Resources

4.10.2019 -

Fireside Chat on Democratizing Finance with Maurice Jones and Clifford Rosenthal

Democratizing Finance traces the roots of community development finance over two centuries and draws from hundreds of interviews with CDFI leaders, presidential archives, and congressional testimony. Watch this recording to learn more.

Community Land Trusts & Community Development: Partners Against Displacement

A new LISC white paper examines how partnerships between Community Land Trusts (CLTs) and community development institutions can scale up and sustain land trusts so as to begin to impact displacement at the neighborhood level.

How Communities Work Together

Using the tool of social network analysis, this report by MDRC offers preliminary insights into the conditions for more successful collective action by examining the distribution of power among local actors, the ties between more distant organizations and a core of activity, and the depth of community partnerships.

The Science Behind Success: Duke Eyes LISC Financial Opportunity Centers

In a new study from Duke University’s Center for Advanced Hindsight, behavioral science takes center stage, as researchers consider what motivates clients at LISC Financial Opportunity Centers and offer new ways to increase retention in the program so that more people have the chance to improve their financial outlook.

Loan Products for Credit-Building: An Impact Analysis of Twin Accounts

Low-income people often find that poor credit scores, or no scores at all, prevent them from obtaining affordable consumer credit. Beginning in 2010, LISC, with the input of many of its partners–created and piloted a credit building loan product called Twin Accounts. In this paper, LISC researchers compare the outcomes of Twin Accounts borrowers with other, statistically-matched, clients of LISC-supported Financial Opportunity Centers who did not open such accounts to find out whether their scores, in fact, improved.