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.
For the second year in a row, basketball courts in neighborhoods that struggle to attract capital will get major renovations, thanks to a partnership between ESPN and LISC. The endgame? More opportunities for better health and quality of life in communities that need them.
Rural communities have an especially difficult time attracting investment capital to drive new businesses, community facilities and jobs. In response, Rural LISC kicked off the year with the launch of its Growing Rural Communities Fund—a new tool providing affordable loans to rural projects and programs that are expanding economic opportunity in small towns. Rural LISC’s Suzanne Anarde explains.
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.
In a speech before hundreds of community development partners, philanthropic and corporate leaders and policymakers, LISC’s CEO Maurice Jones called for a focus on living-wage jobs to help improve the lives of low-income families. This is a time to forge more partnerships and ramp up expectations for our work and the communities we serve, he said.