Join Us Under the Big Tent!

Posted by on Sep 14, 2015 in Blog, Events, Featured, Home | 0 comments

Join Us Under the Big Tent!

Toledo LISC will host the 2015 Spotlight on Community Development annual fundraiser at the Historic Ohio Theatre,  3114 Lagrange Street, on Thursday, October 22nd.  This year’s spotlight will shine on the emerging field of creative placemaking- an innovative approach to spurring neighborhood revitalization through Arts & Culture.

You won’t want to miss this unique fun-filled evening featuring live performances by Toledo’s very own Bird’s Eye View Circus, Spoken Toledo and up-close magic with Martin Jarret!

Click HERE to purchase your tickets!

  • Cocktails: 6pm
  • Program Starts: 6:30pm
  • Live Entertainment: 7:30pm

Hensville: A home run for Toledo

Posted by on Aug 25, 2015 in Blog, Home | 0 comments

Hensville: A home run for Toledo

Baseball, in many places, is synonymous with summer.  In Toledo, it’s also a bellwether for growth and opportunity.

This week, LISC joined the Toledo Mud Hens as team leaders kicked off Hensville, a major economic development effort that will bring new businesses and community space to buildings vacant for more than 30 years in the city’s Warehouse District, just steps from the ballpark.

The AAA Mud Hens moved into the neighborhood from the suburbs 15 years ago with the expressed intent of bringing new social and economic activity to the heart of the city.  It’s a strategy that has paid off, said Kim Cutcher, executive director of LISC’s Toledo program, pointing to gains in housing and employment opportunities for nearby low-income residents.

“Turning this vision into reality took the tremendous efforts of a few and the will of many,” said Joe Napoli, president and CEO of the Mud Hens, in a statement about the new development.

“Because of the continued support the Toledo Mud Hens have received from the community and community leaders since moving into downtown Toledo, we now have the opportunity to reinvent these buildings into something great for the entire Toledo region.”

Now, the team is partnering with LISC, PNC Bank, policymakers and community leaders on a $21 million effort to transform several neglected buildings along St. Clair street and help build a bustling entertainment district. The plan for the area—known as Hensville—aims to create jobs, improve nearby property values, generate local income and support a vibrant neighborhood.  LISC tapped $6 million of its federal New Markets Tax Credit allocation to help support this project–part of the organization’s $13.2 million in investments in the surrounding area over the last year.

“The Mud Hens have made it a priority to play a central role in the civic live of Toledo,” Cutcher said.  “They are committed to leveraging the team’s appeal to make Toledo a better place to live, work, do business and raise kids.

“This project directly connects to so much of what we’re doing here,” she said, pointing to LISC’s $93 million in support over the last 20 years for stronger Toledo communities. “We’re excited to help make the Warehouse District a place for great restaurants, shops, and local events, as well as for great baseball.”

The St. Clair Street buildings are expected to be open in time for the 2016 baseball season. For more on the Toledo Mud Hens, visit the Mud Hens official site.



Combating predatory lending

Posted by on Jul 30, 2015 in Blog, Home | 2 comments

Combating predatory lending

United Way of Greater Toledo and LISC AmeriCorps are pleased to announced the release of the Toledo Financial Access map.  This interactive map details the location of both mainstream financial institutions and alternative financial services throughout Toledo’s neighborhoods.  Click “Read More” to access the interactive map.

Healthy Futures Fund helps bring state of the art care to Toledo

Posted by on Mar 30, 2015 in Home, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Healthy Futures Fund helps bring state of the art care to Toledo

The city of Toledo will celebrate another dose of economic development this week with the groundbreaking of the Neighborhood Health Association’s (NHA) new community health center, funded with $6.2 million in capital from the Healthy Futures Fund.

The Fund is a broad collaboration led by Morgan Stanley, The Kresge Foundation and LISC to help low-income residents live healthier by connecting affordable housing and health care. To date, the Fund has supported new housing developments with on-site health services, new health centers with programs that target affordable housing residents and other services that help link the two.

In Toledo, the new $11.4 million NHA facility that will not only provide a wide range of primary care services to 16,000 patients per year—almost all of whom are low-income—but it will also include a community garden to promote healthy eating, a low-cost pharmacy and a credit union.  The clinic being built in an area with a 45 percent poverty rate, where families earn just 31 percent of the average median income for Toledo.

“The clinic is designed to connect residents to additional resources that support them in their path to economic security and improved health,” said Denise Scott, LISC executive vice president.

“The transformation that occurs out of this kind of collaboration creates vibrant neighborhoods where people thrive,” she added.

UpTown district teams up to support Toledo’s creative class

Posted by on Feb 25, 2015 in Featured, Home, News, Uncategorized | 0 comments

UpTown district teams up to support Toledo’s creative class

Economic and Community Development Institute was awarded a $200,000 grant from the Kresge and Surdna Foundations. This significant investment for the UpTown Toledo Arts Entrepreneur Initiative (AEI) is designed to enhance neighborhood and commercial revitalization in Toledo’s UpTown commercial arts district.

The UpTown AEI is a joint effort with The Arts Commission, UpTown Association and Toledo Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC). AEI is a small business development program designed for creative entrepreneurs in need of training and capital to launch or sustain creative enterprises, including craft, fashion, food, entertainment, and fine-arts businesses.

“Like entrepreneurs, artists are drive by passion and creativity. We are pleased to be a part of the UpTown Toledo Arts Entrepreneur Initiative. This innovative and unique program will allow us and our partners to help these businesses build strong foundations to grow. We are grateful to Kresge and Surdna Foundations in giving a much needed opportunities to our local creative entrepreneurs, said Inna Kinney, Founder & CEO, ECDI.

LISC’s Financial Opportunity Centers will also be involved.  Toledo LISC will connect individuals not yet eligible for loans from ECDI to LISC Twin Accounts™. LISC Twin Accounts™ are matched, low interest savings loans with a credit builder twist. The product, offered through the Toledo Financial Opportunity Centers, has a proven track record of helping individuals with a bad credit rating, or no credit rating at all, build a credit history and healthy credit score over a short period of time. “The benefit of LISC Twin Accounts™ is two-fold,” according to Toledo LISC Program Officer Valerie Moffitt. “Not only are folks with little to no credit history afforded the opportunity to experience the benefits of credit building, but positive financial behaviors needed for long-term economic success are also established and rewarded through the dollar for dollar match.”

LISC Financial Opportunity Centers recognized for holistic approach to pulling people out of poverty

Posted by on Jan 31, 2015 in Featured, Home, News | 0 comments

LISC Financial Opportunity Centers recognized for holistic approach to pulling people out of poverty

For coachingfamilies who have long struggled to make ends meet, a decent job is a first step toward inancial stability. But, it’s only the first step. Washington Post columnist Michelle Singletary takes a close look at how LISC’s network of Financial Opportunity Centers connect job training and placement with long-term, one-on-one financial coaching—what she calls “the missing link”—that helps people achieve long term financial behavior change to boost their credit ratings, reduce debt and build savings.

Read the full story in The Washington Post.

LISC AmeriCorps Toledo members team up with United Way’s Day of Caring to bring new life to the Nativity building.

Posted by on Jan 20, 2015 in Blog, Home | 0 comments

LISC AmeriCorps Toledo members team up with United Way’s Day of Caring to bring new life to the Nativity building.

LISC’s work shines on MSNBC

Posted by on Jan 19, 2015 in Home, Uncategorized | 0 comments

LISC’s work shines on MSNBC

Challenging but transformative—that’s how LISC’s Michael Rubinger, in an interview on Morning Joe, described the work of helping lift low-income neighborhoods across America. Rubinger made a case for investing in comprehensive community development, which was also highlighted in a video segment about LISC’s effort to repurpose an abandoned school in Flint, Michigan into affordable senior housing.

Watch the replay on MSNBC.

We’re hiring!

Posted by on Dec 24, 2014 in Featured, Home, News | 0 comments

We’re hiring!

Position Announcement
Program Assistant

Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) seeks qualified candidates for the position of Program Assistant with the Toledo LISC program. LISC’s mission is to build healthy, sustainable communities – places where families can live, work and raise their children. LISC does that by working directly with partners in distressed neighborhoods, funders, public agencies and the private sector. Founded in 1979 by the Ford Foundation, LISC has grown to become the nation’s premier national non-profit intermediary providing holistic support for neighborhood development.

Toledo Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) seeks an individual, with a passion for strengthening communities through effective and thoughtful investment, grant making and related activities. The Program Assistant Position is an entry-level position that provides essential program and administrative support to the Executive Director, Deputy Director and Program Officers. This position will involve fund development, communications, program and administrative functions. The Program Assistant will report to the Deputy Director.

Toledo LISC has operated a program in Toledo and Northwest Ohio since 1990. Toledo LISC has invested over $92 million in the form of grants, loans, and equity investments to support a broad range of Toledo community development initiatives. LISC’s investments have leveraged an additional $200 million of investment in the community by mobilizing corporate, government, and philanthropic support to provide financial and technical resources for community-based initiatives. Toledo LISC is implementing a Building Sustainable Communities (BSC) strategy and concentrating efforts in the Cherry Street Corridor in North Toledo, and the Garfield/Main Street/Marina District in East Toledo. At the same time LISC is narrowing its focus, it is becoming more comprehensive in its engagement with its target communities. This strategy will concentrate program resources and capital investment to serve five goals:

• Expanding Investment in Housing and Other Real Estate,
• Increasing Family Income & Wealth,
• Stimulating Economic Development,
• Improving Access to Quality Education, and
• Supporting Healthy Environments and Lifestyles.

With LISC support, both BSC target neighborhoods have completed specific plans for their areas which serve as a basis for larger strategies that improve coordination, identify opportunities to collaborate, leverage resources, and connect the target areas with more regional objectives and initiatives in economic development, human services, and transportation.

Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) is a national nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization with a very local focus and operations base, which is represented by thirty field offices across the country. LISC acts as a trainer, technical assistance provider, funder, lender, advocate, and consultant to these groups as they revitalize neighborhoods in multi-dimensional ways and engage residents in the important work of community development. The organization has a long and successful tradition of building the capacity of the community development field through a myriad of activities, including: training, loans, grants, technical assistance, providing information sharing platforms, and policy and program research and development. Toledo LISC, as one of the 30 field offices, has its own local staff, board, and sets its strategic direction and program and fundraising goals.

For more information about national LISC and Toledo LISC, visit our websites at and


 Assist in coordination, compliance monitoring and development of the programmatic initiatives;
 Assist in maintaining and creating communications materials, including electronic newsletters;
 Participate in creating presentations, briefs and progress reports;
 Lead, coordinate, and write periodic status reports;
 Arrange meetings, develop agendas and maintain minutes for internal and external meetings; assist in the     preparation of memos and presentations;
 Coordinate events, conferences and workshops;
 Create, maintain, and update information in databases;
 Manage financial reports for the local office and grants;
 Perform day-to-day office functions; and
 Perform other administrative, special projects and related duties as requested.


 Minimum of 1-2 years related work experience;
 Excellent written and oral communication skills;
 Flexibility and poise in dealing with a diverse set of individuals and organizations;
 Highly motivated, solution-oriented individual with ability and judgment to take initiative and work independently without extended supervision and can accomplish complex and multiple assignments simultaneously;
 Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite and social media/networking; and
 Detail-oriented while still able to understand and promote a global view of the community development field and LISC.

Undergraduate degree required. Graduate level education in urban planning, business, or related fields or experience in community development, neighborhood organizing or social services is a plus.

LISC offers competitive compensation.

Submit a resume and cover letter to with the subject heading “PA Search”. No phone calls please.


LISC releases Building Sustainable Communities Research Report

Posted by on Dec 12, 2014 in Blog, Home | 0 comments

LISC releases Building Sustainable Communities Research Report

Do investments in low-income neighborhoods really make a difference? In a new study by LISC, the answer is yes. The report shows that in neighborhoods where LISC invested heavily, jobs and incomes each grew 9 percent more than in similar communities with little or no investment. Michael Rubinger, president & CEO of LISC, says this shows that LISC’s approach to comprehensive community development improves the quality of life for low-income families in a significant way. “This is a real indicator that we are moving in the right direction.”


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