Photo via Social Innovation Fund
Photo via Social Innovation Fund

The National Council on Crime and Delinquency, a grantee of the Social Innovation Fund’s Pay for Success program, announced projects in San Diego and two other states to assess feasibility and develop Pay for Success capacity.

Alternatives to Detention and Placement, a program of the San Diego nonprofit the Children’s Initiative will receive technical assistance from NCCD for up to 2 years.

The Children’s Initiative provides leadership, technical assistance, advocacy and cross-system collaboration to improve the lives of children and families. The Children’s Initiative works to assist government, schools and community organizations in being more efficient, increasing investment in prevention and intervention programs, maximizing dollars for direct services in communities, reducing violence and crime, and increasing academic success for our children and youth. For more information about The Children’s Initiative, visit

“NCCD strongly believes that Pay for Success creates a real possibility for sustained, positive change in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems,” said Kathy Park, acting president of NCCD. “We are proud to work with these three extremely dynamic programs to see if this innovative financing will work for them.”

In October, NCCD received $863,959 in investments from the Corporation for National and Community Service’s Social Innovation Fund. As part of the SIF’s Pay for Success Initiative, NCCD is helping strengthen the pipeline of state and local governments and service providers prepared to implement Pay for Success projects across the country.

“The SIF Pay for Success grantees held highly competitive, open competitions to select communities in need of services and here we’re seeing the results of those competitions,” said Lois Nembhard, acting director of the Social Innovation Fund. “We couldn’t be more enthusiastic for NCCD and their selection of programs, all charged with the important mission to measurably improve the lives of people most in need.”

The Social Innovation Fund and its non-federal partners have committed to investing more than $700 million in effective community solutions. NCCD’s project aims to assess feasibility and develop Pay for Success capacity in jurisdictions from the states with the highest rates of racial and ethnic disparities in these systems. NCCD released a request for proposals in December for programs in California, Connecticut, Illinois, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Washington, DC, and Wisconsin.

“We received competitive proposals from states across the country,” said Deirdre O’Connor, Senior Program Specialist at NCCD. “Through careful review and discussion, we selected our final three programs. We look forward to working with each to bring them one step closer to successfully implementing the Pay for Success model.”

The two other programs to receive assistance are the YouthStat, a program of the city of New Haven, Connecticut and One Summer Plus, a program of Milwaukee’s nonprofit Community Advocates Public Policy Institute.