Our Stories

Forging a Crucial Connection between Black History and the Present

In honor of Black History Month, Milwaukee native and LISC program officer Sakuri Fears reflects on how a vanguard project will provide much-needed housing and energy in an historic Black neighborhood. It will also revive the Black Holocaust Museum, a vital cultural touchstone and meeting ground for African-American and all Milwaukeeans.

2.22.2017 -

LISC Announces Pay for Success Partners

LISC is helping three local nonprofit organizations in Michigan, Maine and Washington, D.C. develop Pay for Success programs as part of $1.3 million in funding from the Social Innovation Fund (SIF). The programs will focus on families, youth and health, and tie public funding commitments to specific outcomes. SIF is part of the Corporation for National and Community Services, the federal agency that also oversees AmeriCorps.

Ramping Up Research

In a new occasional series, Chris Walker, LISC's director of research, will highlight studies that reflect and inform our work and that of the broader community development field. This month, he analyzes our new research on the value of credit-building loans, a financing tool that is helping low-income people build positive credit and make critical strides toward financial stability.

2.17.2017 -

Small Businesses Grow Big Opportunity in the Bay Area

In an op-ed for the San Francisco Chronicle, LISC CEO Maurice Jones and program vice president Joseph Horiye describe how entrepreneurship is lifting a long-disinvested neighborhood. With LISC’s help, small businesses in the Bayview area of San Francisco are creating jobs, energy and opportunity for residents old and new—and offer a model for how to shrink the income gap. Photo courtesy of Yvonne’s Southern Sweets and Chloe Jackman Photography.

2.15.2017 -

A ‘Honeymoon’ for New Businesses in Jacksonville

With smart planning and marketing, and an influx of new companies repurposing old industrial buildings, a wholesale district in Jacksonville is poised to become a hub for the city and the region. Thanks in part to technical assistance and investment from LISC, the poetically named “Honeymoon Yard” holds 346 businesses, creating 6,289 jobs and generating $2.6 billion in annual revenue.