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"Social Impact Bonds" Come to Washington

Local governments are using a new fundraising tool to solve problems like homelessness and teen pregnancy. With Social Impact Bonds, private investors give money to non-profits to solve problems. If they are successful, government pays them back with interest. If they don't make their goals, they don't get paid. Kojo explores the potential of a business approach to public problems.

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