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Milwaukee LISC

Summary: Milwaukee LISC (PDF)

LISC is an integral part of the rebirth of some long-distressed Milwaukee neighborhoods, working with community partners to create neighborhoods of opportunity and choice. Building Sustainable Communities is their core approach.

They consider the built environment but also look beyond it to the kinds of programs that help children learn, help families build assets, help local businesses thrive, and help residents lead safer, healthier lives. In Lindsay Heights and Clarke Square, for instance—two of the first neighborhoods identified in a $50 million Zilber Family Foundation commitment to 10 Milwaukee communities—LISC is drawing on the powerful assets, skills and energy of residents to bring about comprehensive revitalization. Neighbors, business leaders, and other stakeholders collaborate to identify their communities pressing needs and create blueprints for increased prosperity. They pursue catalytic projects to improve local infrastructure and foster cohesiveness. Hallmark initiatives for LISC Milwaukee include building family income and wealth, healthcare partnerships, green development, and community safety programs. Building Sustainable Communities is a strategy that works and the impact is already being felt in neighborhoods across the city.

Cumulative Statistics

  • $69,398,342
    in total investments
    (LISC and affiliates)
  • 1,943 affordable homes and apartments
  • 1,694,841 square feet of retail and community space
  • $295,876,278 leveraged

2009 Statistics

  • $1,191,646
    in total investments
    (LISC and affiliates)
  • 58 affordable homes and apartments
  • 70,000 square feet of retail and community space
  • $4,953,000 leveraged


Private Sector Support

  • American International Group, Inc.
  • Associated Bank
  • Helen Bader Foundation, Inc.
  • Bank Mutual Corporation
  • Alton & Blythe Bathrick
  • Kathryn Berger
  • Brinshore Development LLC
  • Thomas & Valerie Bruett
  • Clifton Gunderson LLP
  • Kathryn Dunn
  • John & Mary Emory
  • Mark Eppli & Eliza Webb
  • Faith Technologies, Inc.
  • Fiserv, Inc.
  • Foley & Lardner LLP
  • Nancy & Jim Forbes
  • Foundation to Promote Open Society
  • Froedtert Memorial Hospital
  • Gorman & Company, Inc.
  • Greater Milwaukee Foundation
  • Greater Milwaukee Foundation's Fitch Research Fund
  • Guaranty Bank
  • Harley-Davidson Foundation
  • Harris N.A
  • Michael & Lisa Hatch
  • The Home Depot Foundation
  • Investors Bank
  • Jonathan & Joan Jacobs
  • Charles D. Jacobus Family Foundation
  • Johnson Bank
  • JPMorgan Chase
  • Mary Kamps
  • Fred & Susan Kasten
  • Ted & Mary Kellner
  • Ken & Pamela Lam
  • Mark Lemke & Cheryl Hokenson
  • Robert & Kathleen Lemke
  • Lisbon Avenue Health Center
  • M&I Foundation
  • Marquette University Center for Real Estate
  • Metavante Corporation
  • MillerCoors
  • George & Julie Mosher Family Foundation
  • Frederick & Mary Ellen Muth
  • North Shore Bank
  • Northern Trust
  • Northwestern Mutual Foundation
  • Jane Bradley Pettit Foundation
  • PNC Foundation
  • The PrivateBank NA
  • Max & Cindy Rasansky
  • Leo J. Ries & Marie Kingsbury
  • Robert W. Baird & Company Foundation, Inc.
  • Sally Sadowsky
  • Erich Schwenker
  • Daniel M. Soref Charitable Trust
  • State Farm
  • Thrivent Builds with Habitat for Humanity
  • Town Bank of Elm Grove
  • Charles Trainer & Anne Booth
  • Tri City National Bank
  • U.S. Bank
  • Thomas & Helen Voell
  • Sarah & Michael Weiss
  • Wells Fargo
  • Wisconsin Preservation Fund, Inc.
  • Yabuki Family Foundation
  • Joseph and Vera Zilber Family Foundation, Inc.
  • Barry Zuckerman

Public Sector Support

  • City of Milwaukee
  • Corporation for National and Community Service
  • Milwaukee County
  • Wisconsin Department of Commerce
  • Wisconsin Housing & Economic Development Authority
  • U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development