Our Stories

Meeting the Moment for CDFIs

LISC COO Annie Donovan, who formerly led the federal CDFI Fund, reflects on four questions CDFIs should be asking themselves to affect greater racial and economic justice. “This is not a time for CDFIs to take cover behind our mission statements. This moment calls us all to deeper reckoning.”

What Does Juneteenth Mean to You?

Each month, we will pose a question to the OneLISC family, and share the responses reflecting our diverse range of voices and backgrounds. We hope these Reflections from the Field will be a source of inspiration and insight for us all.

To Be Truly Anti-Racist, Community Development Needs a Reckoning

To tackle the deadly and enduring public health crisis of anti-Black racism, nonprofits must shift and sharpen their approach to upending the systems that perpetuate it, explains Adiyah Ali, LISC development officer and a member of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee. Unless we make those changes now, we cannot sustain our impact.

Intention Created the Racial Wealth Gap. It Will Take Intention to Close It.

In response to a deeply-reported article about black land loss co-published by The New Yorker and ProPublica, LISC CEO Maurice A. Jones underscores how this ongoing and insidious form of displacement has widened the country’s racial wealth gap. Just as that gap was wrought through intentional discriminatory policy and practices, says Jones, so it will take intentional action and law to close it.

Walking the Talk of Racial Equity

LISC Phoenix’s Dominic Braham is a 2019 PLACES fellow with the Funder’s Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities (alongside LISC NYC's Grace Chung). When the fellowship brought him to Newark, NJ for a site visit, it sparked a realization: Braham saw that he had to think critically about pushing for racial equity from both an individual and an institutional perspective. In a blog for the Funder’s Network, he shares the toolbox he’s been assembling to challenge the status quo in community development leadership, and to convert conversations about change into action.