We Promote and Foster Thought Leadership
Boston LISC plays a key role in community development by sponsoring public events, initiating research, and creating forums for discussion with our partners. We examine how community developers can have a greater impact in improving the communities of Greater Boston and in expanding opportunities for individuals and their families.
Boston LISC’s Role
Boston LISC seeks to promote learning and critical thinking with our community development partners as we confront the challenge of improving the quality of life in neighborhoods. During the past three years, we have engaged in an ongoing critical thinking project called the Community Development Innovation Forum in partnership with the Massachusetts Association of Community Development Corporations (MACDC).
The first phase of the project engaged more than 100 community practitioners in five working groups on topics central to the community development field in Massachusetts. The second phase has included deeper examination of some key topics identified in the first phase. Phase 2 projects have included:
»a forum event on how CDCs can better communicate their message, that was attended by more than 50 practitioners
»a forum event on CDC collaboration attended by more than 75 practitioners
»a forum event on the financial health of the community development sector, attended by more than 75 practitioners
»a forum event on the intersection of community development and environmental sustainability, attended by more than 85 practitioners
In the past, Boston LISC has worked to advance green building in the community development sector by initiating the "Green CDC Project" more than ten years ago and by working to improve CDC community organizing with the Ricanne Hadrian Initiative for Community Organizing. In collaboration with MACDC, we brought in more than $1.5 million to support CDCs' community organizing efforts and encouraged best practices and learning among the participating organizations.
Boston LISC has promoted thought leadership in the community development field by:
»Partnering with New Sector Alliance and MACDC on a CDC Collaboration project, and releasing a report about the benefits of CDC collaboration.
»Forming a Real Estate Working Group as part of the Community Development Innovation Forum.
»Collaborating with MACDC on a community development training project that led to the creation of the Mel King Institute for Community Building.
»Releasing a report on the financial health of the Massachusetts CDC Sector in partnership with the Nonprofit Finance Fund, MACDC, New Sector Alliance and The Boston Foundation.
»Partnering with Nonprofit Finance Fund, The Boston Foundation, The Hyams Foundation and the United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley on the Catalyst Fund for Nonprofits.