Education Programs

Charter School Financing


Increasing access to quality education is one of the five key components of LISC's Building Sustainable Communities, a comprehensive strategy guided by the premise that people, not just places, must prosper. Access to high quality public education sets the foundation for a healthy neighborhood. Yet, building and rehabilitating existing buildings is one of the largest hurdles for new and existing public charter schools.

Across the United States, the names of 1 million children are on charter school waiting lists—children whose families are hoping to access quality education in low-income neighborhoods where there are few options. LISC has worked to provide more than $265 million in loans, tax credit allocations, guarantees and grants to finance charter school facilities in low-income neighborhoods.

The Local Initiatives Support Corporation has invested in education via Charter School Financing and its local program offices since 1997.

Our Vision & Mission

The vision of LISC CSF is to ensure access to quality education for low-income communities in order to prepare students for college, career and life—enabling them to break the multi-generational cycle of poverty. To accomplish this vision, LISC has a three-pronged approach:

  • LISC supports high-quality charter schools in their facility needs by providing funding, grants, and loans

  • LISC seeks to bring about public policy changes. CSF identifies replicable financing mechanisms and shares best practices with partners and policymakers. See our Landscape publications and Bond Research.

  • LISC develops ancillary support programs (i.e., health clinics and social services) to remove students’ obstacles to learning.

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Vice President, Education Programs: Reena Abraham

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