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.”

We Have Reached the Housing Cliff

As we look back on Affordable Housing Month, marked every year in May, it's clear that the need for safe, affordable housing—as well as the threats to providing it—have never been more acute. Denise Scott, LISC's EVP for Programs, makes a compelling case for why, during the Covid era and beyond, we need a robust national plan to safeguard homes for all of our country's vulnerable residents, as well as for the organizations that make those homes possible.

Language and the Way We Think About Stigmatized Groups: Q&A with Esther Uduehi

LISC’s Emerging Leader Council member Esther Uduehi is a doctoral candidate at The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania where her research focuses on the language associated with stigmatized groups and marginalized communities. Uduehi recently sat down with LISC to discuss how nonprofits and practitioners can put her findings to use, and the need to create more conversations using person-centered language.

Serving Richmond Students Where the Rubber Meets the Road: Q&A with Damon Jiggetts

In Richmond, Virginia, 86 percent of students don't take part in after-school activities—in many cases because they have no way of getting there. Damon Jiggetts, executive director of the Peter Paul Development Center and a 2019 Rubinger Fellow, has devised a new kind of bus company that could change all that, connecting youth to the kind of enrichment every child deserves.

New Ideas from a New Generation: LISC’s Emerging Leaders Council

There’s a new kind of board at LISC, composed of a diverse crew of younger professionals who are leaders in their fields. Their mission? To bring fresh perspectives, networks and attention to LISC’s work and help us achieve even greater impact in the communities we care about.