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January 12, 2018

January 2018 Newsletter

CCF Grantees Improve College Success Rates Getting a college degree is a ticket out of poverty. An adult with a college diploma earns more than double than one with a high school degree. Twenty of the 25 fastest growing city-based jobs with salaries over $50,000 require a college diploma. But college completion remains elusive for too many young people across the city, particularly those from low-income homes and neighborhoods. Only 18.9 percent of Bronx residents, for example, have a bachelor’s degree. And, while 32.8 percent of Brooklyn residents have a bachelor’s degree, only 14.5 percent o … Continued

January 12, 2018

Investing Together: Promising Strategies from a Donor Collaborative

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 fifth in a five part series by MDRC. It highlights the benefits of donor collaboration and explores two key issues these entities must address in order to work effectively to meet shared goals. Read the full brief here.

December 5, 2017

November 2017 Newsletter

Creating Public Benefit Rationales Change Capital Fund’s grantees have been increasing their capacity to implement cross-program tracking systems, use program data to analyze progress and confront pitfalls, and understand the true and full cost of achieving an outcome. Now, with the help of Lili Elkins, Chief Strategy Officer at Roca and Associate Professor at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, they are creating public benefit rationales to compare their results and costs against the outcomes and costs for similar populations. The grantees’ public benefit statements demonst … Continued

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