LISC National

About Us

We are a national organization with a grassroots focus

We are LISC—the Local Initiatives Support Corporation. It may be a mouthful, but our name does, in fact, say it all. As a support organization, we pool public and private dollars; investing those dollars into local partners, to support people and places in WNY. Additionally, we provide technical assistance through capacity support, policy support, communications, and lending, to help our partners succeed.

We are one of the nation's largest CDFIs - or Community Development Financial Institution - an organization that invests money in community groups working to revitalize disinvested neighborhoods. Additionally, we are the nation's largest nonprofit lender. LISC’s role as a non-profit CDFI is to provide capital to projects in low-income, disadvantaged and underserved communities at affordable rates. We are profitable, but we are not profit-maximizing. We put community first.

We offer this capital to local nonprofit developers, small businesses and other service providers who may not be able to get credit in the conventional marketplace. Our loans have financed affordable housing, supermarkets, schools, health centers and other vital community projects. And we bring equity primarily mainly through our investment companies, to projects in housing, retail and commercial centers, small businesses and cultural districts.

LISC Western New York is one of 35 local LISC offices throughout the country, and is dedicated to helping community residents transform disinvested Western New York neighborhoods into healthy and sustainable communities of choice and opportunity - good places to work, do business, and raise children.

Local Initiatives Support Corporation

70 West Chippewa Street

Suite 604

Buffalo, NY 14202