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 Riley Stewart Lichtenstein on Nov 12, 2020

How Pittsburgh is Mobilizing to Help Businesses Owned by Women and People of Co… 

Blog Post Alyssa Smaldino on Oct 29, 2020

Centering Equity, Transforming Systems: A Profile on Maia Jachimowicz 

As part of our series highlighting alumni of Living Cities’ cohorts, we spoke with Maia Jachimowicz, who currently serves as the VP for Evidence-Based Policy Implementation at Results for America. Ma…

Resource on Oct 28, 2020

Internal Scan: 2020 Racial Equity and Inclusion Competency Survey Results  

Blog Post Melissa Burrows & Natoya Walker Minor on Oct 29, 2020

How Cleveland is Assisting Very Small Businesses with Contracting in the City 

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…

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Safety and Justice Challenge 

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…

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.

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