GCF Wins 2018 Community Progress Makers Award!

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$500,000 Investment in core operating support will enable Green City Force to pilot innovative programs in New York City and grow our national influence, setting the stage for expansion to other cities.

April 27, 2018, New York, NY
The Citi Foundation announced that Green City Force (GCF) was selected as the recipient of a $500,000 grant as part of the 2018 Community Progress Makers Fund. The Fund is a $20 million, two-year initiative by the Citi Foundation to support high-impact community organizations that are driving economic opportunities in our communities by bringing together residents, nonprofits, businesses, and municipal agencies. GCF joins a group of 40 change agents who are playing a key role in coordinating the efforts of multiple partners toward common goals and working in new ways to address urban challenges in Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, New York City, San Francisco Bay Area, and Washington D.C.

We are honored and humbled to be included in our second round of Community Progress Makers. Citi Foundation’s unrestricted funding has been essential in enabling GCF to pilot and implement unique new models over the past two years like the growth in our social enterprise programs, a reimagined Love Where You Live initiative, and an expanded Farms at NYCHA. Their support will continue to be key as we move to grow our corps and impact in New York City and bolster our national influence. Meet all the 2018 Community Progress Makers here.

For a glimpse into the essential work that the Citi Foundation will continue to support watch GCF alum and Brooklyn Botanic Garden Organic Recovery Coordinator Domingo Morales, profiled by the Citi Foundation in “Green City Force: Helping Youth Help The Planet.”

“We launched this program in 2015 as our version of ‘venture philanthropy’ – a chance to invest in the vision and mission of these organizations who are helping positively transform their communities,” said Brandee McHale, President of the Citi Foundation. “We’re pleased with the results from our inaugural Community Progress Makers and are looking forward to implementing the lessons we’ve learned with this next, impressive group of community leaders as they scale, innovate and drive impact.”

“Green City Force is honored to receive renewed investment from Citi Foundation. Community Progress Makers is an extraordinary program and community and we consider it a great distinction to be selected. Citi support and the resources available through the network will launch Green City Force’s next phase of growth, through which we seek a step change in impact towards our vision of green and equitable cities driven by young adults transforming communities and their own lives on a path to careers.” – Lisbeth Shepherd, Founder and Executive Director, Green City Force

In 2016-2017, the inaugural cohort of Community Progress Makers helped more than 14,700 low-income people secure financial assets; built over 10,500 affordable housing units; strengthened more than 1,100 small businesses; and connected 1,800 young people to jobs in their communities.

Below is a full list of 2018 Community Progress Makers:


Chicago Commons
Elevate Energy
Greater Southwest Development Corporation
North Lawndale Employment Network

Los Angeles

East LA Community Corporation
Homeboy Industries
Koreatown Youth & Community Center
LISC Los Angeles
Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation
Los Angeles LGBT Center
United Way of Greater Los Angeles


Catalyst Miami
Hispanic Unity of Florida (HUF)
The Miami Foundation
United Way of Miami-Dade
Urban League of Broward County

New York City

Brooklyn Workforce Innovations
Center for NYC Neighborhoods
Cypress Hills Local Development Corporation
Green City Force
Hot Bread Kitchen
Low Income Investment Fund (LIIF)
Neighborhood Trust Financial Partners
Start Small Think Big
The HOPE Program
The POINT Community Development Corporation

San Francisco Bay Area

Enterprise Community Partners Northern CA
Jewish Vocational Service
Main Street Launch
Pacific Community Ventures
San Francisco Housing Development Corporation (SFHDC)
Social Finance

Washington, D.C.

Building Bridges Across the River
Byte Back
Latino Economic Development Center-LEDC
Mary’s Center


About the Citi Foundation

The Citi Foundation works to promote economic progress and improve the lives of people in low-income communities around the world. We invest in efforts that increase financial inclusion, catalyze job opportunities for youth, and reimagine approaches to building economically vibrant cities. The Citi Foundation’s “More than Philanthropy” approach leverages the enormous expertise of Citi and its people to fulfill our mission and drive thought leadership and innovation. For more information, visit www.citifoundation.com.

For more information contact:

Bahij Chancey
Development and Communications Manager

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