Featured Donor of the Month

William Penn Foundation

William Penn Foundation

LISC is proud to recognize the continued generosity of the William Penn Foundation, which has invested significantly in our work in the Philadelphia area since 1993. The Foundation’s recent $550,000 grant will support community-based planning to help ensure that development in the West Philadelphia Promise Zone promotes social and economic inclusion, including delivering high quality public space and enhanced education opportunities for local residents.

LISC deeply appreciates The William Penn Foundation’s commitment to Philadelphia’s communities. Founded in 1945 by Otto and Phoebe Haas, The Foundation is dedicated to improving the quality of life in the Greater Philadelphia region through efforts that increase education opportunities for children from low-income families, ensure a sustainable environment, foster creativity that enhances civic life, and advance philanthropy in the Philadelphia region. With assets of over $2.4 billion, the Foundation distributes approximately $105 million in grants annually. Learn more about the Foundation at

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About LISC Fundraising

Community development is a dramatic example of what can happen when the goals and resources of the public, private and nonprofit sectors align. Since 1980, LISC has been able to combine the vision and the capacity of community-based organizations with the resources and expertise of the private sector, and the indispensable underpinning of supportive public policies to transform and rebuild low-income neighborhoods into healthy, sustainable communities of choice across our nation. Over the past 35 years, LISC has invested $14.7 billion for community development activities that build affordable homes, retail and community facilities and create new jobs. More than 3,100 donors, investors and lenders have contributed to LISC.

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Senior Vice President for Corporate and Foundation Relations:
Beth Marcus