Blog Post Ben Hecht on Aug 18, 2015

#BensTake: How to Build a New Type of Urban Practice: Analyzing NLC’s Economic … 

Findings from the National League of Cities' 2015 Local Economic Conditions report highlight three opportunity areas where we can focus our attention to get dramatically better results for low-income…

Blog Post Elizabeth Vargas on Aug 7, 2015

The Shared Economy, Disaggregated Data And Other #GoodReads from Living Cities … 

Our diverse portfolio gives us a unique vantage point to identify trends and accelerate the uptake of promising practices in the field. This week’s reading recommendations explore a few of these tren…

Blog Post Juan Sebastian Arias on Jun 18, 2015

Three Mindset Shifts Needed to Get More People in Good Jobs 

To equitably improve employment outcomes in a given place, all stakeholders at the table must change how they see the problem and their role in providing solutions, starting with three mindset shifts.

Resource on Apr 2, 2014

Non-Skill Employment Barriers Webinar 

On March 26th, Living Cities hosted a webinar exploring the non-skill barriers to employment faced by formerly incarcerated individuals.

Blog Post Carly Rospert on May 13, 2015

Excellence with Equity 

Implementing collective impact in a quality way means actively working to make systems more equitable and closing disparities in achievement.

Blog Post Ben Hecht on Apr 14, 2015

#AgeOfLiteracy: The Promise of Cross-Sector Collaboration 

At a moment in which collaboration is becoming the new competition, The StrivePartnership promises to catalyze lasting change in the education space through collective impact.

Albuquerque Business Journal

Working Your Way Toward Academic Success 

Blog Post Ben Hecht on Feb 4, 2015

#BensTake: Majority of Public School Students Now in Poverty 

Our CEO, Ben Hecht, shares his take on a recent study that indicates most public school children live in poverty. Part of our new blog series, #BensTake.

Blog Post Nancy Zimpher on Jan 14, 2015

Three Transformational Ways Universities Can Support the Success of Every Stude… 

To achieve dramatically better results for low-income people faster, colleges and universities must broaden college access like never before and speed degree completion.

Blog Post David Lubell & Rachel Peric on Jan 13, 2015

A Welcoming Moment for U.S. Cities  

U.S. cities have an opportunity to grow economically by becoming more welcoming to immigrants. Welcoming America offers 3 lessons from efforts in Nashville, TN and Dayton, OH for starting welcoming e…



Disrupting disparate outcomes in income, wealth, and access to opportunity.

Blog Post Paul Grogan on Jan 8, 2015

Coaching Students to Post-Secondary Success 

The Boston Foundation joined public and private partners around the city to launch the Success Boston College Completion Initiative, with the audacious goal to double the college completion rate for …

Resource on Jul 11, 2013

Webinar: How to Create Good, Local Jobs by Scaling Business Enterprises 

Living Cities' webinar will discuss how Inner City Advisors' is forging a new path for economic growth, proving that racial, gender and economic inclusion foster stronger economies.

Blog Post Donna Leuchten on Nov 27, 2014

Partnering for Impact: Building A National CDFI to Scale Healthy Food Financing 

Organization like UpLift work to bring healthy food to underserved neighborhoods, and to create quality jobs for those who need them most.

Blog Post Juan Sebastian Arias on Oct 16, 2014

Enhancing the Employment Chances for Formerly Incarcerated Americans  

We brought together leading practitioners in an ongoing conversation about overcoming the significant barriers that face job-seekers with law enforcement records. Here are 5 lessons we learned.

Person Living Cities

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 Nadia Owusu on Oct 7, 2014

Making Cities More Playable for All 

Living Cities CEO, Ben Hecht, and KaBOOM! founder, Darell Hammond, sit down to discuss 'playability' and how it affects low-income people.

Resource on May 21, 2013

McKinsey & Co. and Living Cities Research on Trends in US Cities 

This report with McKinsey & Co and Living Cities covers five major trends that are affecting US cities and identifies how cities are responding to these trends

Blog Post Juan Sebastian Arias & Katy Silliman on Oct 2, 2014

Announcing the Launch of a Collective Impact Workforce Initiative 

Living Cities and StriveTogether are supporting 5 communities in their Collective Impact efforts to address local workforce challenges.

Blog Post Darrin Redus on Sep 16, 2014

Time to Integrate our Separate and Unequal Business Development Systems 

Darrin Redus of MainStreet Inclusion Advisors looks broadly at the minority business assistance landscape and imagines what it would take to boost minority entrepreneurship, business growth and hirin…

Blog Post Arthur Burris on Sep 10, 2014

Creating Jobs in America’s Cities: Three Frontiers in Economic Development 

Three potential frontiers for cities to create more and better jobs for their residents.

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.