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by Brinda Ganguly on Sep 14, 2017

Five Elements of Effective Collaboration for Investors 

Our new Managing Director of the Catalyst Loan Funds reflects on her first couple of months at Living Cities, sharing her thoughts on how those in the investment world can more effectively collaborate.

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on Feb 14, 2017

Blended Catalyst Fund Annual Report: Fiscal Year 2016 

This report covers the Blended Catalyst Fund activities for the period from first closing on December 15, 2015 through June 30, 2016.

Blog Post Brinda Ganguly on Sep 14, 2017

Five Elements of Effective Collaboration for Investors 

Our new Managing Director of the Catalyst Loan Funds reflects on her first couple of months at Living Cities, sharing her thoughts on how those in the investment world can more effectively collaborat…

Blog Post Annie Dear & Casey A. Littlefield on Jul 18, 2017

Innovations in Pay for Success: Outcomes Rate Cards 

An new evolution in Pay for Success could help improve outcomes for communities.

Blog Post Andrew E Olson & Trent Van Alfen on Jun 28, 2017

Innovations in Pay for Success: Paving a Path to Sustainable Medicaid Funding f… 

Resource on Feb 14, 2017

Catalyst Fund Annual Report: Fiscal Year 2015-2016 

This report covers activities in the eighth year of operations for the Living Cities Catalyst Fund.

Blog Post Celeste Richie on Jun 21, 2017

Innovations in PFS: Using WIOA Pay for Performance to Improve Workforce Outcomes 

Five years into Pay for Success, an innovative policy shift will open the door to new strategies for driving better employment outcomes for thousands of youth.

Blog Post Sindhu Lakshmanan on Jun 15, 2017

How Massachusetts’s New PFS Project Will Help Make the American Dream a Reality 

A new Pay for Success project in Massachusetts will help put 2,000 immigrants and refugees on the path towards achieving the American dream

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Pay for Success U.S. Activity Map 

Blog Post Sindhu Lakshmanan on May 25, 2017

Trading Jail Beds for Paychecks: Salt Lake County’s New PFS Project 

A new Pay for Success project will reduce recidivism and improve quality of life for those most likely to re-enter the prison system

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.

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Social Impact Bonds 

Bringing together government agencies, social service providers and socially minded financiers to achieve better results for people receiving preventative social services and for the taxpayers funding those services.

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.

Resource on Oct 18, 2016

Pay for Success: Living Cities' Initial Screening Criteria 

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.

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.

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Ben Hecht 

Ben Hecht is the President and CEO of Living Cities, a collaborative of 18 of the world’s leading foundations and financial institutions who work together to boldly fight poverty in America’s cities.

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…

Resource on Jun 29, 2016

Collective Impact Element Dashboard 

Living Cities developed the Collective Impact Elements dashboard as a tool to capture progress and prioritize resources based on where site partners are in their work.

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.