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Local Initiatives Support Corporation
Quarterly E-Newsletter: Fall  2011
Executive Director's Message
Calendar of Events
Partnering with IMPD for Neighborhood Crime Prevention
Greening our Neighborhoods
Southeast Community Services and SEND Receive Grant from EPA
Indianapolis LISC Receives Social Innovation Fund Grant Extension for 2012
Centers for Working Families Receive Intensive "Coaching" Training
Funder Highlight: State Farm
LISC in the News
Support LISC
Calendar of Events
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 Stanley K. Lacy Leadership Participants Engage with LISC Neighborhoods


The Super Bowl Legacy Initiative has attracted major investment in the implementation of neighborhood goals. That's because it combines the grass-roots power of neighborhood groups with the civic power of Super Bowl volunteer networks. But how do we cultivate such neighborhood/civic leadership partnerships in other LISC Sustainable Communities? A recent partnership between LISC and the Stanley K. Lacy Executive Leadership Series (SKL) has created such relationships in several neighborhoods. 

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Bill Taft

Executive Director

Calendar of Events


June - December

Keep Indianapolis Beautiful 2011 Workshop Series


September - October

Non-Profit Training Center Fall 2011 Workshops


October 3

Get on Board Volunteer Event


October 6

CHIP Blueprint Celebration

Lilly Day of Service 


October 7

Urbanized Symposium at IMA


October 7 & 8

Near West Youth Summit


November 12

Johh H. Boner Center Harvest Celebration  


SAVE THE DATE - May 23-26, 2012

Neighborhoods USA (NUSA) 

sfstoryPartnering with IMPD for Neighborhood Crime Prevention 

            Crime Prevention Photo                              Supported by a crime prevention grant from the Indianapolis Parks Foundation, the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) and the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) are joining forces with community crime fighters to advance public safety in our neighborhoods. In August, LISC and IMPD convened IMPD CrimeWatch personnel and resident CrimeWatch leaders for two days of training in Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED), a multi-disciplinary approach to deterring criminal behavior through environmental design. CPTED strategies rely upon the ability to influence the decisions that precede criminal acts, and emphasize changing the social and economic environment of places, as well as their physical design, to achieve crime prevention.   Read More.

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Indianapolis LISC continues to broaden its support of using green, sustainable strategies in its approach to comprehensive community development by bringing information and learning opportunities to our community partners.


In June, LISC hosted 96 participants at the "Beyond Green Building Community Conversation" at the Julia M. Carson Government Center. Attendees heard from Julia Prange of the LISC Green Development Center, who gave a comprehensive demonstration on strategies around the United States that have brought green, environmentally-friendly   changes to low-income communities.  


 In August, LISC, in collaboration with Mapleton-Fall Creek Development Corporation (MFCDC), Raimi + Associates, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), and the United States Green Building Council (USGBC), brought national talent to Indianapolis to work with the Mapleton-Fall Creek neighborhood to transform 27 acres into a model sustainable urban neighborhood using LEED-ND principles.   Read More.

sfstorySoutheast Community Services and SEND Receive Grant from EPA

Jobs PixThe U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded Southeast Neighborhood Development (SEND) and Southeast Community Services (SECS) a $300,000 Environmental Workforce and Brownfield Training Grant. The grant will fund a two-year program to train southeast side residents for careers in environmental remediation while supporting the revitalization of brownfield sites throughout Indianapolis. "Getting jobs for our neighborhood residents is a top priority," Stewart said. "And so is improving the environment - not just in our neighborhood, but throughout Indianapolis. Winning this grant is truly a win-win."   Read More.

fountainsquare Indianapolis LISC Receives Social Innovation Fund Grant Extension for 2012

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The Corporation for National and Community Service recently announced that it will extend a second year of funding under its Social Innovation Fund to National LISC for the continued operation of Financial Opportunity Centers (FOCs) in 10 cities across the country. Indianapolis LISC will receive approximately $400,000 for its network of six sites - known locally as Centers for Working Families. Bill Taft, Executive Director of Indianapolis LISC, said "This grant essentially doubles our investment by leveraging local dollars to help sustain the network." The model "bundles" employment services, one-on-one financial coaching, and income supports to over 1,200 households per year.  

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fountainsquare Centers for Working Families Receive Intensive "Coaching" Training

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As part of an ongoing effort to strengthen the skills and capacity of frontliners in the Centers for Working Families, LISC recently sponsored six days of immersion training in coaching techniques for 30 people from the Indianapolis network. Feedback from the sessions was overwhelmingly positive, with participants stating that they felt energized and better equipped to do their work. Families who fully participate in coaching services are three to four times more likely to achieve a positive economic outcome than those who don't.   Read More.

sfstoryFunder Highlight:  State Farm 


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State Farm is a long-time supporter of Indianapolis LISC and its programs. Since 2004, State Farm has invested $1.25 million in loans and $555,468 in grants to Indianapolis LISC.   We are grateful for the continued support of our good neighbor, State Farm.  Read More.

westindy LISC in the News

Indianapolis LISC is committed to highlighting community development and neighborhood success stories. Here are a few media stories from the third quarter of 2011:


7/12/11: Indianapolis Star. Renovation project creating affordable homes breathing new life into Near Eastside.


7/19/11: Indianapolis Business Journal. Irvington scores Ossip, set for streetscape project.


7/22/11: Indianapolis Star. Green's triple bottom line -- Going green has a positive effect on three sectors: environment, economy and society. Creating something for everybody.


7/22/11: Indianapolis Business Journal. Plans proposed for once-doomed City Market west wing.


7/24/11: Indianapolis Star. Struggling neighborhoods could use some help.


8/20/11: Indianapolis Business Journal. Taft: Why mass transit should be a GOP issue.


8/24/2011: Indianapolis Star.  Struggling families can increase wealth.


9/2011: Profitwise News and Views. Leveraging opportunities to promote community reinvestment.


9/26/11: Indianapolis Business Journal. Taft: More leverage needed from Water Company sale.


9/23/11: Inside Indiana Business.  Butler to Host Urbanized Summit.

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Comprehensive community development takes people with vision: neighborhood leaders working with a quality-of-life plan to achieve their goals. Comprehensive community development also requires the financial support of individuals, foundations, and businesses who believe in the power of people to make their neighborhoods better places to live, work, visit, and raise families.

Will you help? LISC is a non-profit corporation, and your contributions to help fund better neighborhoods are always tax- deductible. To find out how you can support LISC and its programs, please contact Shawn Thomas at or visit our website at

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Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) is a national organization with local priorities committed to helping neighbors build communities. We work with the local nonprofit community development organizations to help transform distressed urban neighborhoods into healthy communities that are great places to live, work, do business, and raise families. Indianapolis LISC mobilizes corporate and philanthropic support on behalf of local neighborhoods, providing them with loans, grants and equity investments, policy support, and the technical and management assistance they need to realize their goals.