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NEWS: Half a Million Dollars for Tech Within Reach

Author: Byte Back
Published: April 26, 2018

Byte Back Selected by Citi Foundation’s Community Progress Makers Fund 

$500,000 investment in core operating support will enable Byte Back to help low-tech communities gain digital skills and enter into living-wage careers in technology.

WASHINGTON, DC – The Citi Foundation announced that Byte Back 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. Byte Back 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, DC.

Through the fund, Byte Back will expand and help 120 unemployed and underemployed adults in Washington, DC and Maryland gain tech skills and move into living-wage jobs. Thousands are unemployed in the region, and there are thousands of tech jobs that need to be filled. Byte Back’s connects need with opportunity.

“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.”

“Tech skills are not a bonus in today’s digitized workforce. They are a requirement. Thanks to this grant from the Citi Foundation, Byte Back will continue connecting low-tech communities with skills, career preparation, and the opportunity for financial success,” said Elizabeth Lindsey, executive director of Byte Back.

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, DC

Building Bridges Across the River

Byte Back


Latino Economic Development Center-LEDC

Mary’s Center


About Byte Back

For 20 years, Byte Back has been a digital inclusion leader, improving economic opportunity by providing tech training and career preparation to underserved Washington, DC metro area residents. Byte Back’s innovative training pathway has helped hundreds of graduates gain tech skills and launch fulfilling living-wage careers that use technology.

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

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