The Multifaceted Mission of LISC

The Multifaceted Mission of LISC

Local Initiatives Support Corporation, or LISC, is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to revitalizing distressed communities and fostering economic opportunity. Since its founding in 1979, LISC has invested some $30 billion to catalyze community development across the United States.

Leading LISC is Michael T. Pugh, who became the President and CEO in October of 2023. Pugh brings over 30 years of banking experience focused on expanding access to capital in underserved communities. Prior to LISC, he spent over a decade as CEO of Carver Federal Savings Bank, a major African American-operated bank in Harlem.

Putting People First: Leadership Lessons from Father Edward “Monk” Malloy

Putting People First: Leadership Lessons from Father Edward “Monk” Malloy

Father Edward “Monk” Malloy, President Emeritus of the University of Notre Dame, emphasizes the importance of prioritizing people in leadership roles. He highlights the necessity of supporting academic freedom while maintaining campus safety, the success of effective fundraising and strategic investments in growing Notre Dame’s endowment, and the critical role of clear and inclusive communication. His leadership philosophy, shaped by his global experiences and dedication to serving the broader community, underscores that valuing and investing in people is fundamental to achieving institutional success.

The Strategic Funding of Advocacy: Insights from Experts

The Strategic Funding of Advocacy: Insights from Experts

A topic that’s gaining traction among philanthropists and changemakers alike is the strategic funding of advocacy efforts, and I’m excited to have with us today two distinguished experts to discuss it. William Foster is a managing partner at the Bridgespan Group and co-author of Betting on the Tortoise: Policy Incrementalism and How Philanthropy’s Support Can Turn Small Sustained Steps into Big Impact. His research provides a deep dive into how major policy victories are often not the result of sudden leaps, but rather the culmination of strategic incremental efforts backed by steadfast philanthropic support. And joining him is Deborah Bielak, a partner in the Bridgespan San Francisco office. She is the co-author of Using All the Tools in the Toolkit: Funding Advocacy for Social Change. It highlights the diverse strategies philanthropists can employ to drive policy and political changes that resonate with their objectives.

Bridging Technology and Humanity: An Insightful Conversation with Vilas Dhar

Bridging Technology and Humanity: An Insightful Conversation with Vilas Dhar

Vilas Dhar, President and Trustee of the Patrick J. McGovern Foundation, emphasizes the importance of integrating technology and philanthropy to address global challenges through AI. He highlights the foundation’s mission to empower communities and nonprofits by providing them with the necessary technological tools and expertise. Dhar underscores the critical role of nonprofits in utilizing AI for social good and the need to ensure ethical use and equitable distribution of AI’s benefits. He advocates for a shift from viewing technology as something done to or for people to something done by people, fostering a collaborative approach to creating a better future.

The Kresge Foundation: A Century of Evolution and Impact

The Kresge Foundation: A Century of Evolution and Impact

The Kresge Foundation celebrates its centennial under the leadership of CEO Rip Rapson, reflecting on a transformative journey from traditional philanthropy to a strategic, values-driven approach. Under Rapson’s guidance, the foundation has evolved to support complex, community-focused initiatives and social investments, particularly in urban revitalization and racial equity. As it marks a century of impact, Kresge is poised to continue addressing contemporary challenges, emphasizing innovative, inclusive strategies that engage communities and foster long-term sustainability.