Community Development Needs a Quarterback

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In a new blog post on the Stanford Social Innovation Review, Nancy O. Andrews, LIIF’s President and CEO, and Brande McHale, Chief Operating Officer of the Citi Foundation, make a case for “community quarterbacks” to tackle the issues facing low-income families and communities. Drawing on the concept that first emerged in the book Investing in What Works for America’s Communities, the authors describe quarterbacks as high-capacity, high-performing local organizations whose job is to identify and build on comprehensive approaches that support the development of human capital — such as early childhood education, quality schools and safe neighborhoods.

To support the quarterback model, LIIF and the Citi Foundation recently launched the Partners in Progress (PIP) Initiative, which is supporting 13 organizations across the country in their work to knit together proven economic development strategies. “Communities are the incubators of their resident’s futures—the places where they are born, grow up and go to school, get jobs, and raise families of their own. That is why integrated community development strategies are so important,” said Ms. Andrews and Ms. McHale. PIP grantees featured in the article include the Youth Policy Institute in Los Angeles and Neighborhood Housing Services of South Florida in Miami.

Read the full article on Stanford Social Innovation Review


Source: Stanford Social Innovation Review