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In 1979, when the Ford Foundation first conceived of LISC, it envisioned an “intermediary”—a smart and nimble non-profit that would connect hard-to-tap public and private resources with underinvested places and people working to access opportunities everyone of us deserves.
The premise was as simple then as it is now: government, foundations and for-profit companies have the capital; residents and local institutions understand the need; and LISC bridges the gap by offering the relationships, expertise, and financial resources to help community organizations attract the kinds of resources that allow them do their best work. While the components of our programming and our role continue to evolve and expand, for 40 years, our mission has remained the same.
We receive our funding from banks, corporations, foundations and government agencies. In turn, we use that funding to provide financing (loans, grants and equity) and technical and management assistance to local partner organizations and developers. Through our 35 local offices, a rural program that reaches more than 2,100 counties in 45 states, and LISC-founded affiliates and entities, LISC nationally works with a vast network of community-based partners, to make investments in housing, businesses, jobs, education, safety, and health.