Our mission:

Living Cities harnesses the collective power of philanthropy, financial institutions and local governments to close racial income and wealth gaps in American cities.

Open-Sourcing Social Change.

We work at the intersections of information, people, story, and technology to accelerate the uptake of promising solutions to social problems.

Collective Impact.

We support ambitious data-driven, results-oriented cross-sector tables who work together differently to achieve large-scale results and enduring change.

Capital Innovation.

We blend public, private and philanthropic financial resources in new ways to better meet the needs of cities and their residents.

Public Sector Innovation.

We work with public sector leaders to foster more nimble, collaborative, and data-driven local governments.

Where We Work

See all of the cities where we work. This map also features cities participating in our Integration Initiative, including highlighting our other work in those places.

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What We’re Thinking

Blog Post Shannon Jordy on Oct 21, 2020

How to Infuse Learning Throughout Your Organization 

In the penultimate post of our Learning, Storytelling and Results series, Senior Associate and Content Strategy Lead Shannon Jordy describes how Living Cities has built and sustained a robust learnin…

Blog Post Shannon Jordy & Elizabeth Reynoso on Oct 15, 2020

#WealthInColor: Accessing Albuquerque's Entrepreneurial Ecosystem 

In the latest #WealthInColor infographic, Living Cities and its local partners offer a visual representation of what exists for entrepreneurs in Albuquerque and what doesn’t, so that ecosystem builde…

Resource on Oct 5, 2020

White Women: Its Time To Be Anti-Racist 

Blog Post Joanna Carrasco on Oct 7, 2020

Reimagining Our Realities through Storytelling 

In the fourth piece of a multi-part series from Living Cities' Learning, Storytelling and Results team, Joanna Carrasco shares her insights on the importance of using storytelling for racial equity.

Blog Post Megan McGlinchey & Crystal Li on Sep 30, 2020

Bringing Heart to Data: How to Measure the Unmeasurable 

In the previous blog in this series, we shared how the Emergent Learning framework helps us set hypotheses, find learning opportunities, and generate insights as part of our day-to-day work. But the …

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Safety and Justice Challenge 

Blog Post Sevetri Wilson on Sep 28, 2020

Building Stronger Relationships Between Governments and Nonprofits 

Blog Post Jeff Raderstrong on Sep 23, 2020

Using Emergent Learning to Meet Challenges and Foster Racial Equity 

In the second piece of a multi-part series from Living Cities' Learning, Storytelling and Results team, Associate Director Jeff Raderstrong describes how we have used emergent learning tools and proc…

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