Resource by Tynesia Boyea-Robinson & Jeff Raderstrong, Jun 29, 2016 Collective Impact Element Dashboard 

This dashboard incorporates the three elements of what Living Cities thinks it takes to create dramatically better results for low-income people: Collective impact, public sector innovation, and capital innovation. We update these dashboards as a team every quarter and reflect on what is working, what isn’t and why. We then rate the status of each element using a simple red, yellow, green co...

Blog Post by Brian R. Nagendra & Sindhu Lakshmanan , Mar 1, 2018 Living Cities’ Catalyst Impact Funds Named to ImpactAssets 50 for Seventh Consecutive Year 

Unlocking capital for social good is a principle at the heart of Living Cities’ approach to closing racial gaps by supporting the creation of jobs, income, and wealth. That’s why we’re thrilled to be included in the ImpactAssets 50 among an impressive set of peers in this vibrant and growing field. At Living Cities, we believe that we can use the power of capitalism and incentives to get more ...

Blog Post by Paula Mukwaya, Dec 7, 2015 Investing for Justice Impact: The Opportunity in Sandtown, West Baltimore 

Challenges The Sandtown community of West Baltimore gained renewed national attention in light of the April 2015 death of Mr. Freddie Gray at the hands of police. The tragedy unleashed, yet again, the great tensions that exist between law enforcement and under-resourced communities of color in the United States and shed light on the range of challenges that continue to plague Sandtown and simil...

Blog Post by Brian R. Nagendra & Sindhu Lakshmanan , Feb 15, 2017 Living Cities’ Catalyst Impact Funds Named to ImpactAssets 50 for Sixth Consecutive Year 

The ImpactAssets 50 (IA50) is the only open-source, publicly published database of exceptional impact investing fund managers. We’re thrilled to have been included on this list every year since it’s inception. In the next ten years, the impact investing space is estimated to reach $1 trillion dollars. The question we have at Living Cities is, “how do you unlock and direct that ca...

Blog Post by Brinda Ganguly & Brian R. Nagendra, Apr 17, 2019 Apply a racial lens, and other lessons from Living Cities’ impact investments 

In light of our ImpactAssets50 recognition, we will be sharing blog posts, originally posted at Impact Alpha, that highlight the unique values that led the Catalyst and Blended Catalyst Funds to be included in the ImpactAssets 50 among an impressive set of peers in this vibrant and growing field. Race-neutral efforts to boost economic opportunity have failed. Going forward, organizations acr...

Blog Post by Brinda Ganguly & Brian R. Nagendra, Mar 13, 2019 Living Cities’ Catalyst Impact Funds Named to ImpactAssets 50 for Eighth Consecutive Year 

Using capital as a forcing mechanism for social change has been a commitment of Living Cities since its origination, and the Catalyst Family of Funds are impact investing vehicles that have helped us turn this long-lasting commitment into reality for the past 10 years. That’s why we are thrilled to announce that the Catalyst Fund and the Blended Catalyst Fund have been included in the ImpactAss...

Blog Post by Nadia Owusu & Nancy Andrews, Sep 30, 2014 New Tool Can Quantify Your Social Impact 

When we at Living Cities heard that the Low Income Investment Fund (LIIF) was developing a new tool that puts a dollar value on the social impact of their investments, we were intrigued. Living Cities is committed to supporting ambitious data-driven, results-oriented cross-sector partnerships that are solving complex social and economic problems. We are excited to see LIIF—long one of our innov...

Blog Post by Arthur Burris, Mar 16, 2012 Driving Economic Impact Through Alignment With Regional Systems 

Next week in Baltimore we’re assembling a group of senior leaders from a variety of sectors and issue areas for Living Cities’ first ever Design Lab. The purpose of this working session is to collectively make progress in addressing this question: how can we maximize the potential of anchor institutions to drive economic growth and opportunity in our cities and metropolitan regions? As Livin...

Blog Post by Dana O'Donovan, Jun 22, 2012 Why bother with next-generation collaboration? Two words: differential impact 

This post was originally published on the Monitor Institute’s Working Wikily blog. The key themes of the 2012 Social Impact Exchange were all about collaboration. Collective intelligence. Community solutions. Needle-moving collaborations. Collective impact. Much has been made of this new brand of collaboration and it was clear at SIEX12 that many of us who spend our days (and nights) loo...

Blog Post by Juan Sebastian Arias, Apr 14, 2015 Working with Communities to Advance Racial Equity and Eliminate Disparities 

Over the past several weeks, Living Cities has been exploring the question of why and how to work with communities in collective impact through our free e-course. We’ve discussed how engaging grassroots community members to shape and guide collective impact initiatives can mitigate the potential disconnects grasstops leaders face in understanding community needs, and covered several different c...

Blog Post by Brittany Ramos DeBarros, Apr 7, 2015 Three Business Concepts You Can Apply to Community Engagement 

The fourth week of our e-course on community engagement in collective impact explores opportunities to apply business concepts to community engagement work. The reading materials and exercise for this week will complement previous modules, by shifting focus from “why” you might engage with community members and continuing to explore “how” to implement strategies in a way that allows you to rapi...

Blog Post by Michael Isimbabi, Nov 5, 2015 After Baltimore: Revitalizing Distressed Communities through Impact Investing and Entrepreneurship (Part I) 

In the aftermath of the April 2015 unrest in Baltimore, several policy approaches, including legislation in Congress, have been proposed to address poverty and unemployment in distressed communities such as West Baltimore. However, given the current political gridlock in Congress, which will likely persist for at least several more years, it is unlikely that Congress will fund substantial pub...

Blog Post by Michael Isimbabi, Dec 10, 2015 After Baltimore: Revitalizing Distressed Communities through Impact Investing and Entrepreneurship (Part III) 

In two previous posts (After Baltimore: Revitalizing Distressed Communities through Impact Investing and Entrepreneurship: Part I and Part II), I discussed the rationale, framework and feasibility of the Excellence and Ventures Transformation Fund (or “EXCEL-TRANSFORM Fund”), a (primarily) for-profit venture-philanthropic impact investment fund specifically targeted to distressed communities. T...

Blog Post by Ben Hecht, Feb 18, 2016 #BensTake: Impact Investing As Accelerant for Social Change 2016 

In a decade, I believe we will look back on 2016 as the year when we began seeing rapid, sometimes exponential, narrowing of disparities between rich and poor, white and non-white Americans. In the last few weeks, I’ve been writing about how the convergence of four unique accelerants will move us towards that new, better, reality in 2016 and beyond. I’ve delved into (1) the growing public wil...

Blog Post by Brinda Ganguly & Brian R. Nagendra, Feb 8, 2018 New Impact Investing Strategy Puts Race Front and Center 

Too often, race-neutral approaches fail to deliver results for low-income people of color in the US. The lack of race-informed efforts worsens racial gaps in jobs, income, and wealth and systematically ignores historical disparities. In this context, the Blended Catalyst Fund (BCF) has recently committed to a more defined impact focus: closing the racial wealth gap by supporting the development...

Blog Post by Alison Gold, Feb 20, 2014 Collaboration and Cultivating Collective Will 

This post is a continuation of yesterday’s entry on the questions \“What does it take to learn to collaborate?\” It is an email exchange between Chris Thompson of Fund for Our Economic Future, Curtis Ogden of the Interaction Institute for Social Change, and myself. The point of departure was a question about what it takes to teach people to collaborate. ***** From: Alison Gold D...

Blog Post by Eileen Neely, Oct 21, 2015 Living Cities’ Catalyst Fund Recognized as an Outstanding Impact Investing Vehicle by ImpactAssets 

Living Cities is thrilled that, for the fifth year in a row, our impact investing fund, the Catalyst Fund, has been selected for the ImpactAssets 50 (IA 50). The IA 50 is the only free, public, searchable database of outstanding impact investing fund managers. This honor is important to us because we believe that to get dramatically better results for low-income people, we need diverse leaders ...

Blog Post by Eileen Neely & Sindhu Lakshmanan , Oct 25, 2016 Pay for Success: To Invest or Not to Invest? Assessing the Impact 

We’ve launched our Pay for Success: To Invest or Not to Invest? series to walk others through how we decide which Pay for Success projects to consider investing in. Last week, we shared our initial screening criteria. Over the next few weeks, we’ll discuss each of our initial screening categories in more depth. First and foremost, we believe PFS projects should help improve the lives of low-in...

Blog Post by Carmen Rojas, Mar 27, 2013 Expanding Food Access While Maximizing Social & Economic Impact: A Webinar Briefing 

Most conversations about food and low-income neighborhoods center on the lack of healthy food access. Yet these same neighborhoods often face a host of additional interrelated challenges - including inadequate jobs and workforce development opportunities. As efforts to bring healthy food retail to low-income communities grow, we need to also focus on maximizing the additional social and economi...

Blog Post by Eileen Neely, Apr 30, 2014 Catalyzing a New Market: Social Impact Bonds, Pay for Success, and the Role of Philanthropy 

Social Finance recently released “Foundations for Social Impact Bonds: How and Why Philanthropy is Catalyzing the Development of a New Market”, a white paper on the role of foundations in catalyzing the development of Pay for Success (PFS) and the US Social Impact Bond (SIB) market. This paper is based on research and interviews with some of the foundations at all stages of engagement in this m...

Blog Post by Nadia Owusu, Jun 27, 2013 Announcing the Release of “State of the Cities: 5 Trends Impacting America’s Cities” 

Living Cities is very excited to announce the release of a new paper “State of the City: 5 Trends Impacting America’s Cities” that outlines some dominant trends that we believe will impact America’s cities and their low-income communities in the coming years; explores the trends’ interconnectedness, and offers our thoughts on how to address some of our most serious challenges. Over the last ...

Resource by Brian R. Nagendra, Jun 8, 2016 Pay for Success in the U.S. 

Pay for Success financing, also called “Social Impact Bonds,” can bring new resources, new partners and a new focus on outcomes to early childhood services and other important issues. The Institute for Child Success and Living Cities are committed to learning what works and how PFS might contribute to our efforts as we work to open source social change and improve outcomes for our youngest chil...

Person HealthHIV John A. Portacio 

John joined HealthHIV, a national non-profit working with organizations, communities, and health care providers to advance effective prevention, care, and support for people living with, or at risk for, HIV and HCV through education and training, technical assistance and capacity building, advocacy, and health services research and evaluation, in 2015. Prior to joining HealthHIV, John was an ...

Person Harris School of Public Policy, The University of Chicago Zainab Imam 

Resource by Brittany Ramos DeBarros, Mar 30, 2016 Video Case Study: Chelsea Thrives Initiative Seeks to Tackle Public Safety 

The Federal Reserve Bank of Boston’s Working Cities Challenge is an initiative to improve the lives of low-income people in smaller post-industrial cities across Massachusetts by fostering collaborative leadership, community engagement, and data informed decision making, all through the lens of changing systems. In this video, captured at a recent Working Cities Challenge funder plenary,...

Resource by Brittany Ramos DeBarros, Mar 30, 2016 Video Case Study: SPARK Holyoke Fosters Entrepreneurship  

The Federal Reserve Bank of Boston’s Working Cities Challenge is an initiative to improve the lives of low-income people in smaller post-industrial cities across Massachusetts by fostering collaborative leadership, community engagement, and data informed decision making, all through the lens of changing systems. In this video, captured at a recent Working Cities Challenge funder plenary,...

Resource by Brittany Ramos DeBarros, Mar 30, 2016 Video Case Study: Fitchburg's Re-Imagine North of Main Initiative takes a holistic approach to community development  

The Federal Reserve Bank of Boston’s Working Cities Challenge is an initiative to improve the lives of low-income people in smaller post-industrial cities across Massachusetts by fostering collaborative leadership, community engagement, and data informed decision making, all through the lens of changing systems. In this video, captured at a recent Working Cities Challenge funders plenary...

Person Living Cities Tiffany Eng 

Since then, she has worked to enhance the process which helps administer the alignment of resources that are needed for pivotal decision-making strategies for the members on the Catalyst and Blended Catalyst Fund teams. Her programmatic support is a natural outgrowth of her previous experience as the administrator for an engineering and surveying firm in Washington, DC, where she coordinated th...

Person Living Cities Jeff Raderstrong 

Jeff Raderstrong joined Living Cities in May 2014 as Program Associate on The Integration Initiative. Now as a Senior Associate, he supports multiple aspects of Living Cities efforts to determine best practices for creating large scale system change in places around the country. He has worked on several projects to codify and disseminate key lessons learned, from a community engagement e-course...

Person The Federal Reserve Bank of Boston Eric Rosengren 

Rosengren, President and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, is expanding the tools in the Federal Reserve’s toolbox for helping the nation to achieve maximum employment for all Americans. After several senior positions in the Bank, including in supervision and in economic research, Rosengren became president in July 2007. Since then, Rosengren has helped to define a new role for the F...