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 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.

Blog Post Hafizah Omar on Jul 8, 2020

Zine-making as storytelling and healing 

Resource on Apr 14, 2020

500 Years of the Racial Wealth Gap: A Timeline 

Blog Post Thiara Falcon & Alyssa Smaldino on Jun 25, 2020

Shifting Mindsets: Scarcity vs. Abundance  

Blog Post Ben Hecht on Jun 1, 2020

Standing in Solidarity and Committing to Action 

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Safety and Justice Challenge 

Blog Post Alyssa Smaldino on May 27, 2020

Centering Equity, Transforming Systems: A Profile on Joann Massey 

Our Centering Equity, Transforming Systems Series highlights Living Cities Program Alumni who are leveraging their roles and relationships to center racial equity and close racial gaps.

Blog Post Elizabeth Reynoso on May 20, 2020

Racial Equity is a Marathon: Honoring Past Labor and the Work to Come 

Explore the people who are creating change