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.

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 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.

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.

Blog Post Lata Reddy on Oct 26, 2016

Impact Investing: A Look Back to Pave a Path Forward 

Twenty-five years have produced several important lessons learned that can collectively shape more effective future investments.

Blog Post Eileen Neely & Sindhu Lakshmanan on Oct 25, 2016

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

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 …

Blog Post Sindhu Lakshmanan on Oct 18, 2016

Pay for Success: To Invest Or Not To Invest? 

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…

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.