Blog Post Eileen Neely on Oct 21, 2015

Living Cities’ Catalyst Fund Recognized as an Outstanding Impact Investing Vehi… 

For the fifth year in a row, our Catalyst Fund has been selected for ImpactAssets50, an impact investing showcase featuring Fund Managers that deliver social, environmental and financial returns.

Blog Post Brian R. Nagendra & Hannah Schiff on Oct 20, 2015

What Impact Investing Can Learn from the Telephone 

A new report offers recommendations for U.S. Community Investing industry to build an infrastructure that would bring new sources of capital to bear on public challenges.

Blog Post Amy Chung & Jed Emerson on Dec 11, 2014

Aligning Grants with Impact Investments Can Help Catalyze the Growing Impact In… 

Our capital has been leveraged nearly 30 times over, resulting in over $16 billion of financing that has helped build schools, affordable housing, clinics, childcare and job training facilities in ci…

Resource on Aug 6, 2014

Living Cities Catalyst Fund Annual Report July 2012-June 2013 

The Living Cities Catalyst Fund is a domestic impact investment vehicle that deploys concessionary, flexible debt to improve the lives of low income people and the communities where they live. This report provides an overview of investments and impa…

Blog Post Eileen Neely on Dec 4, 2014

Is Pay for Success Collective Impact? 

Is Pay for Success a forcing mechanism that can make Collective Impact tables work?

Blog Post Andrea Arnold on Nov 26, 2014

Engaging Local Communities to Improve Healthy Eating 

Over the past two years, IFF has developed a financing program to improve access to fresh, healthy food in low-income communities.

Social Finance

Foundations for Social Impact Bonds 

Blog Post Eileen Neely on Oct 21, 2014

Living Cities Selected for Outstanding Impact Investing Showcase 

Living Cities is excited and honored to be named, for the fourth consecutive year, to the ImpactAssets50. The IA 50 is the only free, public, searchable database of outstanding impact investing fund …

Blog Post Eileen Neely on Sep 10, 2014

The Real Promise of Pay for Success: It’s About People 

Pay for Success opens up exciting possibilities in terms of investing in people and in promising solutions to our nation’s most wicked problems, says Eileen Neely.

Blog Post on Sep 10, 2014

Expanding Our Capacity to Invest Private Capital for Public Purposes 

Impact investing is the deployment of capital with the intent of not only generating financial return, but also producing measurable social and environmental impacts.


Impact Investing 

Deploying capital with the intent of not only generating financial return, but also producing measurable social and environmental impacts.

Blog Post Eileen Neely & Nadia Owusu on Sep 10, 2014

Reducing Juvenile Recidivism and Increasing Employment in Massachusetts 

Juvenile recidivism has fueled America’s skyrocketing incarceration rate for years. Intervention can alter the trajectories of America’s most high-risk youngsters for the better. Without it, high-ris…

Resource on Feb 5, 2013

From Grants to Groundbreaking: Unlocking Impact Investments 

This Issue Brief explores the potential for greater coordination between impact investments and grants, with a focus on how grants may be structured to attract investment capital.

Blog Post Robin Hacke on Jul 3, 2014

Why More Foundations Should Be Making Program-Related Investments 

Through PRIs and impact investments generally, foundations can help to ensure that capital flows in ways that create opportunity and prosperity for all.

Blog Post Eileen Neely on Apr 30, 2014

Social Impact “Bond” or Social Impact “Equity”? 

Calling Pay for Success a “bond” lays the wrong foundation for our thinking about this innovation, potentially limiting its application and commercial success.

Person Kresge Foundation

Robin Hacke 

Ms. Hacke formerly work at Living Cities as Director of Capital Innovation in September of 2007. At Living Cities, Ms. Hacke was responsible for developing initiatives to aggregate and deploy investment capital in low-income and under served urban c…

Blog Post Eileen Neely on Apr 30, 2014

Catalyzing a New Market: Social Impact Bonds, Pay for Success, and the Role of … 

Why Living Cities entered the Social Impact Bond market and how foundations can play a critical role as an “idea shop” where new innovations are tested and concepts are proven to allow the potential …

Resource on Dec 4, 2012

The Capital Absorption Capacity of Places: A Research Agenda and Framework 

This document outlines our research agenda and framework for illuminating the political, social, cultural, and financial elements that create capacity for the effective deployment of investment capital in under-served communities.

Blog Post Robin Hacke on Apr 12, 2014

From Transaction to Transformation: The Capital Absorption Capacity of Places 

In many cities, the overall community investment ecosystem is not functioning well.

Blog Post Amy Chung on Apr 8, 2014

Bringing the “Development” to Equitable Transit-Oriented Development 

Amy Chung describes how we are working with lenders, nonprofit advocates, metropolitan organizations and many other groups to explore how we can help move equitable transit-oriented development initi…

Blog Post Nadia Owusu on Apr 4, 2014

Celebrating the First Three Years of the Integration Initiative 

In the first 3 years of the Integration Initiative, we gleaned important lessons on realigning institutions across issues, sectors, and disciplines. We also have seen significant evidence pointing to…

Blog Post Alison Gold on May 29, 2013

Questioning the Conventional Wisdom of Community Development 

If we want to end poverty in cities, we must transform the systems that produce poverty.