The University of Notre Dame says $10 million in funding from an anonymous benefactor will create two faculty positions for "world-class scholars" and boost a seed fund at the Wilson Sheehan Lab for Economic Opportunities. LEO, launched five years ago, is a research center in the university’s economics department that focuses on reducing poverty through evidence-based programs and policies. The new Social Innovation Fund, supported by the new funding, bolsters promising pilot projects, seed-level programs and evaluations of scaled-up anti-poverty efforts.
The search for the new faculty members will begin soon. LEO co-founder William Evans says "we are humbled by this generous support and honored to continue to fight poverty in this uniquely Notre Dame endeavor. Ultimately, this generosity will allow us to identify more programs that lift families out of poverty and will significantly broaden the impact of LEO’s work."
The lab’s work aims to influence criminal justice, self-sufficiency, education, health, housing and homelessness public policies. You can connect to more about the funding and the work of LEO by clicking here.