Our Stories

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.

8.29.2017 -

Creative Placemaking in Words and Pictures

This August, we highlighted LISC's creative placemaking work in locales across the country, funded in large part by a grant from The Kresge Foundation. Here's a roundup of all the stories you might have missed. 

Our CEO on the Business of Giving

In an interview for “Business of Giving”, a New York radio show on trends in philanthropy, Maurice Jones talks strategy, compassion and how our new partnership with Facebook is a cutting-edge conduit for bringing private sector dollars to communities in need.

8.08.2017 -

What a Farmers Market Can Do

In honor of National Farmers Market Week (August 6 to 12), we’re recognizing the extraordinary markets that LISC has helped launch, grow and support, and how much good they bring to their communities.

7.27.2017 -

LISC Names Experienced Leader to Head Peoria Office

Karen Davis, who has worked bringing affordable housing, businesses and jobs to Central Illinois for more than two decades, has been named the next director of LISC's Peoria office. “She understands the fundamental challenges that families face—from building the skills they need to take advantage of good jobs to gaining access to better schools, healthy housing and vibrant retail areas,” says Maurice Jones, CEO of LISC. “We’re excited to have her join the LISC family.”