The Obama Administration’s Social Innovation Fund:An In-depth Interview with Director Paul Carttar

Recently, I interviewed Paul Carttar, Director of the Social Innovation Fund–an initiative of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) intended to improve the lives of people in low-income communities. It does so by mobilizing public and private resources to grow promising, innovative community-based solutions that have evidence of compelling impact in three areas of priority need: economic opportunity, healthy futures, and youth development.

The Corporation for National and Community Service is a U.S. federal agency that engages more than 5 million Americans in service through its Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, and Learn and Serve America programs, and leads President Obama’s national call to service initiative, United We Serve. For more information, visit

Rahim Kanani: What does the phrase “social innovation” mean for the Administration, and why should the United States sharpen its focus and attention on social innovators?

Paul Carttar: For the purposes of the Social Innovation Fund, social innovation refers to “the development and eventual scaling of promising and potentially transformative community-based approaches that solve critical problems.”

To read the full interview, please follow the link to the Huffington Post, where this item was originally posted.