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Investing in What Works for America's Communities

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EXPLORE THE BOOK SERIES

  • What Counts: Harnessing Data for America’s Communities
  • What It’s Worth: Strengthening the Financial Future of Families, Communities and the Nation

What Works Wednesdays

Since the release of Investing in What Works for America’s Communities, hundreds of readers from across the United States and other countries have written in to “Tell Us What Works” in the fight against poverty. Readers have shared strategies, ideas, innovations, and inspiration to ad…

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Angela Glover Blackwell on the Policy Implications of America’s Changing Demographics

Investing in What Works for America’s Communities author Angela Glover Blackwell joined Minnesota Public Radio’s show The Daily Circuit to talk about the ways America’s changing demographics will affect the nation’s future policy agenda. The show also featured …

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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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What Works Launch Event Recap, Photos & Videos

It was standing room only at the formal launch of our new book, Investing in What Works for America’s Communities, where co-authors and leaders specializing in poverty, community development, philanthropy, government, and finance shared their views on the challenges, opportunities, an…

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A View on What Works

Ben Hecht, a contributing author to Investing in What Works for America’s Communities and president and CEO of Living Cities, reflected on the five key themes he took away from the recent book launch events in December in Washington, DC. His piece in the Stanford Social Innovati…

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Investing in What Works for America’s Communities is a joint project of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco and the Low Income Investment Fund.

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Tell Us What Works

The ideas in Investing in What Works for America’s Communities are just a start. We want to hear about what’s working in your community. Tell us about innovative ideas for addressing poverty and share examples of people and places that inspire you. We want to share these ideas and spark conversation about how to create opportunity and prosperity for all Americans. Tell Us What Works

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