Featured Donor of the Month

The Caterpillar Foundation

The Caterpillar Foundation

LISC is proud to be building a strong partnership with The Caterpillar Foundation. A $3 million grant from the Foundation in 2012 made possible LISC’s expansion to Peoria, where we opened the first new LISC site in 15 years. Greater Peoria LISC currently works in the East Bluff and South Side, and the Caterpillar Foundation’s partnership has been critical to bringing tangible, visible transformation to both of these economically challenged communities.

This spring, the Caterpillar Foundation expanded its generosity to LISC, with a $1 million investment in LISC Phoenix that is helping expand employment and financial security for low-income families, as well as to transform blighted land into vibrant community space that adds value to the surrounding area.

LISC also benefits from the expertise of the Caterpillar Foundation’s leadership. Michele Sullivan, President of the Caterpillar Foundation, has served as Greater Peoria LISC’s board chair since day one. She champions LISC’s mission and engages deeply with community stakeholders on community development issues.

About the Caterpillar Foundation

Caterpillar Inc. supports the philanthropic efforts of the Caterpillar Foundation. Founded in 1952, the Caterpillar Foundation has contributed more than $600 million to help make sustainable progress possible around the world by providing program support in the areas of environmental sustainability, access to education and basic human needs. To learn more about the global impact of the Caterpillar Foundation, please visit

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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