Community Development Needs a Quarterback
In a new blog post for the Stanford Social Innovation Review (SSIR), Brandee McHale of the Citi Foundation and Nancy O. Andrews of the Low Income Investment Fund discuss the promise of the “community quarterback” model for addressing poverty and revitalizing communities nationwide.
As McHale and Andrews explain, challenges facing disadvantaged communities are not confined to just housing, education, or unemployment. To make meaningful improvements in the lives of low-income individuals and families, we must address all these areas—and more—in an integrated way. Through the quarterback model, a single local organization is able to integrate antipoverty work across a region, bringing together multiple partners who can collaborate together to achieve shared goals.
The Partners in Progress (PIP) initiative, funded by the Citi Foundation, is testing the quarterback model nationally by funding the work of 13 organizations across the country. The efforts vary in scope and objectives, but they all follow the same framework for delivering powerful outcomes for people and places.