater access to services for vulnerable populations, and direct capital to evidence-based social programs – all with the goal of measurably improving the lives of people most in need. Social Finance has deep experience in the design and implementation of Pay for Success projects, from early-stage feasibility assessment, to project development and capital formation, to post-launch performance management and investment support. Social Finance’s sister organization, Social Finance UK, pioneered the first social impact bond in the world. About the Corporation for National and Community Service The Corporation for National and Community Service is the federal agency for volunteering, service, and civic engagement. The agency engages millions of Americans in citizen service through its AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, and Volunteer Generation Fund programs, and leads the nation's volunteering and service efforts. For more information, visit NationalService.gov.
About the Health & Human Services System
This is agency is a part of the Fairfax County Health & Human Services System (HHS). The HHS System is a network of county agencies and community partners that support the well-being of all who live, work, and play in Fairfax County.