Our Mission

To equip communities and institutions with resources to lead change so all can thrive together.

Thriving Cities Group works to engage and amplify the voice of city residents who often go unheard in the community investment process, especially scholarly and practitioner researchers and low-income residents, so philanthropic dollars can be used more equitably and effectively to build thriving communities.

It uses a human-centered, multi-disciplinary approach called civic design that applies leading social research across thee core disciplines:



We advance more holistic paradigms and research for understanding urban thriving in the 21st century


We empower city residents to create viable and sustainable investment opportunities in their neighborhoods


We translate neglected resident perspectives into meaningful data to  help guide donors in wise & equitable investment choices