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 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 Nancy Andrews on Oct 6, 2016

The Aspirations of Community Development 

We in community development haven’t done enough, and we owe it to our aspirations and our sense of purpose to do more.

Resource on Nov 10, 2014

The Integration Initiative: Three Year Evaluation Report 

This report is a culmination of the first three years of the work of The Integration Initiative's partner sites.

Blog Post Brandee McHale on Sep 22, 2016

Philanthropy’s Moment: Enabling and Protecting the Financial Futures of America… 

Three principles can help philanthropy create financial stability for the futures of American families.

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…

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The United States: Domestic Opportunities for the Impact Investing Sector? 

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…

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Municipal Innovation 

Supporting a movement towards local government that is nimble, collaborative and data driven.

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.

Resource on Nov 10, 2014

The Integration Initiative: Three Year Evaluation Executive Summary 

This executive summary highlights the main findings from the evaluation of the first three years of the work of The Integration Initiative's partner sites.

Blog Post Eileen Neely & Richard Edwards on Jun 9, 2016

How the Pay For Success Construction Loan Can Expand Social Impact [INFOGRAPHIC] 

Upfront costs pose a barrier to getting Pay for Success deals off the ground. We've illustrated how the new "Construction Loan" will address those barriers and create opportunity to scale Pay for Suc…

Blog Post Craig Adelman & Devin Culbertson on Apr 7, 2016

Using Public Land to Create Equitable Communities: Policy Best Practices 

Enacting changes in policy that support affordable housing and eTOD are a powerful way that public agencies can effect social change in their jurisdictions.

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Elizabeth Vargas 

Elizabeth Vargas managed Living Cities’ social media and web strategies. She brings an enthusiasm for integrating digital media and traditional communications to drive social change.

Blog Post Craig Adelman & Devin Culbertson on Mar 17, 2016

Using Public Land to Create Equitable Communities: Financial Best Practices 

By financially supporting affordable housing for low- and moderate-income families near transit, public agencies can be key agents in developing strong projects for the benefit of the public good.

Resource on Sep 9, 2014

Reflections on Living Cities' Integration Initiative 

Our President and CEO Ben Hecht shares some of the biggest lessons from the first three years of our signature Integration Initiative that aims to catalyze systems change to improve the lives of low income people in US cities.

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 Craig Adelman & Devin Culbertson on Mar 10, 2016

Using Public Land to Create Equitable Communities: Why Should Public Agencies I… 

Activating unused or underutilized public parcels with effective, equitable transit-oriented development strategies can create a myriad of benefits for communities (and public agencies).

Blog Post Ben Hecht on Mar 9, 2016

Four Key Elements Are Needed to Remake Economic Development 

The new framework for economic development proposed by Brookings' Amy Liu should be taken as a vital call to action. Four elements, in particular, have proven to be crucial to building a future of sh…

Blog Post Elizabeth Vargas on Feb 29, 2016

#GoodReads: Environmental Racism, Inequality and A Path Forward  

The water contamination tragedy in Flint, MI underscores the importance of addressing issues at the root of the crisis. Our staff share three articles that highlight perspectives on inequality and po…