Greater Kansas City Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC)
600 Broadway, Suite 280
Kansas City MO 64105
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 753-0055
Mission Statement
LISC equips struggling communities with the capital, strategy and know-how to become places where people thrive. 
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Stephen Samuels
Board Chair Mr. Kevin Harris
Board Chair Company Affiliation Fiserv, Inc.
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1981
Financial Summary
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Mission Statement
LISC equips struggling communities with the capital, strategy and know-how to become places where people thrive. 
Background Statement
When the Ford Foundation first conceived of the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) in 1979, it envisioned the need to fill a critical gap in the model to rebuild struggling communities, one that could be filled by a smart and savvy non-profit that would connect hard-to-tap public and private resources with hard-to-reach, disinvested neighborhoods. The model is centered around partnership: government, foundations and for-profit companies have the capital; residents and local agencies understand the need; and LISC bridges the gap by offering the relationships and expertise to help community organizations attract the resources that allow them to do their best work and move down a path toward sustainable revitalization. For more than 35 years, this model has helped us make progress toward our mission.
The LISC network is comprised of 31 local offices touching nearly 1,400 counties. Within each of these local areas, we work with a vast network of community-based partner organizations to make investments in housing, businesses, jobs, education, safety and health – the five key factors that must be sustained for neighborhoods to become places of opportunity where people can thrive.
LISC opened a Kansas City office in 1990 and then established a program in Kansas City, Kansas in 1997. Today Greater Kansas City LISC serves more than 79,000 residents in over 100 square miles of Kansas City metro area neighborhoods. We help make neighborhoods stronger.
Impact Statement
Convener, Investor, Thought-leader. 
2016 was an exceptionally impactful year for Greater Kansas City LISC. $4.8 million in loans helped spark over $88 million in total planned construction. Nearly $806,000 in grants helped support 14 organizations and projects aimed at revitalizing distressed communities. Here are a few highlights:
  • In May 2016, five NeighborhoodsNOW communities shared their Quality of Life plans with city government stakeholders, foundations, neighborhood groups and investors. This convening led to a collective increased understanding of systemic barriers to healthy neighborhoods. 
  • A successful launch of the Kansas City Catalytic Urban Redevelopment (KC-CUR) Initiative, to build capacity east of Troost for large-scale revitalization and the necessary capital resources to make it happen.
  • Expansion of the local Financial Opportunity Center Network to its fourth site at Community Services League in Eastern Jackson County, providing resources to help hundreds of local families improve their long-term financial outlook.
  • Deployment of a $4 million Catalytic Urban Predevelopment Fund, made possible by a substantial grant from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, to spur urban development in LISC’s focus areas and throughout low-income areas of Kansas City, Missouri and Kansas City, Kansas. As of July 2017, the Predevelopment Fund has deployed $1,250,833 into eight projects, helping to realize $84.2 million in total construction. 
  • A $250,000 grant in partnership with the Kansas City Chiefs to renovate University Academy's football stadium, providing the community with a safe new recreational space.
  • As a though-leader in urban development and cross-sector partnerships, LISC convened over 800 participants through Urban Developers Exchange events, Community Development Workshops, and Kansas and Missouri Policy Network meetings. 
Needs Statement
Research from The Brookings Institution suggests there are 5 factors that inhibit quality of life & create a cycle of poverty in struggling neighborhoods: reduced private-sector investment, hindered wealth-building within neighborhoods, loss of coordination in local government, limited educational opportunity, & increased crime rates and poor health.
LISC strives to improve what we have established as 5 goals of a sustainable community: investing in affordable housing, increasing family income and wealth, stimulating economic development, improving access to quality education, and supporting healthy & safe environments.
A recent study of NeighborhoodsNOW residents verified that each of the five neighborhoods served has a majority of households earning below the LMI threshold of $36,656 in KCMO and $30,999 in KCK. In addition, the individuals and families living in our three focus areas: Historic Northeast, Troost/Prospect Cooridor and Downtown KCK all fall within what the Federal Government defines as "severely distressed," which is determined by three factors: at least 60% below AMI, more than 30% living at or below the poverty line, and unemployment at or above 1.5x the national rate.
Service Categories
Community & Neighbourhood Development
Urban & Community Economic Development
Nonprofit Management
Areas of Service
MO - Jackson County
MO - Clay County
MO - Platte County
KS - Wyandotte County
MO - Eastern Jackson Co
MO - Jackson County Urban Core
KS - Wyandotte County Urban Core
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement

Recently, my 14-year-old daughter tested my knowledge of today's popular music. After I failed to recognize four or five songs and artists, with exasperation, she asked, "Who do you know?" Proudly, I announced that my favorites included The Jackson 5, Whitney Houston, and Prince. She interrupted, "Old school! Daddy, you are old school."

My daughter’s observation highlights why I believe LISC continues to resonate with hundreds of thousands throughout America. For nearly 40 years, we have been catalyzing opportunity in urban and rural communities across our beloved country. From Buffalo to San Diego, and many locations in between, we have more than 30 offices and 700 team members living, raising families and working side by side with leaders and residents. Instead of intervening from afar in the stories of the places and people we seek to serve, we are a part of the fabric of our communities.

Our experience demonstrates that the most potent agents of opportunity exist where people live: local schools and teachers, mentors, businesses and owners, housing, health facilities and providers, law enforcement, sports teams and coaches, faith institutions and leaders, etc. With residents and more than 2,000 partners we’ve invested more than $17 billion and provided thousands of hours of coaching, technical assistance and consulting services. The $1.3 billion that we provided last year represents our largest single-year investment on record.

We create affordable housing, more than 365,000 units to date. We support vital community facilities, more than 61 million square feet of space. We collaborate with residents and police to reduce crime around hot spots, sometimes by more than 40 percent. We’ve completed hundreds of health and recreation projects, financed grocery stores in food deserts, constructed health centers in tough neighborhoods, developed football fields and basketball courts in places where these assets are scarce. We’ve helped thousands find and keep employment, improve their net incomes, increase their net worth and enhance their credit scores.

I’m not sure whether my daughter was complimenting me when she called me “old school,” but I am interpreting it that way. And after six months at LISC, my faith in old school innovation has only been strengthened. The work we do, the way we do it and our enduring commitment to improving the lives of those with whom we work produces impressive results.

Maurice Jones
LISC National President & CEO


NeighborhoodsNOW Accelerated: LISC provides comprehensive community development funding and leadership to six neighborhoods in KCMO and KCK. Over the next three years LISC will spur development and improve quality of life in the communities we serve, shifting focus from planning to implementation, with LISC providing neighborhoods technical assistance and a customized roadmap of support. LISC will secure early buy-in from local governments and bring partners to leverage financial and intellectual resources, achieving a collective impact approach. Where in the past the program’s main success was sustaining neighborhood organizations, we will move toward investing in shared strategies around neighborhood boundaries, partnering with other initiatives. We will explore new ways of measuring qualitative impacts through residents’ perceptions.

Program Budget $15,850,000.00
Category Community Development, General/Other Neighborhood Revitalization
Population Served At-Risk Populations, At-Risk Populations, Families
Short-Term Success
Impact will be made in the areas of housing, economic development, the physical environment, community facilities and citizen engagement. Target short-term outcomes include:
  • An increased availability of high-quality housing choices. As the recent economic downtown has significantly hurt the housing market, our efforts have shifted more toward minor home repair and weatherization instead of new home construction.
  • Residents have improved jobs skills and access to living wage jobs.
  • Residents benefit from access to new commercial/retail enterprises.
  • Increased availability of high-quality early childhood and/or K-12 education opportunities.
  • Teachers are trained in service-learning and students are involved in physical projects within their communities.
  • Neighborhoods are more visually and socially appealing.
  • Neighborhood crime is reduced and the reality and perception of safety is increased.
  • Residents have an increased sense of community connection and trust, and actively interact and participate in neighborhood activities.
Long-Term Success Our vision is that the targeted urban-core neighborhoods participating in NeighborhoodsNOW will become sustainable communities - clean and safe neighborhoods where engaged citizens have an enhanced quality of life due to better access to jobs, child care, health care, education, green space, transportation, social services and affordable housing.
Program Success Monitored By Each neighborhood’s Quality of Life Plan identifies priorities, target outcomes and corresponding action steps. A Request for Proposals (RFP) is distributed annually to Lead Agencies, for-profit developers and/or other entities so they may submit proposals to accomplish the items outlined in the Quality of Life Plans.  Grants to lead agencies and others are tied to the Action Plans and outcomes are expected. On a quarterly basis, the grant recipient (Lead Agency) reports to Greater Kansas City LISC on the outcomes in the Action Plans. Greater Kansas City LISC, in partnership with UMKC’s Center for Economic Information, collects, tracks, and maps neighborhood data in housing, economic development and social health to accurately measure the quality of life in neighborhoods and provide trend analysis in order to track change. Trends are  tracked against the specific goals identified in the Quality of Life Plans for each. and reported every three years.
Examples of Program Success
It takes many small steps to revitalize a neighborhood into a sustainable community. In our six NeighborhoodsNOW communities significant progress was made.  Local charitable contribution helped build and sell 52 new homes, open 21 new businesses, create 343 new permanent jobs, purchase 262 vacant lots for redevelopment, and enable a successful summer reading program to serve 2500 low-income students. It also helped high school students learn about the historical significance of the neighborhood – and its residents – which surrounds their school and another 16 youth development programs were launched  serving over 1,100 urban youth. Thank you! 
Additional examples of success for each of the five program goals may be found under those respective program descriptions. 

The Financial Opportunity Center (FOC) Network, an initiative of LISC and United Way of Greater Kansas City, utilizes a national client-centric model to help families achieve their financial goals through improvements in long-term job retention, net income, credit score and net worth. The model is based on the Center for Working Families concept developed by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Since 2004, LISC has launched 80 neighborhood-based sites in 30 cities across the U.S. by partnering with established and trusted local organizations that customize services to residents’ needs. Since launching the program locally in 2013, LISC has opened three FOCs with partner agencies: the Prosperity Center at Rockhurst University with Full Employment Council and Catholic Charities of Kansas City-St. Joseph; Women’s Employment Network; and most recently, Guadalupe Centers, Inc.

Program Budget $8,000,000.00
Category Community Development, General/Other Community Economic Development
Population Served Adults, ,
Short-Term Success One-stop centers have been a staple of the publicly-funded workforce system for years, offering a variety of services and allowing individuals to choose for themselves. FOCs take the one-stop concept a step further. Based on evidence that clients who receive more than one service are more likely to achieve economic outcomes, services are deliberately bundled so that so that the majority of clients benefit from multiple resources and are more likely to be successful.
Long-Term Success

Locally, LISC anticipate that 375 individuals will receive at least two of the three local FOC core coaching services (employment services, financial coaching and public benefits access) each year at our three existing sites. Of these individuals, at least 25 percent will improve their credit score, and 60 percent will complete a combined financial assessment, which includes a budget, balance sheet, credit report and clients' goals. In addition to these projections, sites will measure other key financial indicators for each client including net income increase, net worth increase, job placement, job retention and public benefits approval. The FOC steering committee, comprised of professionals in personal finance, education and nonprofit leadership, will evaluate program outcomes and provide feedback to LISC and FOC community-based partners.

Program Success Monitored By A data tracking system, Efforts to Outcomes (ETO), measures the types and quantity of services a client receives, and how successful a client is in achieving economic stability outcomes such as employment tenure and credit score improvements. Since many economic stability outcomes are achieved over time, FOCs encourage long-term client relationships so that data tracking follows service provision over a period of years, helping clients measure progress toward their goals.
Examples of Program Success

In our first year supporting FOCs in the Kansas City area, clients’ median monthly income was $980, which equals an annual income of $11,760. This falls significantly below Kansas City's median household income of $45,150. In addition, participants reported median monthly expenses of $1,106, which calculates to an average annual budget deficit of $1,512. The median FICO score of participants is below 600.

FOCs provide career and personal financial services that focus on changing financial behaviors in a way that encourages clients to make a long-term commitment to increasing income, decreasing expenses and acquiring assets. FOCs provide services across three areas: employment placement and career improvement; financial education and coaching; and public benefits access. These core services are integrated in order to reinforce one another and to provide a multi-faceted approach to income and wealth building.

LISC provides loans and lines of credit, grants, recoverable grants and equity investments to help real estate developers, social service agencies and other community partners revitalize our neighborhoods. Since 1981, LISC has approved over $116 million in loans and equity investments in the Kansas City area and over $24 million in grants. Projects typically include for-sale and rental housing; community facilities such as child care centers, schools, health care facilities, and playing fields; and economic development projects for retail and commercial activity.

LISC utilizes our capital to lend to both for-profit and nonprofit organizations for projects or programs that serve a broad range of community development purposes. Although they do not take the place of traditional financial products, such as those offered by private banks, they cover the higher-risk portion of projects that most lenders are unable to finance due to their underwriting thresholds. Sometimes LISC funds are used to complement a bank commitment by taking a secondary or tertiary position.

Category Community Development, General/Other Community Economic Development
Population Served Adults, ,
Short-Term Success
Over the next three years, LISC will increase loan support to real estate development, business growth and critical programs by $1.5 annually. LISC’s real estate loans help developers pay for major predevelopment, environmental testing and architectural work, acquisition of property and construction expenses. LISC also is able to finance longer term mini-permanent loans (up to 7 years), and recently began to offer permanent 30 year loans. LISC loan products can range from $50,000 to over $5 million. While most LISC loans are real estate related, LISC has made over $11 million in bridge loans over the past three years to support operations and payroll of non-profits that rely on government reimbursement for summer school reading programs in low income areas.
Long-Term Success

LISC is convening stakeholders around numerous urban-core development initiatives to create collaborative solutions and leverage national resources. LISC will bring national expertise to address local healthy food financing, charter school financing and small business loan products to benefit development of commercial corridors and foster a more entrepreneurial environment. LISC will provide additional national resources to support a patient capital fund for catalytic urban redevelopment, and build partnerships with banks and foundations to cultivate public/private funding pools to support local initiatives.

Program Success Monitored By Greater Kansas City LISC employs a Senior Program Officer for Lending and Capital Management, who is responsible for working with local nonprofits and businesses to explore opportunities to use LISC's capital, and manage loans throughout the region. 
Examples of Program Success

The Mary Kelly Center is located in the heart of the Town Fork Creek neighborhood, and serves both Town Fork Creek and Blue Hills residents. The facility includes a computer lab, cafe, conference room, regulation size gym, fitness room, state of the art dance studio, the Charlie Parker Foundation and the Upper Room catering service and GED program.

Predevelopment and construction of this vibrant neighborhood asset were made possible through LISC loan support, including a $420,000 predevelopment loan, and $500,000 to bridge multi-year gifts from the center’s capital campaign.


For the past decade, the Kansas City region has found it difficult to assemble the capacity and financing for large-scale urban redevelopment in historically disinvested areas of the city. Largely due to lingering effects of the economic downturn on real estate values, decreasing federal resources, an economically and often racially stratified population, and a more conservative regulatory lending environment, the capacity of nonprofit community development corporations and the ability to assemble the necessary resources has been limited. LISC is pursuing the opportunity to scale up catalytic urban redevelopment in Kansas City, in partnership with the Urban Neighborhood Initiative, Mid-America Regional Council and the City of Kansas City. 

Category Community Development, General/Other Community Renewal
Population Served Adults, ,
Short-Term Success

In December, Greater Kansas City LISC in partnership with the UNI, Mid-America Regional Council (MARC), the City of Kansas City, Missouri, the Kansas City District Council of the Urban Land Institute and the KC Chapter of the American Institute of Architects hosted an event to bring together over 100 leaders from across the public, private and non-profit sectors to share our intent to build sufficient local capacity for such large-scale redevelopment to occur. A scope of work has been developed to engage one or more qualified consultants to research the existing neighborhood plans and develop a business case for how to implement such a strategy and how to best assemble the necessary resources. Now a priority of Mayor James’ office, Greater Kansas City LISC will serve as the fiscal agent for this initiative.

Long-Term Success

In LISC’s NeighborhoodsNOW focus areas, there are two particularly salient opportunities to lead a refreshed effort for development of a large-scale that includes mixed-use, mixed-income housing and commercial revitalization complemented by new infrastructure, public space, crime reduction, and active programming. Such a coordinated vision would not only direct the investments and energy of the lead agencies, it would also promote ancillary involvement from private developers and financiers. The political will attached to such an implementation strategy produces a tool box that anyone can access who is revitalizing in tandem with the vision. It streamlines processes and reduces bottlenecks, thereby saving money and minimizing those financial gaps usually associated with real estate development in low income neighborhoods.

Program Success Monitored By Greater Kansas City LISC and its strategic partners in this initiative are working together to raise necessary capital to support this effort and oversee its progress. LISC’s involvement in 31 cities across the nation produces an immense amount of collective research and expertise in locally-driven community development. Many of the best case studies emanate from the cities which have tied the importance of targeted urban revitalization to broad civic agendas, and then coalesced the necessary resources to implement that plan. They are bold visions with strong partnerships fueled by sufficient capital and political will.
Examples of Program Success

Over the Rhine (OTR), Cincinnati’s most historic neighborhood, had become one of the most economically distressed areas in the country by the early 2000s, with a poverty rate of 58% and a median household income of less than $10,000 a year. OTR was repeatedly ranked as one of the country’s most dangerous neighborhoods, contributing to destabilization of the surrounding communities, and threatening economic growth in Cincinnati.

In 2003, the City of Cincinnati and corporate leaders made a commitment to jumpstart economic development in OTR. A public-private development entity was established, which invested $27 million to land bank more than 300 vacant buildings and lots. Over the next 10 years, two more private equity funds were created, increasing investment and development in OTR.

The results are now a national case study in neighborhood revitalization, with flourishing commercial retail; a new park and public spaces; housing, street and utility improvements and safety programs.


LISC’s strategy to build sustainable communities through a holistic quality of life approach would be incomplete without consideration of the decisions made by lawmakers in city halls, state capitals and Washington, D.C. Distressed neighborhoods need innovative public policies to help them rebuild and become healthier places to live, work and raise a family. Our public policy and advocacy initiatives mobilize political support for affordable housing, safe and healthy neighborhoods, small business innovation and equitable opportunity for all residents.

In order to shape meaningful and inclusive policy, LISC established Northwest Missouri and Kansas Policy Networks to foster cross-sector collaboration among diverse stakeholders. Since 2006, the Policy Networks have coordinated around mutual priorities, identified barriers to community development and pursued local, state and regional policy solutions that promote healthy, sustainable communities. Our collaboration has led to the passage of 18 pieces of legislation in both Kansas and Missouri and over $3 million in state and federal funding to support community organizing, neighborhood safety, workforce and economic development initiatives.
Category Community Development, General/Other Community Development, General/Other
Population Served General/Unspecified, ,
Short-Term Success

In 2015-2017, Greater Kansas City LISC will capitalize on our strength as an advocate for healthy, sustainable communities and continue to enhance past policy achievements, such as the land bank and healthy food access. Our initiatives will focus on strengthening investments in physical redevelopment, improving lives of low-moderate income residents, building pride in neighborhoods and developing resident capacity for self-advocacy. The two Policy Networks will continue to meet quarterly to identify common agendas and advocate on each other’s behalf. LISC’s policy consultants, bring state and national expertise to the local environment to guide LISC’s activities and build capacity to ultimately be successful in revitalizing our target neighborhoods.

Long-Term Success

LISC’s locally driven and partnership-based approach attracts support from both ends of the political spectrum, as well as allies from the business community, education, health and environmental sectors. A 2014 assessment of our policy work revealed that our proactive policy outreach is widely recognized by constituencies in both Kansas and Missouri. Our community partners affirmed the value that LISC offers as a convener, advocate, coalition builder, thought leader, educator and conservator around issues as varied as housing, urban food systems, land use and community policing. LISC is considered by many to be the bi-state region’s trusted advisor on community development policy, and the leading neighborhood advocate voice resonating in both state capitals and city halls.

Program Success Monitored By

Our policy work will continue to support and enhance the work Greater Kansas City LISC is doing across our other programs by addressing institutional barriers which negatively impact the quality of life of residents, impede development in the urban core or prevent small businesses from being successful. LISC staff collaborates with KCMO and KCK officials to align with the cities’ priorities and find mutual goals to pursue. Our efforts build resources and tools to benefit the NeighborhoodsNOW communities, and protect and promote equitable choices for all residents.

Examples of Program Success

LISC developed its Health Advocacy Initiative in 2010 to intentionally address multi-sector policy priorities to improve neighborhood health through the built environment. As noted in the history section below, LISC has achieved significant accomplishments in a short time and this success, particularly around health policy, and has garnered positive attention and motivated several local health-focused organizations to seek out LISC for technical assistance. Thanks to Health Care Foundation funding, leveraged with additional dollars – local and national, private and public – LISC has helped to reduce policy barriers that hinder the health of individuals and the neighborhoods in which they reside. However, legislation and systems change is a process that can take years, and much more remains to be done in order to achieve health equity and truly sustainable communities.

Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Mr. Stephen Samuels
Term Start Sept 2013

Stephen Samuels is an urban planner and business development professional, and has been Executive Director of Greater Kansas City LISC since October 2013. Under his leadership, LISC is accelerating its NeighborhoodsNOW program, expanding its Financial Opportunity Center Network, and developing an implementation strategy for large-scale catalytic urban redevelopment east of Troost. Stephen spent the first 15 years of his career in consumer marketing, mostly on the west coast. Prior to LISC, he was the Director of Business Development for the Economics Center at the University of Cincinnati and founder and president of Bridging Broadway, a nonprofit supported by LISC to assist the City of Cincinnati in maximizing the new Horseshoe Casino’s effect on the downtown area. Stephen’s organization led the planning and community engagement which helped to guide over $25 million of public infrastructure investment and the on-going management and programming strategies for the five-neighborhood area. Stephen is currently an Advisory Board Member for the Kansas Health Foundation’s Community Engagement Initiative and serves on the Prosperity Committee of the Urban Neighborhood Initiative,. He received his degrees in urban planning and business real estate from the University of Cincinnati.

Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start 0
Compensation Last Year
Former CEOs
Ms. Julie Porter June 2007 - Aug 2013
James M White Jan 1981 - May 2004
Senior Staff
Title Senior Program Officer for Community Development & Lending
Title Senior Program Officer
Paid Full-Time Staff 8
Paid Part-Time Staff 0
Volunteers 0
Paid Contractors 0
Retention Rate 71%
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Yes
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Yes
Management Succession Plan Yes
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
KC-CUR: A partnership with LISC, City of KCMO, UNI, & MARC, the Kansas City Catalytic Urban Redevelopment initiative is one of KCMO's primary strategies for redevelopment in the UNI.
FOC: A partnership with United Way of Greater Kansas City, sites include Prosperity Center, Women's Employment Network, Guadalupe Centers, and Community Services League.
Catalytic Predevelopment Fund: LISC partnered with City of KCMO, Kauffman Foundation, Hall Family, and Unified Government of Wyandotte County to create a $4mm flexible, patient capital loan fund to spur development in low-to moderate-income areas in KCMO & KCK.
Choice Neighborhoods: LISC identified Mattie Rhodes as the Lead Agency for Paseo Gateway community engagement. This will strengthen neighborhood engagement and ownership of the Paseo Gateway Transformation Plan even after the Choice grant ends.
Northeast Alliance Together (NEAT): LISC and the City of KCMO began a partnership with Mattie Rhodes to fund NEAT and created a revitalization strategy for the Historic Northeast.
Kansas City No Violence Alliance (KC NoVA): Through partnership with neighborhood leaders, law enforcement, City of KCMO, and other non-profits focused on violence prevention, LISC provides technical assistance and a national model for healthy, safe neighborhoods.
Neighborhood Builders Leadership AwardBank of America2015
1st Place Philly Award - Brand IdentityNonprofit Connect2009
President's AwardNational LISC2003
Reach Award for Outcomes FocusEwing Marion Kauffman Foundation2002
Funder of the YearCity Vision Ministries2002
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? No
CEO Comments
Greater Kansas City LISC is governed by a board of directors that is active in the community, knowledgeable about LISC, and committed to community development. In 2006, the board underwent significant change, moving from a hardworking grant focused board, to a board engaged in policy, advocacy and fund development. LISC has become better known in the community, carries more clout and has new opportunities to raise funds and influence decision making across sectors. As a result of our change of program focus to NeighborhoodsNOW, the LISC staff also changed significantly, dramatically increasing capacity in development, lending, fund development and communications. Staff is diverse, motivated and efficient. Senior staff members are individually well known as leaders in their respective fields.
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Kevin Harris
Company Affiliation Fiserv, Inc.
Term Jan 2016 to Dec 2017
Board Members
Mr. Mike Barr J.E. Dunn Construction
Mr. Joe Connor Unified Government of Wyandotte County
Mr. Tom Eatman Greenleaf Construction
Mr. Brian File KCP&L
Ms. Cydney Gurgens UMB
Mr. Paul Gutierrez City of Kansas City, MO
Mr. Kevin Harris Advent Financial
Mr. Joe Hiersteiner Seigfreid Bingham P.C.
Mr. Eric Ireland Commerce Bank
Mr. Adam LaBoda Spencer Fane Britt & Brown LLP
Mr. Clyde McQueen Full Employment Council
Ms. Marlene Nagel Mid-America Regional Council
Ms. Christine Pierson UMB Bank, n.a.
Mr. Brad Scott U.S. Bank
Mr. Doug Stone Husch Blackwell
Ms. Patrice Townsend Kansas City Board of Public Utilities
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 4
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 11
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 12
Female 4
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 64%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 65%
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 6
Standing Committees
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Program / Program Planning
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2017
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2017
Projected Revenue $2,841,131
Projected Expenses $2,691,718
Form 990s
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2015, 2014, 2013: Financial data reported using the IRS Form 990 for LISC's national/parent organization.  
  • Foundation/corporate revenue line item may include contributions from individuals. 
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201520142013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$39,679,355$47,087,329$39,989,066
Individual Contributions------
Investment Income, Net of Losses$1,009,058$316,813$1,328,846
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$0$0$0
Revenue In-Kind$15,294$0$0
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$101,084,445$101,879,962$101,544,160
Administration Expense$14,033,572$15,309,208$13,503,580
Fundraising Expense$6,365,750$6,150,603$6,678,205
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.131.101.16
Program Expense/Total Expenses83%83%83%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue7%6%6%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$532,851,753$487,398,511$446,094,574
Current Assets$202,342,350$193,620,361$176,816,118
Long-Term Liabilities$223,180,835$197,504,744$171,423,852
Current Liabilities$49,322,778$44,270,195$41,255,037
Total Net Assets$260,348,140$245,623,572$233,415,685
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities4.104.374.29
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets42%41%38%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years No
Organization Name Greater Kansas City Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC)
Address 600 Broadway, Suite 280
Kansas City, MO 64105
Primary Phone (816) 753-0055
Contact Email
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Stephen Samuels
Board Chair Mr. Kevin Harris
Board Chair Company Affiliation Fiserv, Inc.
Year of Incorporation 1981