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Capital One

LISC is grateful for our partnership with Capital One and the Capital One Foundation that spans over two decades. Over the years, we have worked together to increase access to opportunity in the communities we serve by supporting comprehensive community development efforts.

Capital One takes a multifaceted approach to its grantmaking and provides resources for several LISC programs and geographies. Our most recent grant from Capital One supports LISC’s Hurricane Harvey relief efforts in Houston; affordable housing development and preservation in Houston, New York City, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C.; and financial stability through LISC’s Financial Opportunity Centers in Boston, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, and Newark.

Together, we are also taking on a new effort at LISC – helping to preserve and recapitalize naturally occurring affordable housing (NOAH), rental homes that are affordable without public subsidy. LISC rolled out a NOAH Preservation Strategy successfully in Pittsburgh, and a number of LISC sites with rapidly changing neighborhoods have expressed interest in pursuing it. A current grant from the Capital One Foundation is enabling LISC to undertake a multi-year process to replicate this strategy in other markets.

“We take pride in our partnership with LISC to increase access to affordable housing, improve financial capability, and provide much needed resources to disaster recovery,” said Mariadele Priest, Vice President, Capital One. “Through these efforts, we seek to build stronger, healthier communities where residents can thrive.”

LISC would also like to express our gratitude to the five Capital One representatives who serve on our Local Advisory Committees, providing leadership and guidance to our work on the ground.

Capital One helps build strong and healthy communities to benefit us all by applying the same principles of innovation, collaboration and empowerment to its work in the community that the bank does in business.

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W. K. Kellogg Foundation

LISC has been a proud partner of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF) since 1995, and we're thrilled to continue our collaboration to address low-wage stagnation. Over the next three years, with a $1.5 million grant from the foundation, LISC will pilot a critical innovation that prepares under-skilled individuals for jobs with a family-sustaining wage of $16/hour.

The pilot will build upon the foundation of LISC’s successful Financial Opportunity Centers (FOC) and Bridges to Career Opportunities (Bridges) program models in three of our most successful markets - Chicago, Detroit, and Houston. Since 2006, FOCs have moved families with lower incomes to the economic mainstream with a focus on employment and financial stability. LISC enhanced the FOCs in 2015, launching Bridges to provide contextualized learning to those with academic gaps, a barrier to credentialed job training programs and higher incomes. 

WKKF will help LISC address two key challenges that limit long-term employment and wage advancement for our target population: job retention and connection to family-sustaining jobs in high-demand industries. Through the pilot, we will create a new coaching position within the FOCs to support participants for 12 to 36 months after they’re hired to address career path development issues such as: on- and off-the-job challenges that could disrupt employment, how to pursue wage increases and promotions, and how to identify and obtain the necessary occupational credentials. LISC will also build on our existing network of employer relationships (currently 850 in 11 metropolitan areas) to help ensure that the people we serve through FOCs and Bridges have family-sustaining job opportunities in their own communities.

Paula Sammons, Program Officer at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, stated "WKKF wants all children to grow up in homes with families that have stable, high-quality jobs. Investing in this pilot will help us advance this goal and create communities in which everyone can thrive."

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation envisions a nation that marshals its resources to assure that all children have an equitable and promising future – a nation which all children thrive.

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JPMorgan Chase

JPMorgan Chase is one of LISC’s earliest and longest standing partners, providing over $3 billion in grants, loans, and equity since 1980 to advance our shared vision – one in which all communities have the opportunity to thrive.

We are thrilled to continue our partnership with a recent one-year, $1.2 million investment from JPMorgan Chase to catalyze opportunity in 12 cities – a key component of which will include the advancement of our national Financial Opportunity Center (FOC) model, LISC’s primary means of increasing economic opportunity for individuals with low incomes.

LISC’s FOC model helps individuals and families achieve financial stability by delivering integrated services across three areas:  1) employment placement, job retention, and skill improvement; 2) financial coaching and education; and 3) access to income supports. Building on the FOC platform, LISC recently developed Bridges to Career Opportunities (Bridges) to help clients ramp up foundational literacy and math skills, get technical training, and pursue industry certifications that make them attractive candidates for jobs in in-demand local industries. Bridges is an important addition to the FOC model, as it responds to the chronic problem of low-wage stagnation among hard-to-employ, unskilled workers.

Thanks to JPMorgan Chase’s support, we will serve 11,000 individuals through 42 FOCs (19 of which have integrated Bridges into their service platform) across our shared markets. 

“At JPMorgan Chase, we believe more people should have access to opportunity and the chance to move up the economic ladder,” said Naomi Camper, head of the Office of Nonprofit Engagement at JPMorgan Chase. “Our collaboration with LISC helps advance our mission by connecting people to FOCs so they can access wraparound services that promote financial health.”

LISC is grateful for JPMorgan Chase’s dedication to helping people find a pathway to economic inclusion.

JPMorgan Chase works to increase economic opportunity by using its global scale, talent and resources to invest in and promote jobs and skills, small business expansion, financial health, and neighborhood revitalization.

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The William Penn Foundation

LISC is grateful for the support of The William Penn Foundation and its most recent grant of $750,000 to pilot a new model for neighborhood stewardship in support of capital investment in the Mantua Greenway of Philadelphia. The Mantua Greenway is a collaborative project that engages residents and other stakeholders in transforming a desolate, blighted, and under-utilized public space along Mantua’s northern border into a green corridor and recreational trail that will connect the neighborhood to community assets, including the Art Museum and Fairmount Park.

Isolation and a lack of connectivity present significant challenges to the neighborhood. Mantua's northern border is bound by Amtrak tracks and a chain link fence with only three access points. As a result, outsiders rarely pass through the neighborhood; Mantua residents struggle to connect with opportunities nearby; investment in the area is limited; and community cohesion is eroded. This pilot represents an opportunity to address these challenges impacting the Mantua neighborhood.

With support from The William Penn Foundation, LISC and our partners are moving this project forward by facilitating community engagement and capacity building around the design and stewardship of the Mantua Greenway and formation of a fundraising entity to sustain long-term resources for the project.

The final design will include a gateway opening to the trail, a green storm water management system, way-finding signage, and a new, more aesthetically pleasing fence along the rail tracks.

“We are excited about this project because it will not only transform under-used land into new recreational public space, but also because it is an example of how we can effectively engage communities in this work,” said Cara Ferrentino, Program Officer for the William Penn Foundation.

The William Penn Foundation has supported LISC for a variety of projects over the years to expand opportunities across Philadelphia.

The William Penn Foundation aims to help improve education for low-income children, ensure a sustainable environment, foster creative communities that enhance civic life and advance philanthropy in the Greater Philadelphia region.

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Robins Foundation

LISC is proud to recognize the Robins Foundation for its generous support to LISC Virginia, helping to improve educational outcomes for young children in the East End of Richmond. Thanks to a recent grant from the Robins Foundation, LISC Virginia and our partner, ChildSavers, are increasing child care providers’ access to training, certification, and capital to improve their quality of care. This multifaceted approach links workforce development, quality assurance training, small business development, and health access to create higher capacity child care providers who can better prepare children for school.

The approach is twofold: LISC provides small business grants and technical assistance to selected child care providers to build their capacity to better serve young children; and ChildSavers delivers trainings to the same child care providers to improve the programmatic elements of their facilities. Trainings include mental health consultation for early learning professionals, child development associate certification, kindergarten readiness, and progress of early childhood developmental milestones.

Through this effort, we seek to increase school readiness by 25% among children served through this program.

“Improving quality early child care helps create an environment of opportunity for everyone in Richmond to thrive,” said Kelly Chopus, CEO of the Robins Foundation. “Partnering with organizations like LISC and ChildSavers is key to achieving this goal and the mission of the Robins Foundation.”

LISC Virginia and the Robins Foundation have been partners since 1999. We are grateful for the foundation’s continued dedication to increasing quality of life for all residents of Richmond.

LISC received this grant through the Robins Foundation’s Community Innovation Grant program, which the foundation created to inspire innovative solutions to community issues. The grant program encourages nonprofits in the Richmond area to think big and to work collaboratively to address some of city’s greatest challenges.

The Robins Foundation aims to lead transformational change in the greater Richmond community by listening, learning, and engaging through innovative philanthropy that inspires solutions to society’s greatest challenges.

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The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation

LISC Chicago and The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation have been partners for over 20 years. Through the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Award for Architectural Excellence in Community Design, presented at LISC’s annual Chicago Neighborhood Development Awards (CNDA), the collaboration has encouraged and rewarded design excellence and celebrated community.

Each year, the Driehaus Foundation award recognizes the architects of three real estate developments that are making a significant contribution to the social, visual, and cultural life of their neighborhoods through design that prioritizes human physical and psychological well-being. For consideration, a project must demonstrate superior design; enhance or serve as an integral part of the comprehensive development of the community; and exhibit a creative design solution that could become a model for projects in other neighborhoods.

As explained by Richard H. Driehaus, founder and CEO of Driehaus Capital Management LLC, “When we began in 1997, I hoped to encourage development that respects and strengthens the city’s unmatched architectural heritage and responds to human needs. Through the award, we have demonstrated that good design is not more expensive in the long run, and it enhances communities and improves lives. But even I have been surprised as the architects and designers of these projects have raised the bar in ways I could not have foreseen.”

To date, the award, which is decided by a jury that conducts site visits of the final candidates (approximately 10 a year), has been given to 60 projects across 29 Chicago neighborhoods. First place includes a cash award of $15,000; second place is $3,000; and third place is $2,000.

Blair Kamin, architecture critic at the Chicago Tribune, noted that “The Driehaus Award recognizes that architecture is not simply a downtown enterprise. It extends to the neighborhoods of the city and the people of the city. And, it comes from a guy who grew up in the neighborhoods, and he didn’t forget where he came from.”

The application deadline for The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Award for Architectural Excellence in Community Design is September 7, 2017. The annual CNDA award program will be held on March 1, 2018 at McCormick Place.

Watch the 20th Anniversary video about The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Award for Architectural Excellence:

Through strategic partnerships, the Foundation seeks to improve Chicago’s built environment, support cultural stewardship in the arts, strengthen democracy through journalism, and advance economic opportunity for the working poor.

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