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Investing in What Works for America's Communities

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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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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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What Works News Round-Up – August 15, 2014

In the News Here is some of the latest poverty and community development news from this past week. KPCC-FM (8/12/14) Small Community Loan Program Keeps Childcare Centers Afloat Candace Wong, California Director of Child Care at the Low Income Investment Fund, said it loaned $1.8 milli…

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What Works News Round-Up – July 25, 2014

In the News Here is some of the latest poverty and community development news from this past week. Stanford Social Innovation Fund Blog (7/22/14) Community Development Needs a Quarterback By: Nancy O. Andrews (LIIF) and Brandee McHale (Citi Foundation) Challenges facing disadvantaged …

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What Works News Round-Up – July 3, 2014

In the News Here is some of the latest poverty and community development news from this past week. Stanford Social Innovation Review Blog (7/2/14) A Strong Field Framework for SIBs The United States Social Impact Bond (SIB) sector has entered a phase of rapid growth. Four projects are…

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What Works News Round-Up – June 27, 2014

In the News Here is some of the latest poverty and community development news from this past week. The Washington Post (6/27/14) Librarians are becoming affordable housing advocates. Yes, you read that right A  new group is joining the push for more affordable housing: city libraries.…

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What Works News Round-Up – May 30, 2014

In the News Here is some of the latest poverty and community development news from this past week. Al Jazeera America (5/28/14) Partners In Progress: Initiative Creates One-Stop Shops For Needy Families “It’s a paradigm shift in how we’ve approached our work in previous decades,” said…

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What Works News Round-Up – May 23, 2014

In the News Here is some of the latest poverty and community development news from this past week. The Washington Post (5/23/14) The dramatic inequality of public-school spending in America Per-pupil spending alone doesn’t tell us everything about the quality of education in any…

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What Works News Round-Up – May 9, 2014

In the News Here is some of the latest poverty and community development news from this past week. Al Jazeera America (5/9/14) The Ride to the Top Your own two feet may be the great equalizers in a nation with a widening wealth and education gap. Both the most educated and wealthiest …

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What Works News Round-Up – May 2, 2014

In the News Here is some of the latest poverty and community development news from this past week. Al Jazeera America (5/1/14) Census: U.S. Has Fewer ‘Near Poor’ As Many Slip Into True Poverty The first U.S. Census Bureau report on the near-poor, released Thursday, shows that 14.7 mil…

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