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In 2014, Greater Kansas City LISC invested $5,780,085 in Kansas City, MO and Kansas City, KS, including more than $1.7 million in grants and $4 million in loans to 23 local organizations. LISC leveraged community development investments 7:1, bringing $7 of national public and private resources to Kansas City for every local dollar raised.
After 34 years, LISC continues to be a beacon of hope for low-income communities. As a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) and a trusted intermediary of corporate and philanthropic endeavors, we put big numbers on the board that transform lives, homes, businesses and streets.
The YMCA of Greater Kansas City is currently engaged in two capital campaigns for community centers in KCMO and KCK. Investments of this caliber should be evaluated for their potential to be catalysts for enhancements to the surrounding public and private realms that promote healthy, active living. The Urban Land Institute’s "Building Healthy Places Toolkit" is a new resource for those seeking to shape buildings and projects in ways that enhance and promote health. Learn how these types of community center investments have spurred revitalization efforts in other cities and how they can benefit our own community.
On June 18th, Greater Kansas City LISC’s Local Advisory joined LISC supporters and civic leaders for a NeighborhoodsNOW tour focused on areas of momentum in the Historic Northeast and along the Troost and Prospect Corridors of Kansas City, Missouri. Tour guests heard from neighborhood leaders at the Ivanhoe Neighborhood Council, Mary L. Kelly Center, Blue Hills Community Services, the Northeast Chamber of Commerce and many other organizations working to make positive, lasting change in Kansas City. The event ended with a brief reception at the historic Kansas City Museum.
Greater Kansas City LISC is pleased to announce that Steve Weatherford has joined the local team as Senior Program Officer for Community Development and Lending. Steve shares, “I am thrilled to be returning to my Kansas City roots and applying my experience where it can matter most. Nothing gave me more satisfaction throughout my career than providing an affordable, quality home to a family, or cutting the ribbon with new business owners in a formerly distressed commercial area. LISC is an obvious fit for me and I am looking forward to new relationships and opportunities for collaborative investments.”
Community driven initiatives in neighborhoods from Town Fork Creek, Missouri to Argentine, Kansas recently received a financial jumpstart from the Neighborhoods Rising Fund (NRF). A total of 31 local neighborhood associations and organizations in Kansas City, Missouri and Kansas were awarded $76,655 in grants.
Sustainable communities, places that offer the positive environments needed to ensure that all residents have the opportunities and tools to be successful, begin with safe neighborhoods. That is why Greater Kansas City LISC is partnering with residents and community organizations to find new ways to tackle crime in Kansas City. In 2014 alone, LISC invested nearly $300,000 in programs that support health and safety in Kansas City neighborhoods.
LISC researchers recently analyzed outcomes from 40,000 people who visited Financial Opportunity Centers all across the country as a way to improve their economic circumstances.
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