The Unified Voice of CDFIs

About the Coalition

History and Mission

Formed in 1992 as an ad-hoc policy development and advocacy initiative, the Coalition of Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI Coalition) is the lead national organization in the United States promoting the work of community development financial institutions (CDFIs). Through its member organizations, the Coalition represents CDFIs working in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. This national network of CDFIs includes community development loan funds, […]

About CDFIs

While the term “community development financial institutions” or “CDFI” is relatively new, the concept itself is part of a rich history of self-help credit. From the immigrant guilds of New York City’s Lower East Side and the Prairie Populists of the late 1800s, to African-American communities forming the first community development credit unions in the 1930s, communities have sought self-help credit solutions because traditional financial institutions have ignored or abandoned them.

CDFI Coalition Institute

The CDFI Coalition held its 2016 Institute on March 9-10, 2016 at the Washington Plaza Hotel, located at 10 Thomas Circle NW in Washington, D.C. The event drew more than 150 attendees from around the country. The agenda included speakers and topics of interest and importance to the CDFI Industry, including the opening keynote by CDFI Fund Director Annie Donovan and a luncheon keynote from Senator […]

Latest Posts

Connecting with Local CDFIs: Coalition Chair Visits Native CDFIs

By James R. Klein, CDFI Coalition Chair “Not knowing when the dawn will come I open every door.” ― Emily Dickinson Dickinson’s quote points out a fairly well known principle that is oft forgotten, or at least overlooked. We miss a lot of good things by not attempting to do them. As Chair of the CDFI Coalition Board, I’ve taken this little life lesson to […]

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Urban Waters National Training Workshop

The EPA is holding a workshop on its Urban Waters Small Grants Program, which may be of interest to CDFIs interested in helping underserved communities improve their urban waters in ways that create a community and economic benefit. Eligible applicants include States, local governments, Indian Tribes, public and private universities and colleges, public or private nonprofit institutions/organizations, intertribal consortia, and interstate agencies. The event will […]

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Chairman’s Letter to the Membership

As we begin to stretch into 2016, I have recovered from its newness and have begun to process and project where we’ve been and where we can go. I was pleased and encouraged by this year’s CDFI Institute’s focus on “Planning the Future of CDFIs”.  The sessions were a great conversation on the past and future of the industry and presented pragmatic insight that challenged […]

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Success Stories

For over 20 years, CDFIs have been making financial services accessible to underserved communities and populations across the country. Among their many achievements, CDFIs have financed improved access to affordable housing, critical community facilities, and schools. They have financed small and growing businesses. Through their efforts, millions of dollars have been leveraged for investment in communities often left out of the economic mainstream, creating jobs and opportunities. Below are some of their stories.