Our Stories

5.11.2020 -

Untangling a Lifeline for Small Business

In the second round of federal Paycheck Protection Program loan disbursements, LISC and our SBA lending arm immito are providing intensive technical assistance and underwriting to provide loans to women- and minority-owned and led businesses and nonprofits in underserved communities. The effort is making a heartfelt difference in the lives of hundreds of entrepreneurs and their employees.

5.04.2020 -

Annual Report 2019: Building Strength & Resiliency

If there’s anything the outset of 2020 has taught us, it’s that America needs strong communities and strong organizations to flourish and progress, and to weather the profound challenges that life serves up—which is exactly where we find ourselves now, in the midst of the global Covid-19 crisis.

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“Light at the End of the Tunnel”: LISC & Verizon Announce First Recipients of Small Business Grants

To help small businesses—especially minority- and women-run enterprises in places bearing the brunt of the pandemic’s economic impact—LISC and Verizon are pleased to announce the first round of grantees of the Verizon Covid Small Business Relief Fund, now totaling $7.5 million. Some 225 entrepreneurs, stalwarts in their communities who have had limited access to mainstream capital sources, will put their $10K grants to use to keep their businesses, families and local economies afloat and strong.

4.27.2020 -

How a 100-Year-Old Clothier Is Fighting a 21st-Century Pandemic

This is a story for the record books: A venerable suit maker in Brooklyn, NY, owned and still operated by a man who survived the Holocaust (and co-founded a LISC partner agency), has overhauled its operations to make face masks and keep many of its longtime employees working. The first 600 masks were donated to another LISC partner, St. Nicks Alliance, and many more are going to the city's residents most in need. Read on to find out how you can help, too.

A Message from Our CEO: Be Safe, and Join Us

In a video message from his home, LISC CEO Maurice A. Jones weighs in on the most important things we can do to come through the pandemic: take care of yourself and your loved ones, and join in our wide-ranging partnerships to support the people, businesses and communities most vulnerable to the profound health and economic fallout of the coronavirus.