Essays on People, Place & Purpose

Investing in What Works for America's Communities


Creating Resilient Communities

On April 12, Chairman of the Federal Reserve System, Ben S. Bernanke, spoke about healthy, resilient communities at the biennial Federal Reserve System Community Affairs Research Conference in Washington, D.C. Throughout his remarks, Bernanke spoke about the close connections between …

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Ensuring a Resilient Financial Future

By Lisa Hall, President and CEO, Calvert Foundation At Calvert Foundation, we envision a future where it is possible for all investors to be impact investors. We believe that empowering “everyday people” to invest in their own communities is a key step in ensuring a resilient and sust…

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Is Eliminating Poverty the Right Goal?

Six months after the launch of Investing in What Works for America’s Communities, the book’s co-publishers, the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco and the Low Income Investment Fund, are thrilled to be hosting the first in a series of regional meetings to spur discussion with local…

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Citi Foundation’s President On What Works & The Future of Community Development

The Citi Foundation is committed to the economic empowerment and financial inclusion of low- to moderate-income individuals and families in the communities where Citi operates. The Ideas Blog editors recently sat down with Citi Foundation President & CEO, Pamela Flaherty, to learn…

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An International Perspective on What Works for America’s Communities

The following blog posts were written by Jacob Kijne and Marian Fuchs-Carsch, two experienced researchers and practitioners of international development with extensive experience in water management issues, world food production, hunger, and poverty. They share their thoughts on Inves…

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If community development works, why is poverty at a record level?

The Washington, D.C., launch of Investing in What Works for America’s Communities served as a starting point for what we hope will become robust conversations around the ideas raised by the book’s authors on this blog. Leaving that meeting, we committed to getting these dialogues star…

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Moving from Poverty to Prosperity: An Integrated Approach to Community Development

In a commentary for Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity, a leading non-partisan forum on poverty, Nancy O. Andrews, president and CEO of the Low Income Investment Fund, and David Erickson, director of the Center for Community Development Investment of the Federal Reserve Bank of San …

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Community Development and Public Health: A Q&A with David Erickson

This piece was originally published on Reprinted with permission from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. How can the billions of dollars that are spent each year on community development make the places where we live, learn, work and play healthier? That question…

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Funding for this project was generously provided to the Low Income Investment Fund by the Citi Foundation.