LISC National

About Us


LISC, which stands for Local Initiatives Support Corporation, is a national non-profit with a focus on community development.  We help make neighborhoods stronger!

We do this by mobilizing corporate and philanthropic support on behalf of neighborhoods to help them achieve their goals.  Michigan LISC is a local branch of the national non-profit that advances redevelopment primarily in the communities of Kalamazoo and Flint.  We offer the positive environments needed to ensure that all residents of any income level are provided the opportunities and tools to build assets, to participate in the benefits of their communities, and to become part of the mainstream economy.

Michigan LISC transforms distressed urban neighborhoods into healthy communities of choice and opportunity—great places to work, do business and raise children. We mobilize corporate and philanthropic support on behalf of local neighborhoods, providing them with loans, grants and equity investments, policy support, and the technical and management assistance and networks they need to realize their goals.

How We Do It

We bring key local stakeholders together to find common ground and create a vision for their communities. We then help marshall the resources necessary to make that vision a reality. 

Michigan LISC invests in these elements: