LISC National
Who We Are

Vision

Creating neighborhoods of opportunity and choice, where every community has the chance to thrive. 

Mission

Philadelphia Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) is a catalyst for community change, working with partners to strengthen neighborhoods and improve the lives of residents.

We combine corporate, government, and philanthropic resources to equip underserved communities with the capital, strategy and know-how to become places where people can thrive. Our toolkit is extensive. It includes loans, grants, equity investments, capacity building, and is informed by on-the-ground experience and a comprehensive approach.

Our Guiding Principles:

  • Collaboration:  LISC supports communities and partners that are open and enthusiastic about working together to create positive change, solve problems and spark innovation. We work to find common ground, identify shared priorities, and play on our strengths to revitalize neighborhoods and improve lives.  
  • Engagement:  LISC values resident participation in the planning, decision-making, and implementation of neighborhood revitalization efforts. By building the capacity of residents as informed leaders, willing partners and capable volunteers, we can help build connections and a shared belief that residents can affect positive lasting change. 
  • Impact:  LISC holds itself accountable to achieve real, measurable results related to both people and place. Through neighborhood revitalization, LISC helps to transform thousands of people’s lives as they have places to call home, livable wage jobs, quality options for food and health care, safe places to play, etc.

Result

Philadelphia’s underserved neighborhoods become better places to live, work, do business and raise children.  Since 1980, Philadelphia LISC has invested more than $400 million to build or preserve more than 8,000 affordable homes and to develop more than 2 million square feet of retail, community, and educational space.
 

Our Priorities

Because our approach is comprehensive, Philadelphia LISC has developed particular leadership and expertise in a number of programmatic priorities. Learn about our priority programs and areas of expertise.

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What We Offer

LISC has invested $404 million in Philadelphia neighborhoods. We provide loans, grants, and technical assistance to local organizations for projects and programs that help their communities. Learn more about how we can help.

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Where We Work

LISC works with community partners across Philadelphia to achieve neighborhood change. Learn more about where we work.

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