Last month Tisch College Board Members Pam Omidyar, Alan Solomont, and Vanessa Kirsch attended the launch of the the White House’s Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation, which they helped to develop. Authorized at $50 million through the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act, the fund will evaluate some of the most promising non-profits in communities across the country and help provide funding for the most successful ones in order to increase their impact.

Vanessa Kirsch, J87 is the President and Founder of New Profit Inc. New Profit is a national venture philanthropy fund that unites engaged philanthropists with visionary social entrepreneurs to grow their social innovations to scale. A leader in the social entrepreurship movement, Kirsch contributed significantly to the development of the Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation.

Pam Omidyar, J89 founded HopeLab, a nonprofit organization that combines the highest standards of scientific research with innovative solutions to improve the health and quality of life for young people with chronic illness. HopeLab was featured at the launch event.

Alan Solomont, A70 is Chair for the Corporation for National and Community Service and is also Chairman and CEO of Solomont Bailis Ventures, whose mission is to launch innovative health and eldercare ventures. He was formerly the founder and CEO of the A.D.S Group, a broad and innovative network of post-acute, eldercare services.

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Originally Published August 2009