Beyond Grantmaking: Living Cities’ Effort to Inform and Influence the Broader Field

Beyond Grantmaking: Living Cities’ Effort to Inform and Influence the Broader Field

Living Cities has a longstanding goal of achieving a significant level of impact relative to the scale of its grantmaking and investment capacity. To achieve the desired level of impact, Living Cities has pursued a conscious strategy to generate knowledge and insight from its direct work in places. As a collaborative of many of the world’s largest foundations and financial institutions, the member organizations are often the first audience to access the knowledge and insight that Living Cities generates. However, Living Cities has also committed to sharing that knowledge with the broader field through a messaging frame that emphasizes the urgency to adopt lessons learned in more places. In combining message and knowledge, Living Cities hopes to influence the behavior of a broad swath of actors to take action that will dramatically improve the economic well-being of low-income people in cities.

So what has come out of this strategic “doubling down” on field influence? Living Cities contracted with Mt. Auburn Associates to examine the outcomes and related learning that emerge from Living Cities’ effort to affect the broader field, extending its impact beyond the portfolio of place-based grants. Download the final report to learn more.


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