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A Comprehensive Approach to Increasing Family Income and Wealth

Greater Kansas City LISC and United Way of Greater Kansas City have partnered to bring to Kansas City a network of Financial Opportunity Centers (FOC) to help low-income families stabilize their long-term financial outlook. Based on a model developed by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, FOCs provide individuals and families with services across three areas: employment placement and career improvement; financial education and coaching; and public benefits access. These core services are integrated and provided to clients in a bundled fashion in order to reinforce one another and to provide a multi-faceted approach to income and wealth building.

  • Increases low-income individuals’ access to jobs and builds an economically stable, financially literate and employable workforce.
  • Empowers people to take control over their financial future through coaching, financial literacy tools, career and job planning, and more.
  • Enables individuals to change their behaviors and become financially stable.

In partnership with United Way of Greater Kansas City and local funders, LISC established the local FOC network in 2013 with local partners the Prosperity Center at Rockhurst University and the Women's Employment Network. The network welcomed Guadalupe Centers, Inc. in 2014, Community Services League in 2015. The FOC Network will expand with a fifth site by 2017. 

> Read details about the FOC core program elements.

> Our FOC Brochure highlights the model's successes in other cities

Initial funders who are helping launch the LISC Financial Opportunity Network in Kansas City are:

Bank of America and the Bank of America Foundation
Citi Cards of Kansas City
Hall Family Foundation
H&R Block Foundation
PNC Foundation
Shook Hardy & Bacon
Missouri Department of Economic Development
John W. & Effie E. Speas Memorial Trust
State Street
State of Missouri
United Way of Greater Kansas City
U.S. Bank and U.S. Bank Foundation
Wells Fargo Home Mortgage

To learn more about how to become involved in Greater Kansas City LISC Financial Opportunity Centers, contact Trese Robinson. 



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Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City’s National Conference on Financial Resiliency and Mobility

LISC is excited about the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City’s National Conference on Financial Resiliency and Mobility. The conference explores the latest research and innovative programs on building financial resiliency and mobility in low-to moderate-income communities, diving into such issues as housing, health, payday lending regulation, education and workforce development. The will be many great speakers, representing organizations like The Brookings Institution, Credit Builders Alliance, United Way Worldwide, Kaiser Family Health Foundation, FICO® and many more. It is great to have such a wealth of knowledge that will be here in Kansas City.

Parent Leadership Training Institute

To improve outcomes for children, we must focus on parent voice, involvement and leadership. Mayor Sly James and Greater Kansas City LISC invite you to learn about the Parent Leadership Training Institute, a program that has created parent leaders for over 20 years. PLTI's curriculum is unique; it integrates personal and child development, leadership training, and civic literacy and participation. This toolkit of skills helps parents have the confidence to be leaders that make real change – in schools, communities and government.

Financial Coaching and Certification Program - Apply Today!

Financial Coaching Training and Certification brought to you by United Way of Greater Kansas City, Greater Kansas City LISC and the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. In collaboration, these four organizations have conducted interviews with local stakeholders and financial capability practitioners, reviewed financial coaching curricula from across the country and reviewed best-practice research on emerging trends to help low-and-moderate income families achieve their financial goals and increase economic mobility in our region.