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National Building Museum Features Innovative Chicago Development

LISC’s Meghan Harte takes a look at a new exhibit at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., that considers the future of housing design, with a particular eye to affordability and meeting the changing needs of families. It features a LISC-supported project in Chicago, the award-winning La Casa, which offers affordable apartments to university students in the city’s Pilsen community.

A Role Model for Philanthropy

In honor of National Philanthropy Day, Beth Marcus, senior vice president for development, reflects on the many contributions of a special member of the LISC community and how her leadership is a model of great philanthropy. Through her years of work as an employee and board member, her stewardship of the Cashin Fellowship and her role as generous LISC donor, Lisa Cashin continues to be an inspiration to community development leaders, past, present and future.

LISC Board Chair Rubin Urges Jobs Programs in NY Times

In a New York Times op-ed, Robert Rubin makes the case for a federal jobs initiative, citing the success of LISC’s work readiness programs in connecting people to the workforce and the reins of economic opportunity. A national approach should be seen not “as a social program but as a public investment with a high rate of return,” wrote Rubin--and as an imperative for the health of our economy and society. We couldn’t agree more.

A Creative Approach to ‘Place’

In the final post of his blog series, Chris Walker, LISC’s director of research, explains how creative placemaking leverages the power of local artists, culture and history to create economic opportunity and improve their overall quality of life in urban and rural communities alike.

How To Build A Charter School

After years of guiding charter school facilities development, LISC has bottled its knowledge in a new platform: SchoolBuild: From Idea to Construction. SchoolBuild is an essential online resource to support charter school leaders as they dig into the process of creating a bricks-and-mortar facility, with advice on everything from cost projections to financing options and the many other steps required to bring a new school to life.