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October 31, 2017

October 2017: Grantee Outcome and Impact Updates

Grantees’ Huge Strides   Three and a half years into the 4-year CCF initiative, grantees continue to make huge strides in providing more and more residents from persistently low-income neighborhoods with the services and support they need to succeed.  Grantees are scaling programs that work and, with increasingly sophisticated data, relentlessly improving programs to achieve better outcomes.   Cypress Hills Local Development Corporation The Cypress Hills Local Development Corporation (CHLDC) significantly expanded its youth development pipeline in September 2017 and now serves 1,695 young peop … Continued

October 31, 2017

What Makes an Effective Philanthropic Collaborative? Change Capital Fund Turns 20-Years-Old

Change Capital Fund, gearing up for its 20th year, has proven to be an unusually effective philanthropic collaborative. The Association for Neighborhood & Housing Development (ANHD) has long believed that philanthropy – both by banks and private foundations – should focus much of their giving at the local level to neighborhood-based organizations that are effectively addressing problems and building grassroots capacity for greater change. We also believe that sometimes philanthropy should have a strategic theory of how targeted funding can have a larger impact beyond any individual grant. … Continued

September 30, 2017

September 2017: CCF Success Stories

CCF Success Stories! Over the past three years, CCF grantees have touched – and moved forward – the lives of nearly 10,000 New Yorkers living in poverty.  Through their innovative and persistent efforts – Cypress Hills Local Development Corporation, Fifth Avenue Committee/ Stronger Together, New Settlement Apartments, and St. Nicks Alliance – children and adults have improved their prospects. CCF has supported grantees’ efforts to use data to tell their stories; here are a few of the people behind their impressive numbers: Beating the Odds: How One Student Went From a Poor-Performing School to … Continued

August 7, 2017

Using Data as a Performance Management Tool

MDRC, the nation’s preeminent social policy research organization dedicated to learning what works to improve programs and policies that affect the poor, is evaluating the CCF initiative. This brief is the fourth in a five part series by MDRC. This brief focuses on how the CCF initiative has altered staff perceptions and uses of data, moving from data collection to using data to improve programs and outcomes for participants. Over the past three years, CCF has provided technical assistance to support grantees in their efforts to build their capacity to track and use data for performance manage … Continued

July 31, 2017

July 2017 Newsletter: CCF Grantees Improve Data Use to Boost Performance

CCF GRANTEES IMPROVE DATA USE TO BOOST PERFORMANCE MDRC’s fourth brief, Beyond Reporting: Using Data as a Performance Management Tool, continues to chronicle the progress of the Change Capital Fund (CCF) grantees to help move individuals and communities up the economic ladder.  This brief focuses on how the CCF initiative has altered staff perceptions and uses of data, moving from data collection to using data to improve programs and outcomes for participants. Over the past three years, CCF has provided technical assistance to support grantees in their efforts to build their capacity to track … Continued

July 31, 2017

June 2017 Newsletter: Increased Service, Improved Outcomes Among CCF Grantees in Year 4

Increased Service, Improved Outcomes Among CCF Grantees in Year 4 By Celeste Frye and Doneliza Joaquin, Public Works Partners (www.publicworkspartners.com) In the third year of the Change Capital Fund (CCF), grantees-Cypress Hill Local Development Corporation (CHLDC), St. Nick’s Alliance (St. Nick’s), Fifth Avenue Committee’s Stronger Together (Stronger Together) and New Settlement Apartments (New Settlement)-have continued their collective efforts to reduce poverty in their neighborhoods through workforce, adult education, youth education, and housing development. The following information is … Continued

June 8, 2017

May 2017: St. Nicks Alliance to Expand, Latest Poverty Data from New NYC Opportunity Office

St. Nicks Alliance Successful CCF Pilot Gets Funding to Serve More Children Three years ago, with the help of a long-term investment by the Change Capital Fund collaborative of donors, St. Nicks Alliance undertook an ambitious effort to ameliorate poverty through three pathways: housing, employment and education. St. Nicks Alliance has made considerable progress on all three fronts. They helped approximately 305 households avoid illegal evictions, created 162 units of new affordable housing, and trained and placed 140 people into jobs. But perhaps their greatest impact has been in improving ed … Continued

April 30, 2017

April 2017 Newsletter: Opportunity Youth Expand their Horizons, BankUnited Joins CCF

Opportunity Youth Expand their Horizons Over 47,000 young adults, more than 20 percent of all Bronx 16- to 24-year-olds, are neither in school nor employed. In some neighborhoods, that number soars to 35%. The future prospects of these young people is severely limited by the gaps in their education and work skills. New Settlement Apartments is tackling this problem through their Young Adult Opportunity Initiative (Y.A.O.I), which provides a host of services that address barriers to employment and education. But, NSA doesn’t take a one-size-fits-all approach, instead they provide each one of th … Continued

March 31, 2017

March 2017 Newsletter: It’s a Family Affair

It’s a Family Affair Fifth Avenue Committee (FAC) has been helping adults earn their high school equivalency diploma since 2003, but it wasn’t until they launched Stronger Together and began collaborating with four organizations to deliver services to Red Hook public housing residents that they noticed the positive impacts of family participation. FAC is coordinating programming with Brooklyn Workforce Innovations, Red Hook Initiative and Southwest Brooklyn Industrial Development Corporation to ensure greater educational and employment outcomes for public housing residents of Red Hook and Gowa … Continued

February 28, 2017

February 2017 Newsletter: DYCD Launches DYCD Connect

DYCD Launches DYCD Connect, a Major Step Toward Program Integration   On February 1, Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) Commissioner Bill Chong brought together community stakeholders to learn about DYCD’s vision for greater program integration and the technology upgrades that will support it.  The agency recently created a  new mission statement and has undergone an internal process to integrate programs internally. DYCD Connect, being rolled out over the next year, is the first major upgrade to DYCD’s information technology system in 20 years and is an essential component o … Continued