LIIF is excited to launch the Just Good Capital blog—we see it as a natural next step in our efforts to invest capital to create opportunity in low-income communities.
For us, capital is a critical tool to address the growing economic inequality in our nation, and we’re always striving for new ways to use it. From exploring outcomes-based financing mechanisms like Pay for Success, to weaving together new funding streams that support integrated health and housing projects, we’re constantly learning and evolving to make our investments go farther for the families and communities we serve.
Over the past four years, the Investing in What Works book project, published in collaboration with the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco and the Citi Foundation, sparked this search for innovation and generated a larger conversation about the need for new approaches to fighting poverty. In particular, the book advocated for community development strategies that match the complexity of the problems we face. Strategies that are comprehensive, data-driven, and accountable, and—ideally—led by flexible and sophisticated “community quarterbacks” to coordinate multiple players.
While the What Works conversation lives on with new additions to the book series, we seek to continue the original conversation about how we can work better and smarter right here on this blog. To maximize our impact, we’ll need to increase our capacity to measure success, our ability to innovate and develop new tools and our flexibility to form new partnerships.
This blog will serve to:
- Lift up big ideas about how we can help every person live up to their full potential
- Spotlight creative, impactful, real-life examples of how capital and resources are being put to work on the ground.
- Explore and uncover emerging trends, approaches and data with an eye for where our field should go next.
- Provide space for learning, sharing and discussion so that we can all do better, together.
We welcome and encourage you to join us in furthering the dialogue around how we can become more evidence-based and outcomes-driven.
Please submit your ideas, strategies and approaches to us here .