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by Ben Hecht on Sep 30, 2019

An Exciting Update from Living Cities: JaNay's New Role as Chief Strategy Officer 

Announcing JaNay Queen Nazaire's new role as Living Cities’ first Chief Strategy Officer.

on Aug 21, 2015

Living Cities Catalyst Fund Annual Report July 2013-June 2014 

As of June 30, 2014, the Fund had commitments of $34.6 million from ten investors. Since inception, our total cumulative lending of $40.2 million has sparked initiatives with total funding of over $825 million.

Blog Post Ben Hecht on Sep 30, 2019

An Exciting Update from Living Cities: JaNay's New Role as Chief Strategy Offic… 

Announcing JaNay Queen Nazaire's new role as Living Cities’ first Chief Strategy Officer.

Blog Post Crystal Li & JaNay Queen Nazaire on May 24, 2019

Bringing Our Results Framework to Life: Building a Data Culture 

Blog Post Demetric Duckett on May 10, 2019

A Different Philanthropic Approach: Seeding Hope in Regional Inclusive Growth 

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 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 Ben Hecht on Nov 17, 2016

#BensTake: Reflections on the 2016 Election 

Living Cities' CEO offers questions and initial reflections on what the election means for low-income people in America’s cities, and what it means for our work.


Pay for Success U.S. Activity Map 

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…

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 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.


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 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.

Resource on Oct 2, 2013

Harnessing the Economic Power of Anchor Institutions: Lessons Learned through Living Citi… 

Over the past three years, Living Cities has been testing the hypothesis that anchor institutions can play a significant role in creating economic opportunity in cities. This report highlights key lessons and questions from that work.

Blog Post Tynesia Boyea-Robinson on Sep 24, 2015

The Collective Impact Funders' Manifesto  

With football season starting, Ty Boyea-Robinson decided to use her fantasy football skills to create a Manifesto that will build successful relationship between collective impact funders and grantee…

Blog Post Elizabeth Vargas on Jun 12, 2015

How We Learn Alongside our Partners: #GoodReads from Living Cities Staff 

Following a big announcement from the Ford Foundation, our weekly round-up of reading recommendations highlights the partners, initiatives and approaches that we look to for learning.

Person Seattle & King County

Kirsten Wysen 

Kirsten Wysen is a Project Manager, Public Health--Seattle & King County in the Director’s Office. She also is the Initiative Director of The Integration Initiative site in Seattle.

Blog Post Catherine Bracy & Sarah Rosen Wartell on Jun 10, 2015

Introducing the Civic Tech and Data Collaborative 

A new effort to harness the transformative power of data technology to improve the lives of low-income people.

Resource on Feb 19, 2013

Summary of Anchor Institutions Design Lab: Opportunities, Barriers and Strategies for Har… 

This report examines how anchor institutions can realize their full potential in terms of generating economic activity and opening up opportunity for low income people.

Blog Post Jeff Edmondson & Ben Hecht on Sep 9, 2014

Defining Quality Collective Impact 

Collective impact is at a strategic inflection point. To realize its promise, we need to define in concrete terms what “quality collective impact” really means.

Blog Post Kirsten Wysen on Jul 24, 2014

5 Opportunities (and Challenges!) of Community Engagement 

The opportunities of engaging community in collective impact initiatives also come with challenges. Here are five opportunities and challenges Seattle/King County faced in community engagement:

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 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.