- About Us
- Our Model
- Our Work
- Our Impact
In 1995, the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), a community development support organization working in metropolitan areas across the country, launched Rural LISC, a national program created to expand LISC's reach beyond urban areas to include rural communities. Today, Rural LISC partners with 81 rural community-based organizations, including four financial intermediaries, helping them identify challenges and opportunities, and delivering the most appropriate support to meet local needs. Together we are working to transform communities in more than 2,000 counties across 44 states.
Recognizing that rural communities' needs are not focused on agriculture alone, Rural LISC provides a wide range of services, including training, technical assistance, information and financial support, to help rural community developers address the problems rural communities face. We use our Comprehensive Community Development Strategy to support our Partners in expanding investment in housing and real estate, increasing family income and wealth, stimulating economic development, improving access to quality education, and growing healthy environments and lifestyles.
Our work helping residents and transforming communities into great places to live, work and raise a family wouldn’t happen without the support of our donors. This National Philanthropy Day, we gratefully acknowledge all of our funders. Check out the extraordinary work we’ve done together.
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.
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.