Essays on People, Place & Purpose

Investing in What Works for America's Communities

2015 December

Introducing The Social Impact Calculator 2.0

Last year, the Low Income Investment Fund (LIIF) launched the Social Impact Calculator, a free and open source tool to assess the social impact of community investments. Since then, we have received numerous questions about the tool, and have also learned about other efforts to measur…

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What Works News Round-Up – December 17, 2015

In the News Here is some of the latest poverty and community development news from this past week. The Washington Post (12/17/15) Lending Help: Innovative New Program Allows Poor Renters to Build Credit By Paying Off Loans Through the Partners in Progress initiative, Jubilee Housing t…

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Transit’s Role in Building Equitable Communities

Transit is about more than getting people from point A to point B – it’s a way to connect people to jobs, education, health care, critical services and more. Transit agencies, planners, and community developers increasingly recognize that boosting access to transit is a powerful tool …

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What Does it Take to Create a Financially Healthy America?

Three years ago, we released Investing in What Works for America’s Communities, which included a resounding call for integrated efforts to address poverty in America’s communities. Recognizing that we are strongest when we work together, the book was a call for leaders from the public…

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What Works News Round-Up – December 8, 2015

In the News Here is some of the latest poverty and community development news from this past week. The Washington Post (12/8/15) One Way to Boost Achievement Among Poor Kids? Make Sure They Have Classmates Who Aren’t Poor. Race-based school integration plans helped boost black student…

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