Living Cities works with cross sector leaders in cities to build a new type of urban practice to dramatically improve the economic well-being of low-income people.
We are working to ensure that our commitment to accelerating progress on issues of racial equity and inclusion at the systems level is reflected and centered in all of our work. To do this, we have adopted value and culture norms to guide our action.
The foundations and financial institutions that fund us are critical partners in our efforts to close racial income and wealth gaps. Beyond simply funding together, our board has explored ways to collaborate and move toward alignment on the root cau…
We support ambitious data-driven, results-oriented cross-sector partnerships committed to solving complex social and economic problems.
We work at the intersections of learning, information, story, and technology to bring people and resources together to deepen and accelerate promising solutions to closing racial income and wealth gaps.
To close racial income and wealth gaps in U.S. cities, Living Cities recognizes that stakeholders across all sectors—public, philanthropic and private—need to change beliefs and practices. To harness the forces of the private sector, Living Cities a…
In a country undergoing rapid demographic shifts, addressing systemic racial disparities is paramount. We test innovative investment approaches to addressing the racial wealth gap, shift power within the capital systems and achieve better outcomes f…
The Closing the Gaps Network is a 10-year initiative that will bring together leaders from cities across the country that are committed to imagining what an antiracist society might look like, and to playing an important role in building it through …
Through the City Accelerator, an initiative supported by the Citi Foundation and in partnership with Governing, city teams--both public servants and local partners-- have tested new approaches to improve municipal services, practices and policies. S…
The Builders & Benefactors network (B&B) is a community of Black and brown founders and fund managers working to scale businesses and close racial income and wealth gaps.
We deploy concessionary, flexible debt from socially motivated investors to improve the lives of low-income people and the communities where they live.
Living Cities and the National Democratic Institute are launching a new partnership to find and tell stories of civic innovation in selected megacities around the world.
Living Cities established a working group with Board Members and their staff to approve grants to define a common funding and knowledge agenda that would help low-income families move from poverty to financial stability.
Addressing the complex challenges cities face today requires collective effort from across sectors: public, private and nonprofit.
The Green Economy Working Group was established to provide a forum for our board members and their staff to align and coordinate efforts in the green economy, identify emerging areas of opportunity in the field, and drive an agenda that promotes eco…
We are working to improve the economic well-being of low-income people by ensuring that they are prepared for quality 21st century jobs.
Using data in decision-making is one the biggest challenges for collective impact initiatives. We’ve created several free resources to help you better manage the use of data for collective impact.
We developed a research and experimentation agenda that helps communities to strengthen their ability to deploy investment for public purpose.
We work with public sector leaders to foster more nimble, collaborative and data-driven local governments.
We partnered with Bloomberg Philanthropies to support a growing network of cities with dedicated innovation teams that developed and deployed bold ideas to tackle the biggest issues facing city governments.
We are working with Code for America and the National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership to support teams of civic technologists, data practitioners and government officials in cities to develop data and technology solutions to address pressing pro…
From 2010-2013, Living Cities supported several cities experimenting with the potential of Anchor Institutions—local universities and hospitals to transform economic systems
Our new blog series, with contributions from our members, grantees and many other leaders, highlights ongoing efforts across the U.S. that show promise of contributing to closing the racial opportunity gaps.
Our signature, multi-city initiative supports cities that are reshaping programs, policies and resource allocation to achieve enduring change that benefits low-income people.
In 2008, responding to the impact of concentrated foreclosures on urban neighborhoods, and in the absence of promising large-scale solutions, Living Cities launched an initiative to catalyze, test and learn from 10 local pilot initiatives to reclaim…
The strength of American cities—and the nation as a whole—depends on generating inclusive growth for people of all races, ethnicities, and incomes.
Public, private, and nonprofit leaders across Massachusetts and Rhode Island are teaming up to help resolve economic issues in smaller cities – and they're challenging leaders in those communities to do the same.
Living Cities launched the Admiral Center in 2009 for the express purpose of maximizing the engagement of celebrities in systems change on behalf of low income people.
Living Cities hit the road with former Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak to survey the partnerships between mayors and schools with an eye toward improving outcomes for kids.
The Brookings Institution and Living Cities State and Metropolitan Prosperity Collaborative was a peer exchange forum intended to promote deeper collaboration between state and metropolitan leaders on issues critical to creating economic opportunity.
We have worked to increase affordable access to job opportunities and essential services by advancing equitable transit-oriented development financing strategies and exploring the potential of other emerging models.
We work with the Harvard Kennedy School’s Ash Center to convene and support a network of mayoral chiefs of staff and policy leaders who advance transformative change through innovation in city government to improve the lives of residents.
We are investing in Pay for Success partnerships to test new ways of investing in human capital, and to develop a commercially viable market for doing so.
Living Cities worked with HUD, the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard University, and other partners to help create a plan that would facilitate increased comprehensiveness, integration and overall effectiveness of region…
Living Cities and our member institutions invested together in the Gulf Coast, where the magnitude of the post-Katrina challenge was unprecedented and the groups and organizations requiring help were exceptionally burdened.
Racial Equity Here supports five U.S. cities committed to improving racial equity and advancing opportunity for all.
In a new book, our Chief Impact Officer shares tools, ideas and best practices for change-makers who want to do better, faster.
Recognizing the incredible challenges cities face to stabilize neighborhoods struggling with foreclosures and abandonment, in 2010 we convened a Neighborhood Stabilization Boot Camp in partnership with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Develo…
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