Essays on People, Place & Purpose

Investing in What Works for America's Communities

What Works Wednesdays

by Admin

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. We are encouraged by what we’ve heard from you and hope sharing these ideas sparks dialogue about what works to provide opportunity for all Americans. We hope you’ll contribute your ideas and tell us what works for your community.

CityLights Network has been connecting community organizations in Southwest Philadelphia with each other and with regional partners for over 18 years. We encourage collaboration and capacity building through network meetings, joint projects, service days, and workshops. The key is building relationships, both within the community and beyond.
-Carey, Philadelphia, PA


The Native Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) in Indian Country have integrated financial literacy and entrepreneurship education in to the K-12 school system, run a successful match savings programs, organized a revolving loan fund, and provided training and technical assistance in our rural remote reservation community. The CDFIs’ comprehensive, integrated asset building strategies have had amazing outcomes, results and impact in the community.
-Tanya, Eagle Butte, SD


Implementing a holistic approach to community development is easier said than done. Government resources are still largely managed in silos, and coordinating government agencies, philanthropy, and the private sector to meet the needs of local communities requires extraordinary commitment and effective leadership. But persistence and effort pay off. The holistic approach has the power to transform neighborhoods and, as a result, the lives of their residents.
-Oscar, Washington, DC


We are working to address diabetes related health disparities in Flint, MI. By collaborating across sectors such as housing, education, healthcare and public safety, we are developing synergy which gives me hope that we will make progress toward improving some of the root causes of inequalities in Flint.
-Laurie, Flint, MI


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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.