Winter may be hanging on longer than expected (in some parts of the country), but at LISC, the month of March has blossomed like never before. In the last three weeks, we raised $68 million—from longstanding donors such as State Farm and Wells Fargo, through new partnerships with ProMedica, Union Pacific and the San Francisco Foundation, and with expanded public resources from the CDFI Fund and the city of Washington, DC. We’ll invest it. We’ll leverage it. We’ll use it to lift up underinvested neighborhoods and develop the skills of talented people in our neighborhoods. There’s still much to do to foster economic opportunity in our communities and we are grateful for this support, which helps us do the job. What a month it’s been. And we've still got a week to go!
In this episode, Maurice reflects on LISC’s 20-year partnership with the NFL Foundation and highlights our work in the Twin Cities (home to the 2018 Super Bowl) together with special guest Andriana Abariotes, executive director of our office there.
Leading up to Super Bowl Sunday, Maurice Jones, LISC’s CEO and president, reflects on the parallels between our 20-year partnership with the NFL Foundation and his own experiences playing high school football. The 350 fields we’ve created with the NFL Grassroots Program make clear that the value of playing fields extends well beyond the importance of physical fitness: they provide space for youth development, bring communities together, and nurture transformative relationships.
Together with the Houston Texans and the NFL Foundation's Grassroots Program, LISC and a Houston neighborhood celebrate the grand opening of a refurbished YMCA football field, where thousands of local children will unleash their energy for years to come.
The NFL Foundation/LISC Grassroots Program just announced that 17 cities across the country will receive grants totaling $3.05 million to build and refurbish neighborhood ball fields. This latest commitment brings the program’s total investment to nearly $43 million since its inception in 1998. The fields will offer safe and welcoming athletic space to low- and moderate-income communities in cities ranging from Buffalo to Jacksonville to Tempe, AZ.