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LISC & Kaiser Permanente to Invest $60M to Fuel Businesses, Jobs & Health

In his latest message, LISC CEO Maurice A. Jones lays out the kinds of holistic investment that a multi-faceted $60 million partnership with Kaiser Permanente will help make possible. "An America where ZIP code, more than any other factor, determines a person’s prospects in life is not sustainable," argues Jones. "For our communities to recover from COVID-19 and set out on a path toward equitable growth, we must make investments that break down barriers and create opportunities that are open to all."

Our Communities Need a Marshall Plan

In his latest video message, LISC CEO Maurice A. Jones reflects on the disproportionate health and economic impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on underinvested communities and communities of color, and calls for a 21st-century Marshall Plan—intensive and broad investment that will both help people and enterprises recover, and redress the inequities that set the stage for the fallout of the current crisis.

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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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.

4.08.2020 -

Can a Small Business Start Making PPE Last Week? “Hell, yes!”

This story about an emerging small business pivoting to make critical personal protective equipment for an Indianapolis hospital is not simply one of the brilliant examples of people adapting and pitching in during the Covid-19 crisis: It is a textbook case of how LISC staff and partners—nimble, passionate and embedded in their communities—make inspired connections that link residents and enterprises with opportunities that are literally life-saving.