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 Hafizah Omar on Sep 16, 2020

Ending White Supremacy Culture: A Resource for Naming What We Mean When We Say … 

Blog Post Brian Smith & Jim Terrell on Aug 17, 2020

Fortis Capital Partners with Living Cities and the City of Minneapolis to Doubl… 

A new fund will increase access to affordable debt for small and growing businesses owned by Black and brown people in Minneapolis.

Resource on Apr 14, 2020

500 Years of the Racial Wealth Gap: A Timeline 

Blog Post Marlon Williams on Aug 12, 2020

Lessons on Anti-Racist Organizing Across Government and Community 

Blog Post Jeff Raderstrong & Shannon Jordy on Aug 10, 2020

Connecting Communications and Learning for Results 

In this first post in a multi-part series, members of our Learning, Storytelling and Results team describe how uniting these three functions has not only streamlined the process of learning but also …

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Safety and Justice Challenge 

Blog Post Crystal Li & Hafizah Omar on Aug 6, 2020

Model Minority No More: Towards a Model of Mutual Struggle  

Blog Post Carmen Smith on Jul 24, 2020

Telling Black Stories Inclusive of Joy 

Philanthropists and public sector communicators must practice storytelling that is a humane representation of the Black experience. This blog suggests ways to share holistic Black narratives.

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