Essays on People, Place & Purpose

Investing in What Works for America's Communities

2014 September

What Works News Round-Up – September 26, 2014

In the News Here is some of the latest poverty and community development news from this past week. Next City (9/24/14) Transportation Funding Change Aims For Equality in Twin Cities From exclusionary zoning policies to trains that stop before reaching areas of racially concentrated po…

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What Works News Round-Up – September 18, 2014

In the News Here is some of the latest poverty and community development news from this past week. The Wall Street Journal (9/18/14) Yellen Highlights Deepening U.S. Poverty Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen said Thursday the 2007-2009 recession left lasting scars on the poorest…

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Moving From Needs to Assets: How Hospitals Can Address the Social Determinants of Health

What happens inside America’s hospitals will not improve the health of our population, at least not by itself. Social and economic factors such as quality education, adequate employment, affordable housing and exposure to crime – just a few examples of social determinants of health – …

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What Works News Round-Up – September 12, 2014

In the News Here is some of the latest poverty and community development news from this past week. MetroTrends Blog (9/11/14) Lose Your Job, Lose Your Family: How Unemployment Affects Family Stability Job loss is bad news for children of single mothers. These children are at a higher …

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The LIIF Social Impact Calculator: A New Approach to Measuring Impact

By Nancy O. Andrews and Dan Rinzler Today, the Low Income Investment Fund (LIIF) announces the launch of its Social Impact Calculator, a first-of-its-kind tool that allows us to monetize—or put a dollar amount on—the social impact of our investments in low-income communities. For LIIF…

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What Works News Round-Up – September 4, 2014

In the News Here is some of the latest poverty and community development news from this past week. The Chronicle of Philanthropy (9/4/14) New Tool Puts Dollar Value on Social Projects Measuring the social impact of building low-cost housing, child-care centers, and health clinics in p…

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Igniting Vibrant Communities: SOCAP 2014

September 2-5, 2014 San Francisco, CA SOCAP is one of the largest conferences dedicated to increasing the flow of capital toward social good. Since it began in 2008, SOCAP has convened more than 5,000 leading global innovators – impact investors, social entrepreneurs, philanthropists,…

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