Finding Myself Beyond White Institutional Culture

As a white woman, my anti-racist work is two-fold: supporting people of color, particularly Black organizers, who are working towards new, equitable systems, and doing the internal work required of white people to break down how we have internalized racial…

March 20, 2020

An Invitation to Center Race in Government Responses to COVID-19

We are asking how to best move the long-term work of closing racial gaps in income and wealth through partnership with city governments, while acknowledging and affirming the immediate crisis that public servants are addressing. We are committed to our…

March 18, 2020

Turning the Mirror Onto Ourselves

Part of what we’ve learned from looking at the evolution of work in our Integration Initiative cities is that everything ties back to racial equity. The root cause of so many of the inequities we see in cities around the…

March 10, 2020

Doing the Right Things Right

Living Cities’ new Theory of Change represents our unique position on how to close racial gaps across the country. My colleagues like to joke that no matter what we’re talking about or what meeting I’m in, I’m always asking: Are…

March 5, 2020

We Were There: Reckoning with Living Cities’ History on Race

Our new interactive movement history timeline lets you interact with Living Cities’ past, including major political milestones and cultural touch points in our history, and envision a future without racial income and wealth gaps. Nearly 30 years ago, Living Cities…

March 3, 2020

Is Philanthropy Aligned on the Root Causes of Inequities?

Too often, we assume a partnership between two or more philanthropic institutions represents true “alignment” – even when they are divorced from the people and dynamics on the ground. Furthermore, there is usually a lack of clarity around the intended…

February 26, 2020

Rising to the Challenge of Closing Racial Gaps

Can philanthropy drive systems change? By changing the way we approach the work in our individual institutions and how we collaborate, Living Cities seeks to prove that we can actually make meaningful progress toward the issue of our generation: closing…

February 25, 2020

#WealthInColor: Disparities in New Orleans’ Entrepreneurial Ecosystem [INFOGRAPHIC]

The goal of this project was to ensure that entrepreneurs of color, particularly those with businesses poised to scale, could access the capital and community resources they need to grow their enterprises – resources that technical assistance providers, capital providers, anchor institutions and others have often denied them.

February 20, 2020

Strength In Numbers: The Importance of the 2020 Census

The census holds power to bring visibility, resources and political agency to our communities. It’s up to us to share the facts and mobilize each other around the upcoming census, so that our communities receive equitable resources and representation in…

December 22, 2019

Reimagining Black Wealth: Asking 400 Year Old Questions

As researchers and conveners, we know that addressing the root causes for our country’s racial disparities requires expertise and radical collaboration. On our quest to understand what it takes to achieve more equitable outcomes for all people in a country…

December 6, 2019

#WealthInColor: Michael Meredith of VPG Enterprises

As part of our #WealthInColor video series, we’re proud to be able to highlight the first of our New Orleans entrepreneurs. Michael Meredith of VPG Enterprises is an engineer, former baseball player, previous employee of a Fortune 5 oil company,…

November 21, 2019