Essays on People, Place & Purpose

Investing in What Works for America's Communities

2015 January

Capital Magnet Fund: A Smart Solution for Affordable Housing

We can say with growing certainty that the economy is in recovery. Unemployment, the stock market, and other economic indicators have reached pre-recession levels. However, millions of low-income American families are still struggling to find stable, affordable housing. According to a…

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What Works News Round-Up – January 27, 2015

In the News Here is some of the latest poverty and community development news from this past week. The Hill (1/27/15) Capital Magnet Fund Creates ‘Bang for the Buck’ in Affordable Housing Given the climate on Capitol Hill, it’s rare to find a program with all of the elemen…

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A New Testament of Hope

By: Darren Walker This post originally appeared on Medium.com Last month, Darren Walker, President of the Ford Foundation, reflected on the parallels between Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “testament of hope” and the present-day demonstrations spurred by the recent killings of young me…

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What Works News Round-Up – January 16, 2015

In the News Here is some of the latest poverty and community development news from this past week. The Washington Post (1/16/15) Majority Of U.S. Public School Students Are In Poverty For the first time in at least 50 years, a majority of U.S. public school students come from low-inco…

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The Momentum – And Need for Clarity – in Impact Investing

By William Burckart This piece is based on Mr. Burckart’s three-part blog series in Next Billion. You can read parts one, two, and three here. In many ways, impact investing is on a winning streak. Consider a few recent milestones that illustrate the sector’s growing momentum: In Marc…

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What Works News Round-Up – January 8, 2015

In the News Here is some of the latest poverty and community development news from this past week. The Atlantic (1/7/15) Suburbs and the New American Poverty But the suburbs of Atlanta no longer hold just the promise of good schools, clean streets, and whitewashed homes with manicured…

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