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by Ben Hecht on Feb 23, 2017

#BensTake: Breaking Down Barriers for Entrepreneurs of Color 

People of color face a host of unique hurdles to starting businesses. Targeted solutions across the country are ensuring that everyone can participate in the full extent of the promise of entrepreneurship.

Blog Post Brian R. Nagendra & Sindhu Lakshmanan on Feb 15, 2017

Living Cities’ Catalyst Impact Funds Named to ImpactAssets 50 for Sixth Consecu… 

For the sixth year in a row, Living Cities’ Catalyst Impact Funds have been selected for the ImpactAssets 50 (IA50), an impact investing showcase featuring fund managers that deliver social, environm…

Blog Post Ben Hecht on Feb 14, 2017

#BensTake: Three Truths that will Spark Urgency in the Post-Truth Environment 

There’s much work to be done to rebuild a dynamic economy that creates equitable opportunities for all Americans. To do so, we first need an understanding of the challenges that’s grounded in truth a…

Blog Post Ratna Gill on Feb 10, 2017

Form, Storm, Norm, Perform: How to Consider the Stage of Your Cross-Sector Part… 

In this second post of a two-part series on cross-sector partnerships, we examine trends at different stages of cross-sector partnership development, and what they might mean for your work.

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David Robinson 

David Robinson is a retired NBA basketball player, who played center for the San Antonio Spurs for his entire NBA career. He is the Founder of the Admiral Center at Living Cities.

Blog Post May Samali on Feb 9, 2017

Mapping the Money (Part 3): Structural Barriers to Raising Capital for Early-St… 

In the final part of this three-part series, Tumml's May Samali provides a window into two structural barriers that constrain purpose-driven entrepreneurs during capital raising.

Blog Post Ratna Gill on Feb 8, 2017

Four Trends to Consider as Cross-Sector Partnerships Begin a New Year  

In this first post of a two-part series, we present the trends that emerged from our Cross-Sector Partnership Assessment tool, based on our analysis of over 750 responses from partnerships in the fie…

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Innovation Teams 

Blog Post May Samali on Feb 8, 2017

Mapping the Money (Part 2): Fundraising Challenges Faced by Early-Stage Purpose… 

In this second blog of a three-part series, Tumml's May Samali delves into the fundraising challenges faced by purpose-driven entrepreneurs in their earliest stages of development.

Blog Post May Samali on Feb 7, 2017

Mapping the Money (Part 1): The Capital Landscape for Early-Stage Purpose-Drive… 

May Samali, Director at Tumml, provides an in-depth look at how early-stage purpose-driven businesses are raising capital, and highlights the “pioneer gap” they face in their startup phase.

Blog Post Kesha Cash on Jan 25, 2017

Fixing the Economic Divide that Plagues America: Part 2 

Blog Post Jeff Raderstrong on Jan 24, 2017

VIDEO: How Can Employers Overcome Biases?  

How do you get employers to overcome their biases and change their culture to be more inclusive? Tawanna Black of the Northside Funders Groups posed this question to a panel of employment experts. No…

Blog Post JaNay Queen on Jan 20, 2017

What does it take to create opportunities for high-quality jobs? 

A new case study from StriveTogether offers some ideas on how to create good jobs for low-income people.

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Cynthia Jaggi 

Cynthia Jaggi is the Founder of GatherWell and a regular blogger for the non-profit career site, idealist.org. She writes about the new economy, social innovation and living your most meaningful life at cynthiajaggi.com.

Blog Post Steven Bosacker on Jan 19, 2017

Video: How to Use Data to Drive Results 

This video shares lessons learned on data access and privacy, sourcing and policy.

Blog Post Kesha Cash on Jan 18, 2017

Fixing the Economic Divide that Plagues America: Part 1 

In the first post of a two-part series, Impact America Fund Founder Kesha Cash targets the current entrepreneurial ecosystem, outlining the issues that face entrepreneurs of color and discussing how …

Blog Post Ben Hecht on Jan 17, 2017

No Justice Without Economic Justice: #BensTake on the Legacy of Martin Luther K… 

Martin Luther King knew what we at Living Cities have come to recognize over the course of our work: that racial inequality and economic inequality in this country cannot be overcome in isolation.

Blog Post Matt Baer on Jan 4, 2017

Mayors and Schools: Accountability Without Authority 

Lessons on school governance from a year-long tour of U.S. cities.

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Martin Eakes 

Martin Eakes is the co-founder and CEO of Self-Help and the Center for Responsible Lending. Since 1998, Self-Help’s Community Advantage Program has helped more than 50,000 lower-income families, especially those of color, to become homeowners in 48 …

Blog Post Eileen Neely & Brian R. Nagendra on Dec 15, 2016

What We Learned About Collective Impact Through Raising the Blended Catalyst Fu… 

Living Cities launched the Blended Catalyst Fund, to invest in and test innovative approaches to solving urban problems. Here is some of what we learned through raising the Fund.

Blog Post Ratna Gill & Jeff Raderstrong on Dec 14, 2016

New Fund Creates a Path for Employment Opportunity in New Orleans 

The BuildNOLA Mobilization Fund will allow small businesses to grow their capacity and benefit from the numerous projects happening around New Orleans, ultimately helping to place more African-Americ…