Blog Post Ben Hecht on Sep 15, 2016

A Signature Moment for Harnessing Capitalism and Private Capital to Address Rac… 

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…

Blog Post Clara Brenner & Julie Lein on Sep 14, 2016

How We Started a Venture Capital Firm to Fund Urban Innovation Startups 

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.

Blog Post Ellen Ward & Sindhu Lakshmanan on Sep 14, 2016

Exploring the Possibilities of Social Enterprises  

Living Cities is getting deeper insight into the social enterprise ecosystem through our investment in the Urban Innovation Fund.

Blog Post Ben Hecht on Sep 13, 2016

New Blog Series: A Signature Moment for Closing the Racial Opportunity Gaps in … 

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…

Blog Post Nadia Owusu & Demetric Duckett on Aug 11, 2016

5 Questions for Demetric Duckett, Living Cities’ New Associate Director of Capi… 

The newest addition to the Living Cities team answers five questions about his career path, hopes and aspirations.

Blog Post Tynesia Boyea-Robinson on Jul 7, 2016

Yes, You Can Do Good AND Do Well. Here’s One Way! 

More and more, leaders at the cutting edge of social change are blurring the lines between "public" and "private" sectors. They believe you can do good and do well - and are proving it's possible.

Blog Post Mary Kay Bailey on Jun 14, 2016

My Seven-Year Ride on the Green Line  

Linking the downtowns of Saint Paul and Minneapolis, the 11-mile Light Rail Transit (LRT) Green Line is creating benefits “beyond the rail” for residents, businesses, and neighborhoods.

Blog Post Ben Hecht on Mar 16, 2016

Our 2015 Annual Report: The #HereAndNow Toolbox 

Our 2015 annual report curates tools created by innovators on the front lines of social change.

Blog Post Ben Hecht on Feb 18, 2016

#BensTake: Impact Investing As Accelerant for Social Change 2016 

Our newest blog series delves into four, unique accelerants that put U.S. cities on the verge of something "very special" in 2016. In this post: the unprecedented availability of impact investment ca…

Blog Post Ellen Ward on Feb 16, 2016

Achieving Permanent Housing for Denver’s Chronically Homeless Population 

Our Blended Catalyst Fund is helping to scale the Pay for Success field.

Blog Post Elizabeth Vargas on Jan 25, 2016

Vote with Your Investment Dollars: And Other #GoodReads 

A weekly round-up of articles, videos and other timely information that you won't want to miss. This week's post covers promising ideas and fresh perspectives on capital innovation.

Blog Post Elizabeth Vargas on Jan 15, 2016

Cities Big and Small Tackle Social Challenges in 2016: #GoodReads from Living C… 

A weekly round-up of reading recommendations that you won't want to miss!

Blog Post Elizabeth Vargas on Jan 1, 2016

The Top 10 Blogs of 2015 

As you reflect on the past year and plan for the year to come, enjoy a selection of our most-read blogs from 2015.

Blog Post Nadia Owusu & Elizabeth Vargas on Dec 30, 2015

Five Trends To Watch in 2016 

In 2016, we'll follow a number of trends to learn more about how promising practices might lead to dramatically better results for low-income people, faster. Five of these trends are top-of-mind in t…

Blog Post Michael Isimbabi on Dec 10, 2015

After Baltimore: Revitalizing Distressed Communities through Impact Investing a… 

How Engaged Celebrities and Other Philanthropists, as “Pioneer Investors,” Can Jump-Start an Impact Investment Fund and Galvanize Other Investors and Communities

Blog Post Paula Mukwaya on Dec 7, 2015

Investing for Justice Impact: The Opportunity in Sandtown, West Baltimore 

Impact investment vehicles like Community Investment Notes present a promising, community driven approach to fund efforts that support people impacted by the justice system.

Blog Post Ben Hecht on Nov 17, 2015

#BensTake: Three Things We Could Do to Bring Technology to Bear on Inequality  

To truly leverage the potential of technology to achieve dramatically better results for low-income people, Philanthropy must drive solutions in more intentional ways.

Blog Post Michael Isimbabi on Nov 12, 2015

After Baltimore: Revitalizing Distressed Communities through Impact Investing a… 

Part II: A Vision for an Impact Investment Fund Specifically Targeted to Distressed Communities

Blog Post Michael Isimbabi on Nov 5, 2015

After Baltimore: Revitalizing Distressed Communities through Impact Investing a… 

Part I: The Imperative and Rationale for an Impact Investment Fund Specifically Targeted to Distressed Communities

Blog Post Ben Hecht on Oct 27, 2015

#BensTake: Web Platforms, FinTech and the Community Reinvestment Act at 38 Year… 

Technology has the potential to extend the spirit and impact of the Community Reinvestment Act in ways never imagined when it was first passed into law in 1977.

Blog Post Eileen Neely on Oct 21, 2015

Living Cities’ Catalyst Fund Recognized as an Outstanding Impact Investing Vehi… 

For the fifth year in a row, our Catalyst Fund has been selected for ImpactAssets50, an impact investing showcase featuring Fund Managers that deliver social, environmental and financial returns.

Blog Post Brian R. Nagendra & Hannah Schiff on Oct 20, 2015

What Impact Investing Can Learn from the Telephone 

A new report offers recommendations for U.S. Community Investing industry to build an infrastructure that would bring new sources of capital to bear on public challenges.

Blog Post Elizabeth Vargas on Oct 16, 2015

The Most Innovative: #GoodReads from the Living Cities Network  

A number of exciting announcements and innovations from the Living Cities Network dropped this week.

Blog Post Elizabeth Vargas on Oct 12, 2015

Pay for Success Pays Off: And Other #GoodReads from Living Cities  

Among this week's roundup of reading recommendations from our staff: two big announcements that could have a significant impact on low-income people and communities of color.