Check out this 74 Million interview with me and two other City Fund partners to get some updates on our work.
Kameelah Shaheed-Diallo and Kevin Shafer, who both joined our team over the summer, provide some great context on their past work in Indianapolis (Kameelah) and Camden (Kevin).
I really value how much earned wisdom our partners have. Kameelah and Kevin were incredible local leaders in their own communities, and it’s great that they can now support other leaders trying to make change.
In the interview, we also give updates on how much money we have raised and which cities we’ve made initial grants to.
We will continue to be fully transparent about where our money comes from and where it goes. We are a charitable institution with significant resources and we want our work to be understood and scrutinized.
We also want to be transparent because we’re big believers in this effort. We think that a few cities have made significant and sustained gains for children. And we’re excited to work on a philanthropic effort that helps see if these strategies can work in select group of other cities across the country.
If it works, a dozen or so cities will have shown that there might be a better way to do public education in cities. That will be amazing for children.
If it doesn’t work, we’ll understand that what worked in a few cities is simply not scalable.
The only way to find out is to do the work.