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by Crystal Li on May 17, 2019

The Little-Known History of Chinese Restaurants 

For Asian Pacific American Heritage month, I wanted to share a portion of my culture’s history. We need to be able to support each other to lift up our voices and share how our struggles are rooted in white supremacy culture.

Blog Post Ellen Ward & Brinda Ganguly on May 15, 2019

Asking the Right Questions to Guide Investments in Closing Racial Wealth Gaps 

Blog Post Demetric Duckett on May 10, 2019

A Different Philanthropic Approach: Seeding Hope in Regional Inclusive Growth 

Blog Post Robin Brule & Shanee Helfer on May 8, 2019

Navigating Collective Impact through a Mayoral Transition 

Lessons and resources from Albuquerque around sustaining cross-sector work through a mayoral transition.

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Andrea McGrath 

Andrea E McGrath is an independent consultant, researcher and partner in Connecting Capital.

Blog Post Ellen Ward & Sindhu Lakshmanan on May 1, 2019

Adapt to Changing Needs, and Other Lessons from Living Cities’ Pay for Success … 

Blog Post Colleen Dawicki on Apr 26, 2019

Stepping Up and Stepping Back: Features of Effective Backbone Organizations 

Lessons learned about backbones from 4 years of the Working Cities Challenge.

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Innovation Teams 

Blog Post Demetric Duckett & Shanee Helfer on Apr 25, 2019

Centering Community in Collective Impact 

Through a decade of place-based work, we've gathered these tools and lessons for bringing community voice into the collective impact model. How can these apply to your own work?

Blog Post Brinda Ganguly & Brian R. Nagendra on Apr 17, 2019

Apply a racial lens, and other lessons from Living Cities’ impact investments 

Race-neutral efforts to boost economic opportunity have failed. Going forward, organizations across sectors must deliberately incorporate a racial lens into their economic security efforts.

Blog Post Matt Baer on Apr 4, 2019

Accelerating Government’s Knowledge of Undoing Racism 

Five cities are building their understanding of structural and systemic inequality, in order to deepen their ability to address small business growth with a racial equity lens so all communities can …

Blog Post Kien Lee on Apr 3, 2019

Key Recommendations for Funders, Evaluators, and Technical Assistance Providers… 

We are lifting up lessons we’ve learned from our Racial Equity Here cohort, five cities working to operationalize racial equity in local governments. In this blog post, Kien Lee, our evaluator outlin…

Blog Post JaNay Queen Nazaire & Crystal Li on Mar 22, 2019

Getting Real About Results 

How can we fix the disconnect between our investment and the impact we hope to achieve?

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Mike Wood 

Mike Wood is responsible for developing and growing the Institute’s alliances with nonprofit and corporate partners, as well as overall business development and resource generation. He is a leader in the social and civic change sector and has a stro…

Blog Post Nadia Owusu & Ben Hecht on Mar 22, 2019

Beyond Counting Policies: Measuring Progress in Racial Equity 

Blog Post TD Lowe on Mar 14, 2019

From IPO to Oh No 

Blog Post Brinda Ganguly & Brian R. Nagendra on Mar 13, 2019

Living Cities’ Catalyst Impact Funds Named to ImpactAssets 50 for Eighth Consec… 

For the eighth year in a row, Living Cities’ Catalyst Family of Funds have been selected for the ImpactAssets 50, an impact investing showcase featuring fund managers with demonstrated financial capa…

Blog Post Kien Lee on Mar 12, 2019

Getting Ready for Racial Equity Work: Community Engagement  

Community engagement is central to cities’ racial equity strategies. It's also where cities need a lot of support.

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Rip Rapson 

Rip Rapson is president and CEO of The Kresge Foundation, which contributed $100 million to Detroit’s “Grand Bargain.” He is also Chairman of the Living Cities board.

Blog Post JaNay Queen Nazaire & Demetric Duckett on Mar 6, 2019

Rewriting the Rules: Builders and Benefactors’ Influence on the Entrepreneurial… 

Systems change requires the undoing and restructuring of policies, practices, and power structures that have long existed and maintained harmful inequities. These inequities have held people in posit…

Blog Post Joanna Carrasco on Mar 5, 2019

Holding Staff Through Our Racial Equity Journey