Social Impact Bonds: Using Impact Investment to Expand Effective Social Programs

Published Monday, April 1, 2013 | by Tracy Palandjian, Luther Ragin, Jr.

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With 39 authors and 22 essays, Volume Nine, Issue One of the Federal reserve Bank of San Francisco's Community Development Investment Review is one of the largest yet.

This particular article focuses on how impact investors in SIBs can help drive improved performance in the US social sector while providing growth capital to effective nonprofit or social enterprise social service providers. The true power of SIBs lies in the discipline that investors can bring to the process of provider selection and delivery of social services. When government, investor, and provider expectations are aligned, SIBs have the potential to bring significant new capital and efficiencies to social service delivery.