Virginia Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) is the catalyst for neighborhood and resident inspired transformation. We are place-based, partner-focused and resident-driven.
Thirty years ago, LISC formally went into the business of helping community groups revitalize neighborhoods, thanks to the Ford Foundation and six major corporate funders. Local community development leaders invited LISC to come to Richmond in 1990 and we have been here ever since. For the past 25 years, Virginia LISC has distinguished itself as a provider of vital capacity building and organizational development support to community development corporations (CDCs) in Central Virginia. Our work has resulted in the growth of high performing nonprofit developers who have significantly increased the production of quality affordable rental and owner occupied housing units, childcare facilities and commercial projects throughout the region.Since 1990, LISC has raised $26.1 million locally, attracting $428 million to invest in Virginia neighborhoods.
LISC promotes positive change through its comprehensive programs. LISC’s resources make a big difference in communities’ environments through collaborations with community development corporations. We have made great improvements in the quality and quantity of affordable housing in Richmond. What makes LISC a unique organization is its ability to bring together community development groups, government leaders, business associations, and faith-based organizations for the sole purpose of improving neighborhoods and the lives of the residents who live there.We are excited about our Neighborhoods Rising Initiative because the quality of life planning process will be driven by the residents---what changes they want to see in their community. It is very exciting and brings important players to the table---businesses, government, educators, and community residents. These folks are all important stakeholders who become actively involved at the neighborhood level to create change in a dynamic way. This initiative extends beyond improving buildings to improving the fabric of the community.
What’s really powerful about Virginia LISC is how it brings together corporations, nonprofits, and government entities to collectively build stronger communities. That collaboration among both the public and private sector is crucial in meeting our shared vision for driving meaningful community and economic development.
Neighborhoods Rising Initiative
By utilizing the holistic approach inherent in the sustainable communities model, Virginia LISC is launching its Neighborhoods Rising Initiative in five targeted communities in the Richmond region. The Neighborhoods Rising Initiative is a citizen-directed quality of life planning process that engages a variety of stakeholders in identifying strategies and projects for improving neighborhoods. The product of this process, a quality of life plan, will become a blueprint for the community as plan recommendations are implemented.
Founded in 1979, LISC has become the nation's largest community development support organization. Headquartered in New York City, National LISC offers nationwide program initiatives that can be implemented at the local field office level. With 30 urban programs and a national rural program operating in 36 states, LISC delivers capital from corporations, foundations, individuals and the government to a network of hundreds of community organizations across the country. This unique "on the ground" presence enables LISC to work closely with community development organizations to identify local priorities and challenges, thereby creating a tailored plan to address each community's needs.
Virginia LISC, working in Central Virginia for the past 20 years, takes advantage of National LISC programs while also creating its own programmatic agenda to fit the needs of the communities the organization serves. For example, the NFL Grassroots Program is a nationwide effort to refurbish community athletic fields. Virginia LISC partnered with City of Richmond Parks and Recreation to garner resources to make improvements to four athletic fields in the city. Virginia LISC has also partnered with National LISC and Americorps to provide Americorps members to our nonprofit partners.
Other National LISC programs being woven into the Neighborhoods Rising Initiative include the Community Safety Initiative, Community Collaborative for Kids, and the Vacant Properties Initiative. As the quality of life planning process unfolds in our targeted communities we will pair additional programs with the specific needs of each neighborhood.
Indirect Public Support HelpIndirect public support represents revenue received through solicitation campaigns. This includes funding United Way and other federated fundraising organizations, but does not include donor designated contributions.
Earned Revenue HelpEarned revenue represents income generated in direct exchange for a product or service.Earned income includes income from government contracts.
The financial structure of LISC is unique. LISC is a national corporation, of which Virginia LISC is a part. There are 30 local offices and some special programs, all of which are financed individually. This type of financial structuring makes local financial support to Virginia LISC essential.
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