The latest white paper from our Research & Evaluation team shows how LISC's ongoing work to support collaborative revitalization of industrial districts, in ways that promote equitable benefits for businesses and residents, helps bolster surrounding communities, even in the age of Covid-19.
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.”
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 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.
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.