LISC National

Who We Are

Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) Indianapolis is the local office of a national organization that helps resident-led, community-based development organizations transform distressed communities and neighborhoods into healthy ones.

By mobilizing corporate, government, and philanthropic support, LISC provides financing, technical advice, management and program consulting, training, and policy support to neighborhoods. We help neighborhood-based organizations organize, identify results they aim to achieve, create plans, and then help implement them—a process we call quality-of-life planning.

We work to restore housing, stimulate economic development, champion education, create avenues out of poverty, and support healthy environments and lifestyles. Our efforts are based on the proven principle that sustainable revitalization works best when it is driven by community residents and stakeholders, not imposed from the outside.

    Our Mission

    Together with residents and partners, LISC forges resilient and inclusive communities of opportunity across America – great places to live, work, visit, do business and raise families.

    Values That Guide Us

    1. Partnership, trust and collective impact provide the infrastructure to positively affect the advancement of all people and places
    2. Community leaders, organizations and local assets are the most important catalysts of opportunity
    3. Entrepreneurs reside in every community in our country
    4. Racial and economic equity are integral to ensuring sustainable economic growth
    5. Teamwork and mutual support are integral to our quest for excellence

    Our History

    Nationally, the Local Initiatives Support Corporation is celebrating the 40th year of work since our founding in 1979 by the Ford Foundation as an “intermediary” – a smart and nimble nonprofit that connects hard-to-tap public and private resources with underinvested places and people working to access opportunities every one of us deserves. Forty years later, LISC Indianapolis is respected for and committed to the same – smart, place-based investments that pool public and private investments to improve inclusive access to economic opportunity and fundamental well-being for Indianapolis residents living in conditions of poverty.  

    Formed in 1992 to address substandard housing conditions in the city, LISC Indianapolis has since become known for our holistic approach to community development – an approach that recognizes the importance of a set of interdependent neighborhood characteristics to the well-being of neighborhood residents and an approach that coordinates investments in commercial and industrial corridors, community facilities, businesses, and job creation in Indianapolis’ core urban neighborhoods.  

    In 2007, LISC Indianapolis formalized this comprehensive community development approach to support neighborhood-driven initiatives identified in quality of life plans in target neighborhoods and coordinated public, nonprofit, and private partners to make catalytic investments in the economic growth of these urban neighborhoods. In the eight years that followed, LISC invested $39 million across eight Indianapolis neighborhoods and leveraged an additional $428 million in quality of life improvements in these urban places. Since coming to Indianapolis, the impact of LISC Indianapolis has grown through its investment of technical assistance and financial resources. As we complete our 27th year in Indianapolis, we have invested more than $266 million directly to leverage over $1 billion that produced more than 8,168 affordable housing units and 7.28 million square feet of redeveloped commercial space.