About LISC

President & CEO: Maurice Jones

Headquarters: New York, New York

Staff: Approximately 350

Established: 1980, by the Ford Foundation

Founded in 1980, LISC is the largest community development support organization in the country.



For more than three decades, LISC has connected local organizations and community leaders with resources to revitalize neighborhoods and improve quality of life. The LISC model assembles private and public resources and directs it to locally-defined priorities. Our unique structure enables local organizations to access national resources and expertise and our funding partners to leverage their investment and achieve an impact that is truly remarkable.

(LISC) is dedicated to helping community residents transform distressed neighborhoods into healthy and sustainable communities of choice and opportunity — good places to work, do business and raise children. LISC mobilizes corporate, government and philanthropic support to provide local community development organizations with:

  • loans, grants and equity investments
  • local, statewide and national policy support
  • technical and management assistance

Learn more about how the LISC model works here.

In 1991 LISC opened an office in Rhode Island. Since that time more than $300 million has been invested in neighborhoods across our state, helping to create more than 7,000 affordable homes and supporting the development of more than 1.8 million square feet of commercial, child care and community space. Visit www.rilisc.org to learn more.