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When NYC Hit Rock Bottom, Two Men Found A Simple Solution

Truth Atlas

Back in 1975, New York Senator Jacob Javits and Newsweek magazine editor-in-chief Osborn Elliot had a simple yet stunning idea. Because the city was so strapped for funding, why not go to the source itself—and ask locals to step up and improve their neighborhoods on their own? From that humble idea, The Citizens Committee for New York City (CCNYC) was founded, and it has become one of America’s oldest and most successful micro-funding organizations.

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