Winter may be hanging on longer than expected (in some parts of the country), but at LISC, the month of March has blossomed like never before. In the last three weeks, we raised $68 million—from longstanding donors such as State Farm and Wells Fargo, through new partnerships with ProMedica, Union Pacific and the San Francisco Foundation, and with expanded public resources from the CDFI Fund and the city of Washington, DC. We’ll invest it. We’ll leverage it. We’ll use it to lift up underinvested neighborhoods and develop the skills of talented people in our neighborhoods. There’s still much to do to foster economic opportunity in our communities and we are grateful for this support, which helps us do the job. What a month it’s been. And we've still got a week to go!
A vigorous and unprecedented partnership between LISC and ProMedica, an Ohio-based integrated health system, is set to inject tens of millions of dollars to improve health outcomes and wellbeing in underinvested Toledo neighborhoods. The collaboration, which will serve as a national model, will fund opportunities for employment, income-building, education, community safety and affordable housing—all the social determinants that shape a person’s health. “When we connect [the] talent and resources [of the healthcare industry] to the expertise of community developers, we have an opportunity to drive changes that help people live better—literally adding years to their life,” said LISC CEO Maurice Jones. “That’s incredibly powerful.”
Since 1998, the NFL Foundation and LISC have joined forces to build and refurbish over 330 neighborhood football fields across the US through the NFL Grassroots Program. On Thursday, the latest 14 cities receiving grants totaling $3 million were announced. Our CEO, Maurice Jones, reiterated the importance of the program, stating “quality recreational opportunities significantly increases the assets of neighborhoods and the well-being of the people who live there.”
At a time when data plays a more important role than ever in guiding our work—and telling our stories, a distinguished researcher will lead LISC in evaluating the strength of our investments to link people with opportunity.
David Greenberg, LISC’s new director of research and evaluation, talks about the path that led him to LISC and the imperative of translating research into better policy and practice in the field. In our Q&A, hear from Greenberg about how his past work as an organizer in homeless shelters inspired him to become an investigator, and about the most pivotal project of his career. Plus, one of his favorite non-research-related pastimes.