Deploying capital with the intent of not only generating financial return, but also producing measurable social and environmental impacts.
by Brian R. Nagendra & Sindhu Lakshmanan
on Feb 15, 2017
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, environmental and financial returns.
on Nov 28, 2012
The Living Cities Catalyst Fund is a domestic impact investment vehicle that deploys concessionary, flexible debt to improve the lives of low income people and the communities where they live. This report provides an overview of investments and impact from July 2011-June 2012.
on Feb 9, 2017
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.
on Feb 8, 2017
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.
on Feb 7, 2017
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.
on Feb 14, 2017
This report covers activities in the eighth year of operations for the Living Cities Catalyst
Eileen Neely & Brian R. Nagendra
on Dec 15, 2016
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.
Ratna Gill & Jeff Raderstrong
on Dec 14, 2016
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…
Eric Letsinger & Mark Kim
on Dec 13, 2016
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.
Eileen Neely & Elizabeth Reynoso
on Nov 15, 2016
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…
Sindhu Lakshmanan & Tynesia Boyea-Robinson
on Nov 8, 2016
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…
Congressional Research Service
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…
Tynesia Boyea-Robinson & Brittany Ramos DeBarros
on Nov 2, 2016
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…
This report covers the Blended Catalyst Fund activities for the period from first closing on December 15, 2015 through June 30, 2016.
Ben Hecht & Ellen Ward
on Nov 1, 2016
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.
on Oct 26, 2016
Twenty-five years have produced several important lessons learned that can collectively shape more effective future investments.
Eileen Neely & Sindhu Lakshmanan
on Oct 25, 2016
First and foremost, we believe Pay for Success projects should help improve the lives of low-income people in American cities. With all of the new projects coming onto the market, the first question …
on Oct 18, 2016
The Pay for Success field continues to gain traction. Our new blog series will walk you through how Living Cities decides which Pay for Success projects to consider investing in, in the hopes that ot…
on Oct 18, 2016
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.
on Sep 15, 2016
We are at a unique moment in time in our country where we need to harness capitalism and private capital in new and transformative ways to close racial gaps in income and wealth. The essays in this s…
Clara Brenner & Julie Lein
on Sep 14, 2016
By providing critical capital and support to a new generation of startups, the Urban Innovation Fund is identifying solutions to the toughest problems facing our cities.
Ellen Ward & Sindhu Lakshmanan
on Sep 14, 2016
Living Cities is getting deeper insight into the social enterprise ecosystem through our investment in the Urban Innovation Fund.
on Sep 13, 2016
Our new blog series, with contributions from our members, grantees and many other leaders, will highlight ongoing efforts across the country that show promise of contributing to closing the racial op…
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