LISC National
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LISC National History

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.

Over the past 40 years, LISC has evolved from a national non-profit lending arm of the Ford Foundation, to the largest independent nonprofit CDFI in the country, supporting initiatives and investments in housing, business, jobs, education, safety, and health. 

Click here to view a brief history of LISC National.

Our Local Office History

Initially known as LISC Buffalo, our doors opened in 1998. Between 1998 and 2018, our local office:

  • Invested $131 million dollars into Buffalo area neighborhoods
  • Further leveraged an additional $254 million in investment
  • Catalyzed the creation of 2,574 units of affordable housing
  • Catalyzed the development of 355,000 square feet of commercial space
  • Invested in the renovation of 10 recreational fields for youth

In 2020, LISC Buffalo became LISC Western New York.

Click here to learn more about our history and the reasons behind our brand change.

Local Advisory Committee

LISC Western New York is guided by a Local Advisory Committee (LAC) of members from the civic and corporate community. LAC members provide programmatic and fiscal support to LISC WNY by helping to formulate policy positions, advise on the creation of new programs, and identify new funding sources. Members of the LAC serve as ambassadors of LISC WNY’s mission throughout our Western New York communities.

Click here to see who sits on our Local Advisory Committee


LISC Western New York is comprised of a team of hardworking, dedicated, and passionate staff.

Click here to see a list of our current staff.