We Increase Community Developers' Abilities to Build Healthy Communities
Boston LISC sees community development organizations as the key vehicles for community development and neighborhood stabilization, and the effectiveness of these organizations as essential. As such, Boston LISC constantly seeks ways to increase the capacity of these organizations to do what they do best.
Boston LISC's Role
In addition to providing financing in the form of loans and recoverable grants for development projects, Boston LISC also strives to build capacity by offering various professional and organizational capacity-building services. These include:
» Providing capacity building grants to support CDC efforts in areas like responding to the foreclosure crisis and current strategic challenges
» Connecting CDCs to National LISC training and technical assistance opportunities, as well as opportunities provided by other relevant organizations
» Offering targeted workshops through the Mel King Institute on topics including asset management, financial planning, and non-profit management.
» Supporting CDCs in meeting their broad needs, including helping them access additional capital, technical assistance and other resources
» Backing specific tools, such as the DataCommon project, that enhance community development capacity
» Initiating and Participating in ongoing conversations about the future of the community development field to catalyze innovative thinking and growth
To help build the capacity of the community development field in general, Boston LISC also leverages National LISC federal community development policy expertise to support the field broadly.
Some of Boston LISC’s successful efforts at building community developers’ capacity include:
»Supporting the creation of the Mel King Institute, a training institute that provides community development staff with regular access to affordable, useful, and field-specific training.
»Providing training through our in-depth Project Manager Seminar to over 60 project managers over the past 9 years.
»Addressing the current economic crisis by providing targeted loans to CDCs to serve as interim sources of capital.