Pay for Success

How It Works

Pay for Success is an innovative funding model that drives government resources toward social programs that provide measurable results to the people who need them most. In Pay for Success projects, strong service providers are selected to deliver high quality, preventative programs with pre-defined, targeted community outcomes. Mission-driven investors cover the upfront costs of delivering these programs. If the predetermined goals are achieved, as measured by an independent evaluator, the government repays those who made the original investment for programs that have effectively addressed community issues. 

Learn more about how Pay for Success works.

The Community Foundation of Utah is the financial and legal intermediary for the current Salt Lake County Pay for Success Initiative. 

Current Salt Lake County Pay for Success Projects


Selected Provider: First Step House


Selected Provider: The Road Home 

Read an update on the program.

Read the highlights of the lessons and contributions from these and other pioneering Pay for Success projects stack up in the Pay for Success: The First 25 report.