Our Mission

President & CEO:
Michael Rubinger
New York, New York

Local Offices:
30 urban offices and
Rural LISC

Staff: Approximately 350

1979, by the Ford Foundation

The Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) is dedicated to helping community residents transform distressed neighborhoods into healthy and sustainable communities of choice and opportunity — good places to work, do business and raise children. LISC mobilizes corporate, government and philanthropic support to provide local community development organizations with:

  • loans, grants and equity investments
  • local, statewide and national policy support
  • technical and management assistance

LISC is a national organization with a community focus. Our program staff are based in every city and many of the rural areas where LISC-supported community development takes shape. In collaboration with local community development groups, LISC staff help identify priorities and challenges, delivering the most appropriate support to meet local needs.

LISC is Building Sustainable Communities by achieving five goals:

  • Expanding Investment in Housing and Other Real Estate
  • Increasing Family Income and Wealth
  • Stimulating Economic Development
  • Improving Access to Quality Education
  • Supporting Healthy Environments and Lifestyles

Essential Documents

2013 Annual Report Building Sustainable communities: Profile of three communities President's commentary: Community Development - Driving Economic Recovery 2013 Numbers Corporate Brochure
2013 Annual Report
previous reports
Building Sustainable Communities: Profile of three communities
(PDF, 1.23 MB)
President's Commentary: Community Development - Driving Economic Recovery
(PDF, 806 KB)
2013 LISC by the Numbers fact sheet
(PDF, 198 KB)
Corporate Brochure
(PDF, 1.5 MB)