LISC National

About Us


Buffalo LISC is one of 31 offices of the Local Initiatives Support Corporation, a national non-profit organization supporting community development in cities and rural areas throughout the country.

LISC is the link between capital and impact in Buffalo. We partner with organizations rooted in struggling neighborhoods to build their financial and organizational capacity, invest in their projects, and connect them with a national network of experts and resources that can help make their communities stronger. We work closely with business leaders, policymakers, and philanthropists to assemble the capital that Buffalo needs to seed growth in our neighborhoods. We connect partners that give with partners that can drive change.

$131 million
invested in Buffalo's neighborhoods

Since opening our doors in 1998, our local office has invested $131 million in those neighborhoods, further leveraging an additional $232 million in investment. Our work has resulted in the creation of 2,238 units of affordable housing, 345,000 square feet of commercial space, and the renovation of 9 recreational fields for youth

Our Mission

The Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) is dedicated to helping community residents transform distressed neighborhoods into healthy and sustainable communities of choice and opportunity — good places to work, do business and raise children. 

Our Vision

With $131 million invested in Buffalo since 1998, LISC understands what it takes to change the outlook for low-income communities. Our work has always been driven by the understanding that every neighborhood and its residents should have the opportunity to prosper.