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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

February 7, 2017

CityViews: Results Show Grassroots Groups Can Make a Dent in Causes of Poverty

Change Capital Fund says it’s work with St. Nick’s Alliance, Fifth Avenue Committee, New Settlement Apartments, and Cypress Hills Local Development Corporation is bearing fruit. Read the full piece here: http://citylimits.org/2017/02/03/cityviews-results-show-grassroots-groups-can-make-a-dent-in-causes-of-poverty/.

January 31, 2017

January 2017 Newsletter: New York City’s Nonprofit Resiliency Committee Tackles Sector Challenges

New York City’s Nonprofit Resiliency Committee Tackles Sector Challenges   Change Capital Fund is honored to be among the 70 plus organizations participating in the New York City Nonprofit Resiliency Committee being convened by Deputy Mayors Buery and Palacio. We applaud the administration for directly addressing the challenges of this vitally important sector. CCF is funding our grantees to better integrate their programs and to use data to drive improvements, but we have found  that the typical funding model for place-based services organizations often works against these goals.  Many govern … Continued

December 29, 2016

December 2016 Newsletter: Tribute to Gary Hattem

Tribute to Gary Hattem upon his retirement from Deutsche Bank A Note from CCF Donor Representative Wendy Fleischer: The Change Capital Fund (CCF) donor collaborative and the whole community development sector owes a debt of gratitude to Gary Hattem for his inspired leadership and outsized contributions.  In 1996, while at Deutsche Bank, Gary co-founded CCF along with Steve Flax of M&T Bank and Pat Jenny of The New York Community Trust.  The goal of CCF is to enable community development corporations to revitalize New York City’s abandoned neighborhoods through multi-year, flexible funding. … Continued