America Forward is the Washington, D.C.-based nonpartisan policy initiative of New Profit, a pioneering national venture philanthropy organization that invests in a portfolio of breakthrough social entrepreneurs and systems-change initiatives, catalyzes and builds their impact, and transforms how government and philanthropy pursue social change to ensure that all people can thrive.

America Forward unites social innovators with policymakers to advance a public policy agenda that advances equity, fosters innovation, rewards results, catalyzes cross-sector partnerships, and transforms local impact into national change.

We lead the America Forward Coalition, a network of over 100 social innovation organizations that champion innovative, effective, and efficient solutions to our country’s most pressing social problems. Our Coalition members are achieving measurable outcomes in more than 15,000 communities nationwide, touching the lives of nearly 9 million Americans each year. They are driving progress in early childhood development and learning, K-12 education, postsecondary education, workforce development, Pay for Success and evidence-based policy, poverty alleviation, social innovation, national service, criminal justice reform, and public health.

Since 2007, America Forward’s community of innovators and advocates has played a leading role in driving the national dialogue on social innovation policy. Together, our Coalition organizations have successfully advocated for lasting policy change in education, workforce development, and Pay for Success policy; leveraged $1.7 billion for social innovation; and driven millions of federal resources toward programs that are achieving measurable results for those who need them most.


America Forward extends its deep appreciation to the experts, practitioners, and leaders who generously lent their time and wisdom to help articulate the vision for advancing whole-learner approaches to education contained in this roadmap. We also thank America Forward’s education policy and communication advisors who lent their skill and expertise to this project.

Finally, America Forward is grateful for the LEGO Foundation’s partnership and generous support of this project.