Helping neighbors build communities

We are one site of the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), the nation’s largest community development support organization. Our mission is to help neighborhood residents create healthy and sustainable places of choice and opportunity – good places to live, work, raise children and conduct business.


LISC DC, one of the 31 sites of the national community development organization the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), is being honored as a “Nonprofit of the Year”!  Founded in 1982, we have been investing in the programs, projects and activities of our nonprofit partners for over 30 years. We are extremely pleased that our work of helping to create healthy neighborhoods of choice and opportunity that are good places to live, work, raise children and conduct business is being recognized.  Check back here for highlights of the event and photos.

Washington Business Journal’s 2016 CEO of the Year and Best in Business Awards

December 8, 2016, 6:30 – 9:30 pm

Watergate Hotel (2650 Virginia Ave, NW, Washington, DC 20037)




Our Work

We mobilize corporate, philanthropic, individual donor and government resources and invest them into the projects, programs and initiatives that build on the assets and address the challenges of the neighborhoods in Washington, DC. We are a lender, donor, advocate, convener, facilitator, and technical assistance provider.


Our Impact

Our service area is the District of Columbia.  By providing loans, equity, grants, or technical support, we help local partners bring a range of improvements to their neighborhoods, including affordable housing, early learning and adult education,  arts, shopping and retail, and health. Click here for more information on our impact by the numbers, and within neighborhoods.


Our Team

Established in 1982, the LISC DC program is a site of the Local Initiatives Support Corporation, a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI), and the largest community development support organization in the country. The LISC DC program has a 6-person staff and is supported by a Local Advisory Committee (LAC).

Donate to LISC

LISC DC relies on the generous support of individuals and institutions to assist our efforts to transform distressed communities into healthy and sustainable places to live, work, and raise families.

Your tax-deductible donation to LISC DC enables us to continue to help residents like 90 year-old Mrs. Wilson, a resident of Pleasant Park for 50 years, remain in her home; supports the elimination of ‘food deserts’ in Woodridge; and provides after-school program for 90 students in Brookland. Your contribution to LISC DC will go far in helping us achieve our mission. Thanks for your support!