Touchstone Award Nominee: LISC

August 15, 2016 09:05 PM

You may have heard of LISC, but maybe weren't sure exactly what they do.

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It's probably because they do so much in the community, but it's often as the connector between different groups.

"We are a national community development intermediary," explained Pam Kramer, executive director of Duluth LISC. "We focus on low income neighborhoods and low income people, and make sure all people in all neighborhoods can prosper."

That happens in a variety of ways. They provide core support to places like One Roof Community Housing, EcoLibrium, the Entrepreneur Fund, and AICHO. 

LISC also assists Community Action Duluth, which helps people find jobs and careers.

Other ways they support our community include loans, strategy building, and convening resources.

They've been a leader helping the campaign called "Advancing Lincoln Park," which is creating new buzz and new business in an area that had been considered somewhat left behind.

"We are about to celebrate our 20th anniversary. And we've been able to generate about $84 million in direct LISC  financing into the community," Kramer added.

LISC is part of a national organization. They've been in Duluth since 1997. They are up for the Touchstone Award from the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation, which awarded LISC a grant last year. The grant money helped them add a staff person.

The Touchstone Award luncheon is Monday, September 12th, at the DECC. It is open to the public. To RSVP:


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