Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Case Foundation Executive Tapped to Lead Social Innovation Fund

Recognized leader in philanthropy, innovation and public-private partnerships joins Obama Administration

WASHINGTON, DC The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) has announced that Michael Smith will join their agency as Director of the Social Innovation Fund (SIF) beginning in July.   SIF mobilizes public and private resources to find and grow community-based nonprofits with evidence of strong results. To date, the Fund has awarded $137 million to nonprofit organizations addressing areas such as of economic opportunity, healthy futures and youth development.   CNCS states that Smith’s selection underscores President Obama’s strong commitment to this ground-breaking program that his Administration launched just three years ago.

Michael comes to CNCS after having served as Senior Vice President for Social Innovation at the Case Foundation where he was a member of the senior leadership team and led social innovation strategy, including investments, programs and partnerships. He guided the Foundation’s entrepreneurial approach to giving, designed and managed creative campaigns to expand giving and engagement and played a key role in the design and management of numerous highly regarded public-private partnerships with the Case Foundation’s co-founders, the Obama and Bush Administrations, and leading corporations and philanthropies. He recently led the Case Foundation’s Be Fearless Campaign.

Wendy Spencer, CEO of CNCS stated, “I’ve known Michael for many years, first meeting him when he worked with Jean Case and me on the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation. His passion for strengthening communities in need, his creative and innovative approach as well as his gregarious and collaborative nature have made him a joy to work with over the years, and gives me great excitement about his leadership of the SIF.”

Michael shares, “I am truly humbled to have the opportunity to join the Obama Administration, serving alongside such a dedicated team at CNCS and the White House so committed to changing lives and transforming communities.  I could not be more excited to tackle the opportunities and challenges facing the Social Innovation Fund and our trailblazing partners.  As community needs increase and traditional funding sources shift, innovative approaches, uncommon alliances and fearless leaders will be the mark of communities and institutions that thrive.  I look forward to working with our team to build on the tremendous work already done by the SIF – doing more of what works and disrupting, retooling and reimagining the rest.”

Source: Press release/CNCS

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