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12.03.2019 -

In This Season of Giving, Take Action!

This Giving Tuesday, we are reflecting on what we've accomplished in 2019 thanks to the support of our donors and partners. To that end, we're highlighting three key areas of our work: supporting entreprenuers, closing the skills gap and investing in safety and justice programs—all of which were made possible by our supporters' investments.

12.03.2019 -

Making Room for Manufacturing—and Manufacturing Jobs

In a new white paper from LISC and the Urban Manufacturing Alliance, “All About the Jobs,” we describe eight mission-driven industrial projects and their financing models. All these projects are creating affordable space for small- and medium-sized manufacturers so they can bring benefits—good jobs, especially—to the surrounding community. But every project is unique: each uses a different set of subsidies and has built a distinct capital stack. And each mission-driven developer has a different story to tell about the long-term value of investing in industrial space. LISC is investing in projects like these all across the country. Here, we take a look at why it’s so important, and how it’s getting done, in New York City.

11.26.2019 -

In Praise (and Support) of Small Business

Forget Thanksgiving and Black Friday (jk!): one of our favorite days of the year is Small Business Saturday, a time to shop local and take stock of the imperative role that entrepreneurs play in energizing community economies and cultures, creating jobs and fueling the country's economic engine as a whole. Read on to learn about how we've supported small businesses this year, and to check out some of our favorite small biz stories.

Community Wise Podcast: Do Words Matter?

In this episode, Maurice is joined by Esther Udehi, a member of LISC’s Emerging Leaders Council and a PhD candidate at the Wharton School. Esther and Maurice discuss how language choices affect our interactions with people and the communities where we work. By putting personhood before circumstance and choosing words that do not further stigmatize, we can bring about real change and support greater inclusion.

11.13.2019 -

“It Has To Start With the Children”: Q&A With Juanita Woods

Rubinger Fellow Juanita Woods is a community development practitioner and city council member in Monroe, LA who specializes in helping people skill up to take on living-wage jobs with local employers. She spoke with LISC about her fellowship project to provide apprenticeships for young people, the challenges of wealth-building in historically underserved communities, and the inspiration she gets from empowering youth on their life journeys.