The Community Progress Maker Fund is a two-year initiative of the Citi Foundation to support high-impact community organizations driving transformative local solutions to complex problems. Larkin Street is among forty organizations in six US cities to receive a $500,000 grant over the next two years to support their work to combat youth homelessness. The initiative leverages expertise and resources though targeted geographic investments in the Bay Area, Chicago, New York City, Miami, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C.

Larkin Street’s executive director, Sherilyn Adams, and director of research and evaluation, Haley Mousseau, attended a Community Progress Makers convening in Washington, D.C., in September. The gathering was a venue for grantees to connect with affinity groups to share and learn best practices with other field leaders. Beyond the generous financial support of the initiative, the Citi Foundation provides grantees with technical assistance from leading experts and researchers. The aim is help grantees deepen capacity and promote cross-sector solutions to entrenched problems.

“The Citi Foundation and the Community Progress Maker Fund is an exciting voice in corporate philanthropy,” said Adams. “By combining the flexibility of core operating support with access to rich capacity-building opportunities and other field leaders, the Citi Foundation is creating a whole that is much bigger than the sum of its parts.”

Larkin Street is a proud member of the Community Progress Maker inaugural cohort, and we thank the Citi Foundation for its generous support and recognition of change agents helping to build more resilient cities.