What We Do

City Prosper is a new website that seeks to inform and strengthen Philadelphia’s non-profit community by providing news, research, and commentary on local issues. Here, you’ll find:

  • Aggregated news from online newspapers and websites.
  • Original articles about non-profit issues and events that other sources missed.
  • Commentary from academics and practitioners working in Philadelphia’s non-profit sector.
  • Reports and studies about Philadelphia issues.

We hope our information allows you to make better decisions in your community and inspires you to take action on important issues. Our goal is to become Philadelphia’s news source for non-profits and concerned citizens.

Who We Are

Ryan Bowers
Director/Outreach Manager

In addition to working for Frontline Solutions, Inc.–a full-serve non-profit consulting firm–I am a founding partner of City Prosper. Previously, I worked as a Program Officer with Public/Private Ventures, in Philadelphia, on education policy, prisoner reentry, disconnected youth research, as well as issues affecting disadvantaged Black males.

When my wife and I aren’t playing with our toddler in Fern Hill Park, you might be able to catch me at Circle of Hope church.

I received a B.A. in Geography and Urban Studies from Temple University and taught with Teach for America in North Philadelphia.

Jeff Muckensturm
Content Manager

I graduated from UMass-Lowell with a Master’s in Regional Economic and Social Development and from Rutgers University with a Bachelor’s in Urban Studies and Planning.

My non-profit experience includes working with the homeless at Leavenhouse (Camden, NJ), Food Not Bombs (Trenton, NJ), and the Lowell Transitional Living Center (Lowell, MA). I also worked with Camden Greenways (Camden, NJ), Lawrence CommunityWorks (Lawrence, MA), and the Greater Camden Unity Coalition (Camden, NJ).

My media experience includes hosting/producing a radio program called “Thinking Out Loud” at WUML-Lowell (Lowell, MA), editing the student newspaper, the Gleaner, at Rutgers, writing for www.CityInvincible.org and www.AssignmentZero.com, and attending the Z Media Institute.

Mostly, I’m interested in writing/reading about housing, homelessness, economic development, technology, urban planning, health care, and public policy.