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  • Food Business Pathways: Supporting Women Entrepreneurs in NYC

    By Eileen Auld, New York Tri-State Director, Citi Community Development July 02, 2018 04:00 PM

    Launched in 2015, Food Business Pathways is a free business training program that connects NYCHA public housing residents with the training and resources needed to operate their own food business. With catalytic funding from Citi Community Development and led by the NYC Department of Small Business Services, the program provides NYCHA residents with access to the resources they themselves identified as critical to their success—a 10-week intensive food business course, free food handler's licensing and business incorporation, group and 1-on-1 business coaching and the opportunity to compete for incubator space.

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  • Each of These Cities Wants to Grow Its Local Network of Entrepreneurs

    By Matt Baer, Senior Associate for Public Sector Innovation at Living Cities and Rodrick Miller, President & CEO of Ascendant Global June 19, 2018 04:00 PM

    Americans love entrepreneurs.

    Politicians of both parties routinely call small businesses “the backbone of our economy.” Plenty of well-known books and movies profile owners of both real-life and fictional companies; on popular TV shows like "Shark Tank," aspiring entrepreneurs compete for money from successful investors. Countless podcasts, master classes and inspirational online talks have been devoted to small businesses and the self-starters who run them.

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  • These Impactful Nonprofits Jumpstart Their Journeys as Community Progress Makers

    June 01, 2018 01:30 PM

    What happens when you bring leaders from 40 visionary nonprofits together in one room? Partnerships are formed, new strategies are developed, and progress is kicked into high gear.

    On May 22-23, the Citi Foundation 2018 Community Progress Makers met in Miami to share how they’re increasing economic opportunity in low-income communities across the U.S. Miami Mayor Francis Suarez welcomed the group and spoke about the urgent need to create more inclusive communities that serve everyone.

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  • Stories of Inclusive Progress: Making a Difference in Communities Across the U.S.

    By Bill Mills, CEO Citi North America, and Bob Annibale, Global Director, Citi Community Development and Inclusive Finance April 09, 2018 04:00 PM

    Inclusion is central to Citi’s mission of enabling growth and economic progress, and is at the heart of the investments, products, services and programs we develop as well as our support for innovative community and municipal innovators. We are committed to empowering individuals and families to participate in the opportunities brought by economic growth in their communities, such as saving for college, becoming a homeowner or gaining access to affordable housing, starting a small business, or attaining the financial and social benefits of citizenship. For instance, Citi Community Development and the Citi Foundation support innovative community and municipal partners and programs that focus on youth, entrepreneurship, small business, financial inclusion and resilience, and environmental sustainability.

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  • Citi Continues Partnership with Girl Rising, A Global Campaign Using Storytelling to Educate and Empower Girls

    By Christina Lowery, CEO, Girl Rising April 06, 2018 11:00 AM

    Girl Rising is a non-profit organization dedicated to the empowerment of girls and women around the world. Our movement began in 2013 with the release of the “Girl Rising” film, which tells the stories of nine girls growing up in the developing world, and how they confront barriers to their education. This film, highlighting personal perseverance and potential, remains at the heart of the global campaign to change how girls and girls’ education are valued.

    Though much of our work is still conducted overseas, we also saw a unique opportunity in the United States to support and champion girls’ education. Too many young people graduate without an understanding of social justice, global awareness and civic engagement and we found that teachers were desperate to tackle these issues with their students. As a result, we launched the Girl Rising U.S. Educator program on the heels of the film’s release and our partnership with Citi has allowed us to take this program to the next level.

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  • Empowered Cities: Financial Empowerment for People with Disabilities

    By Bob Annibale, Global Director, Citi Community Development and Inclusive Finance, and Michael Morris, Executive Director, National Disability Institute February 22, 2018 04:00 PM

    Last month, Tracy McKnight participated in the launch of EmpoweredNYC, a new program led by Citi Community Development, National Disability Institute (NDI) and the City of New York. EmpoweredNYC is the first pilot under Empowered Cities, a $2 million national initiative to enable municipalities to expand financial empowerment and economic inclusion for people living with disabilities and their families.

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  • Citi Teams up with Cities across the U.S. At Tax Time

    By Bill Mills, CEO North America and Bob Annibale, Global Director of Citi Community Development and Inclusive Finance January 26, 2018 10:00 AM

    ​Nearly half of all U.S. households lack the savings to cover a $400 emergency expense. But at the same time every year, an all- too-often unrecognized opportunity arises that has the potential to alleviate this persistent financial vulnerability for working families living on lower incomes: Filing taxes.

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  • A new model for affordable homeownership in NYC

    By Maria Torres-Springer, Commissioner, New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development, Christie Peale, CEO & Executive Director, Center for New York City Neighborhoods and Bob Annibale, Global Director, Citi Community Development and Inclusive Finance January 11, 2018 09:15 AM

    For the vast majority of New Yorkers, the American Dream of owning a home is simply beyond reach. But a citywide collaborative of non-profit affordable housing organizations, with support from Citi Community Development, is working to bring affordability back to New York City neighborhoods.

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  • A Transformational Approach to Grantmaking

    By Anne Evens, Chief Executive Officer of Elevate Energy December 19, 2017 11:30 AM

    For the first time since our founding in 2000, Elevate Energy – a Chicago-based community development agency that helps people do more with less energy – participated in a funding opportunity that enabled us to think transformationally about how we achieve our mission. By providing multi-year, unrestricted grant support, the Citi Foundation’s Community Progress Makers Fund helped our organization develop the evidence and business case to dramatically increase clean energy investments in low-income communities. But it’s more than that. The Fund is an innovative approach to grant-making that pushes organizations to transform the world by first transforming themselves.

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  • Progress Towards a More Inclusive Chicago: How Entrepreneurship is Revitalizing the City’s African American Neighborhoods

    By Erica King, VP of Chicago Neighborhood Initiatives Micro Finance Group November 06, 2017 02:30 PM

    From reading the news, you’d be forgiven for thinking the economy is booming for everyone. National unemployment is at record lows and the stock market at record highs. But in neighborhoods like Pullman on the Southside of Chicago, and in many other cities around the country, those heady headlines make for cold comfort. The unemployment rate in the Windy City among African American residents is a staggering 25 percent - more than 5 times the national rate.

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