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.

Our Guiding Principles:

  • Collaboration:  LISC supports communities and partners that are open and enthusiastic about working together to create positive change, solve problems and spark innovation. We work to find common ground, identify shared priorities, and play on our strengths to revitalize neighborhoods and improve lives.  
  • Engagement:  LISC values resident participation in the planning, decision-making, and implementation of neighborhood revitalization efforts. By building the capacity of residents as informed leaders, willing partners and capable volunteers, we can help build connections and a shared belief that residents can affect positive lasting change. 
  • Impact:  LISC holds itself accountable to achieve real, measurable results related to both people and place. Through neighborhood revitalization, LISC helps to transform thousands of people’s lives as they have places to call home, livable wage jobs, quality options for food and health care, safe places to play, etc.


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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