Blog Post Brian R. Nagendra & Sindhu Lakshmanan on Mar 1, 2018

Living Cities’ Catalyst Impact Funds Named to ImpactAssets 50 for Seventh Conse… 

For the seventh year in a row, Living Cities’ Catalyst Impact Funds have been selected for the ImpactAssets 50. Learn more about our impact investing.

Blog Post Brinda Ganguly & Brian R. Nagendra on Feb 8, 2018

New Impact Investing Strategy Puts Race Front and Center 

Driving impact through investment means getting real about race.

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… 

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

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.

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 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 Xavier De Souza Briggs on Oct 26, 2016

Inclusive Capitalism Goes Local 

Five ways to make capitalism more inclusive and create opportunity for all.

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.

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…