Local Systems Change

Transforming communities into places of opportunity for everyone requires changing the policies and practices that affect how money flows into disinvested communities. To succeed at this complex work, local leaders can benefit from support as they shift out of “business as usual” thinking and practice.

We’ve come to believe that by providing coaching to local teams and leaders, combined with peer learning and just-in-time strategic consultation at key inflection points, we can help communities develop the relationships, resources, and networks necessary to advance their work.

We assist place-based partnerships and institutions willing to reshape local practices and attract and deploy capital to achieve their community priorities.  In this way, we think we can help create the systems changes necessary to overcome disinvestment and improve opportunity so that everyone has a fair chance to lead a healthy and productive life.

To learn more about our approach, check out Community Investment: Focusing on the System

Connect Capital

Across the country, cross-sector teams are coming together in communities to improve the lives of their residents and increase access to opportunity. Connect Capital is working with six of these communities to attract and deploy capital at a scale necessary to achieve their vision. Over two years, teams from Central Appalachia; Coachella Valley, CA; Miami, FL; Milwaukee, WI; Richmond, VA; and Seattle, WA will receive customized coaching, facilitated peer learning, and funding for a local staff position dedicated to advancing the team’s work. Drawing on the capital absorption framework, participants will establish shared priorities across stakeholders, create pipelines of investable projects, and strengthen the policies and practices required to achieve their desired results.

Accelerating Investments for Healthy Communities (AIHC)

Nonprofit hospitals and health systems are increasingly looking beyond their walls to strategies like affordable housing, food security and asset building to improve the health and wellness of community members. These same organizations often have an array of assets—financial resources, land, and expertise—that can be harnessed to create more equitable, sustainable, and healthy communities. Accelerating Investments in Healthy Communities is helping a cohort of eight innovative non-profit hospitals and health systems advance and deepen their efforts to invest in their communities, and inspire others to do the same. 

Transforming investment in communities

The Center for Community Investment at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy is supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, The Kresge Foundation, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and the Surdna Foundation.

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