BALTIMORE, MD--(Marketwire - June 16, 2009) - Social Solutions, the leading provider of performance management software for the human services sector, announced today a special webinar on Thursday, June 25 at 3:00pm EDT, on how to increase funding through performance management. Charity Navigator CEO Ken Berger and the Director of Learning and Evaluation at the Latin American Youth Center (LAYC) Isaac Castillo will engage in conversation about the critical role of performance management in ensuring quality services to clients and securing the funding to keep programs running.

In today's economic climate, the need for services is greater than ever, and so is funders' need to ensure that they invest their limited resources in programs that truly make a difference. Mr. Berger will discuss the increasing demand for information about nonprofit effectiveness and his plans to add a dimension on the social value nonprofits are able to produce to the financial criteria of Charity Navigator's popular online rating system.

"Our website is used by millions of people who are looking to invest in sound nonprofit organizations," said Berger. "We are proud to supply our users, America's charitable givers, with confidence in those charities they choose to support by offering financial efficiency ratings. Of course, a charity's finances are not the final say on its worthiness of support and therefore we are working to add a measure of organizations' ability to produce socially valuable outcomes."

Mr. Castillo will share how a commitment to performance management was instrumental to helping LAYC meet its 2009 fundraising goal in less than six months. The organization's ability to demonstrate to funders that it is producing positive changes in young people's lives -- and continuously improving services -- allowed it to set itself apart from other organizations in an extremely competitive fundraising environment.

Mr. Berger and Mr. Castillo will discuss the implications of changes in the sector and LAYC's experiences for other organizations, including sharing practical advice for how any organization can become performance driven and improve their fundraising success.

"Performance management can seem overwhelming," said Castillo. "But every organization, even the smallest, can do it. Performance management is the only way to know if any organization is truly changing the lives of participants for the better. In addition, those organizations that embrace it will be better suited to succeed and grow. I look forward to sharing our performance management experience through real examples that have fueled LAYC's growth."

Registration is open for the complimentary June 25 webinar at

Founded by human service workers, Social Solutions seeks to revolutionize the effectiveness of human service organizations by helping them align their missions, funders' expectations, and the daily work of their staffs. Their patented ETO (Efforts to Outcomes) Software® and ETO Community solutions are currently in place in several thousand organizations across the United States.

About Social Solutions and ETO Software®

Social Solutions challenges and equips human service providers and their funders to turn good intent into measurable change by relating efforts to outcomes. The company's ETO (Efforts to Outcomes) performance management software, tailored to the unique mission of each nonprofit, gives organizations a clear picture of which efforts are having the greatest impact on the social issues they strive to address. With this knowledge, organizations can reinforce what's working, adjust what isn't, and more easily report quantified successes to key stakeholders.

About Latin American Youth Center (LAYC)

LAYC serves low-income youth and families across the District of Columbia and in Maryland's Prince George's and Montgomery Counties. They operate a regional network of youth centers and public charter schools with a shared commitment to meet young people where they are and help them make a successful transition to young adulthood. LAYC provides multi-lingual, culturally sensitive programs in five areas: Educational Enhancement, Workforce Investment, Social Services, Art + Media, and Advocacy.

About Charity Navigator

Charity Navigator is the largest charity evaluator in America and its website attracts more visitors than all other charity rating groups combined. The organization guides intelligent giving by evaluating the financial health of over 5,400 charities. Charity Navigator is a 501 (c)(3) organization which accepts no advertising or donations from the organizations it evaluates, ensuring unbiased evaluations. Charity Navigator,, can be reached directly by telephone at (201) 818-1288, or by mail at 1200 MacArthur Blvd, 2nd Floor, Mahwah, N.J., 07430

Contact Information: Media Contacts: Melissa Chotiner on behalf of Social Solutions (202) 292-4572