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Who We Are

Buffalo LISC helps community residents transform distressed neighborhoods into healthy and sustainable communities of choice and opportunity.

In short, LISC is a catalyst.

We are coach, counselor, investor, neighborhood matchmaker and tireless advocate for the organizations we work with and the communities we serve

We build the bridge between law enforcement and community groups so that we can make streets safer. We fuel business developmentnew housing and education efforts that give families access to more jobs and better schools. We tap innovative national initiatives to rebuild whole neighborhoods, and then assemble local partners and private dollars to make those plans our new reality.

The capital we raise is critical, and so is the national expertise we bring to bear on local challenges. But, local relationships are the linchpin. We succeed in revitalizing troubled places because we understand the challenges they face and share their vision for a different future.


LISC's Buffalo office was opened in late 1998. Since then we have worked with local not-for-profit partners, private developers, local government and schools, and have provided funding and technical assistance to support projects that are contributing to healthier and more sustainable communities, and improving the lives of the families that live within them. Our not-for-profit partners are planning strategically, building their capacity, engaging resident and business leadership and creating positive changes for their communities. We thank our partners for their work and our funders for their support at guidance.