LISC National
Who We Are

Our Mission:

LISC Philadelphia is a champion for equitable community development; working alongside residents and partners to forge inclusive communities of choice and opportunity. 

Our work as an intermediary organization hinges on the insight, experience and expertise of hundreds of community development groups rebuilding neighborhoods across the country. The better they do their job, the better we can do ours--and the more communities we support together. Through financing, direct program support, capacity building and working capital we help our partners and neighbors create more equitable communities.

LISC’s distinctive value proposition lies in our experience and ability to simultaneously serve as a key partner in all five of the following roles:

  • Investor: direct and leverage strategic flow of capital to people and communities with underdeveloped assets
  • Capacity builder: develop leadership and capacity at the local level to equip individuals and community partners to implement and align effective strategies
  • Advisor: serve as trusted partner to residents, organizations and investors seeking to deliver solutions in their communities
  • Convener: foster on-the-ground collaboration by coordinating resources and actors across sectors and helping to manage project implementation
  • Systems innovator: engage local leaders and residents to turn innovative ideas into practice, share methodologies across markets, and engage in the national, state and local policy arenas.


Philadelphia’s underserved neighborhoods become better places to live, work, do business and raise families.  Since 1980, Philadelphia LISC has invested more than $435 million to build or preserve more than 8,500 affordable homes and to develop more than 2.3 million square feet of retail, community, and educational space.

Our Priorities

Because our approach is comprehensive, Philadelphia LISC has developed particular leadership and expertise in a number of programmatic priorities. Learn about our priority programs and areas of expertise.

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What We Offer

LISC has invested $435 million in Philadelphia neighborhoods. We provide loans, grants, and technical assistance to local organizations for projects and programs that help their communities. Learn more about how we can help.

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Where We Work

LISC works with community partners across Philadelphia to achieve neighborhood change. Learn more about where we work.

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