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by Sindhu Lakshmanan & Sabrina Mutukisna on Dec 7, 2017

The Town Kitchen Q&A: Lunch with a Purpose 

We sit down with San Francisco entrepreneur Sabrina Mutukisna to talk social impact in this Q&A piece.

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by Ratna Gill & Hafizah Omar on Oct 25, 2017

Entrepreneurship for Job Creation: A Strategy Map 

This chart shows the common themes that emerged when we took inventory of entrepreneurship and small business related initiatives aimed at creating jobs.

Blog Post Ratna Gill & Hafizah Omar on Oct 25, 2017

What We're Learning About Entrepreneurship as a Job Creation Strategy 

We looked at hundreds of initiatives focused on accelerating entrepreneurship and small business growth, and these are the common themes that emerged.

Blog Post Demetric Duckett on Oct 3, 2017

Capital as a Driver of Systemic Change: An Example from Albuquerque 

What do wolves and capital innovation have in common? Read this deep dive into Albuquerque’s InnovateABQ project as an example of multiple capital sources driving catalytic change.

Blog Post Brinda Ganguly on Sep 14, 2017

Five Elements of Effective Collaboration for Investors 

Our new Managing Director of the Catalyst Loan Funds reflects on her first couple of months at Living Cities, sharing her thoughts on how those in the investment world can more effectively collaborat…

Resource on Feb 14, 2017

Catalyst Fund Annual Report: Fiscal Year 2015-2016 

This report covers activities in the eighth year of operations for the Living Cities Catalyst Fund.

Blog Post Demetric Duckett on Sep 8, 2017

The Wolf of Social Impact: How We Use Capital as a Driver of Systemic Change 

What do gray wolves and capital innovation have in common? Explore the similarities we see in this thinkpiece.

Blog Post Sindhu Lakshmanan on Jun 23, 2017

Innovations in Pay for Success: Investing in a First-of-its-Kind Pay for Succes… 

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Blog Post Sindhu Lakshmanan on Jun 15, 2017

How Massachusetts’s New PFS Project Will Help Make the American Dream a Reality 

A new Pay for Success project in Massachusetts will help put 2,000 immigrants and refugees on the path towards achieving the American dream

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 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.

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Arthur Burris 

Arthur formerly led the Public Sector Innovation work at Living Cities, which includes the City Accelerator and the Project on Municipal Innovation. He is a frequent public speaker on budget and policy topics. He is now leads a team of researchers a…

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.

Resource on Feb 14, 2017

Blended Catalyst Fund Annual Report: Fiscal Year 2016 

This report covers the Blended Catalyst Fund activities for the period from first closing on December 15, 2015 through June 30, 2016.

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 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…

Blog Post Eric Letsinger & Mark Kim on Dec 13, 2016

The Story Behind the World’s First Environmental Impact Bond 

Intrigued by the potential of the Pay For Success model, two organizations partnered to creatively apply the model to the vexing social and health challenges of green infrastructure.

Resource on Oct 18, 2016

Pay for Success: Living Cities' Initial Screening Criteria 

The Initial Screening Criteria infographic provides an overview of how Living Cities decides which Pay for Success projects to consider investing in. The criteria is listed in a check-box format for the use of our networks and partners.

Blog Post Eileen Neely & Elizabeth Reynoso on Nov 15, 2016

Pay for Success: To Invest or Not to Invest? Identifying a Government Champion 

Although we were initially drawn to Pay for Success as an innovative way to use capital, we quickly realized that PFS can drive public sector innovation as well. A government champion is critical for…

Blog Post Sindhu Lakshmanan & Tynesia Boyea-Robinson on Nov 8, 2016

Pay for Success: To Invest or Not to Invest? Assessing Collaboration 

When things go wrong in a PFS project—and they most likely will—it’s the quality of the partners’ collaboration that determines whether the project stays on track toward better outcomes for low-incom…

Blog Post Tynesia Boyea-Robinson & Brittany Ramos DeBarros on Nov 2, 2016

What We Are Learning About Catalyzing Impact Investing in Dallas 

The Dallas Impact Investing Collaborative is on a very intentional journey to learn about how to invest differently in social change. Here are a few reflections on how this group could be a model for…

Blog Post Ben Hecht & Ellen Ward on Nov 1, 2016

Pay for Success: To Invest or Not to Invest? Assessing the Innovation 

The word "innovation" gets thrown around a lot, but in Pay for Success, whether or not a project encourages and enables innovation is a key consideration.