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The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida

Collaborative grantmaking enabled The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida to help bring the Local Initiative Support Corporation (LISC), a national community development organization, to Jacksonville. In part through the foundation’s continuing support ($50,000 per year for the past 12 years), LISC Jacksonville has built and renovated over 200 homes in low-income communities and is now embarking on a pilot economic development strategy, EPIC (Empower People & Inspire Change) Communities. The program takes a comprehensive approach to economic development, emphasizing, among other goals, family income and wealth as a key priority. The foundation also co-sponsored a Community Wealth Building Roundtable in A New ANchor MissioN| 43March 2014, which brought together city leaders, community members, anchor institution leaders, and business officials with representatives from groups across the nation developing community wealth building strategies.

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