We create and maximize strategic partnerships. Simply put, that means we team up with the international and philanthropic communities to target shared goals.

Our Team: We come from diverse backgrounds in government, philanthropy, nonprofit, and business. From these experiences, we understand the value of collaboration across sectors to drive innovation.

Our Capabilities:

  • Provide advice and consultation to those seeking to partner
  • Facilitate information exchange and learning opportunities
  • Identify partnership opportunities to enhance HUD’s impact
  • Develop plans for collaboration and joint action
  • Capture and disseminate knowledge


Scaling Solutions: Strategies for Building Effective Philanthropy Partnerships
September 2016
When you think of natural partnerships, government and philanthropy may not be your first thought. In HUD’s new report, Scaling Solutions: A How-To Guide for Unleashing the Potential of Public-Philanthropic Partnerships, we work to turn those perceptions around. This guide describes the unique collaboration between philanthropy and government that emerged during HUD’s Sustainable Communities Initiative. On the local, regional, and national levels, philanthropies and the public sector are leveraging each other’s strengths to deliver results for communities and build projects together from the ground up.

Read more on the HUDdle, HUD’s blog.

Introducing IPI Director Cynthia Campbell
September 2016
The Office for International and Philanthropic Innovation welcomes Cynthia Campbell as its new Director. Cynthia comes to HUD after 30 years in the U.S. Navy, including time working at the White House in the Bush and Obama administrations, followed by work at Fisher House Foundation and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Learn more about Cynthia and her vision for IPI.

Comcast and HUD Collaborate to Provide Access to Broadband Services to HUD-Assisted Households
July 20, 2016
Last week, the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), in partnership with Comcast, announced exciting new developments furthering the goals of ConnectHome. IPI continues to assist with this effort to narrow the digital divide for families with school-age children who live in HUD-assisted housing by engaging with philanthropy and sharing lessons from this innovative public-private collaboration. For information on ConnectHome and HUD’s partnership with Comcast, read the press release here.

$8.7 Million Awarded to Prevent and End Homelessness through a Pay for Success Model
July 6, 2016
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) awarded $8.7 million to address homelessness and reduce recidivism among this justice-involved population through the Pay for Success model.


Habitat III
HUD, in partnership with the Department of State, is leading U.S. government preparations for Habitat III, the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development, in October, 2016 in Quito, Ecuador. Participants will develop a “New Urban Agenda,” an action-oriented outcome document that addresses 21st Century challenges to promote sustainable development.

HUD releases the U.S. 20/20 Habitat III Report
October 2016
In preparation for the Habitat III Conference, HUD released The U.S. 20/20 Habitat III Report. The report outlines the agency’s work since the previous Habitat II conference 20 years ago, and reflects on the critical themes that will define the U.S. Habitat agenda for the next 20 years. The report focuses on three themes: promoting upward mobility for underserved Americans, expanding employment and educational resources and investing in community institutions. It is the result of nearly two years of significant consultations with federal, state and local partners whose diverse views were captured in the final report.

Read the full press release.

PrepCom 3 Meeting Summary
July 20, 2016

Salin Geevarghese, Deputy Assistant Secretary for International and Philanthropic Innovation at HUD, attended PrepCom3 in Surabaya, July 25-27. PrepCom 3 is the final meeting of Member States of the United Nations and members of specialized agencies of the Preparatory Committee for Habitat III prior to October’s conference. PrepCom3 was preceded by PrepComs 1 and 2 in New York and Nairobi, respectively. To learn more about PrepCom3, please visit their web site. There, you can read the latest draft of the New Urban Agenda and more about the proceedings.

IPI Co-Hosts Convening on Habitat III Efforts
July 15, 2016
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Office for International and Philanthropic Innovation (IPI), in partnership with the Lincoln Institute for Land Policy, Citiscope, and the Wilson Center, co-hosted the fifth and final dialogue in a series of conversations designed to leverage Habitat III and relevant global conversations to elevate and inform discussion within the U.S. government policy community and about sustainable urban development and its important global implications.