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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PathStone’s Long History Serving Puerto Rico

PathStone’s Long History Serving Puerto Rico

PathStone Corporation (PathStone) began full-time operations in Puerto Rico soon after Hurricane Georges came ashore in 1998. PathStone’s entry into Puerto Rico was a long wished for dream on the part of the Board of Directors which for many years wanted the organization to offer assistance to farmworkers on the Island. PathStone’s board had, from the beginning of the organization’s founding in 1966, included significant […]

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2017 CDFI Fund Program Awards Announced

2017 CDFI Fund Program Awards Announced

Today the CDFI Fund announced $208.7 in CDFI Fund Program Awards, including: $171.1 million in Financial Assistance and Technical Assistance to 265 organizations in 46 states and the District of Columbia; $22 million to 13 CDFIs through the Healthy Food Financing Initiative Financial Assistance awards (HFFI-FA); and $15.6 million in FY 2017 NACA Program Financial Assistance and Technical Assistance to 38 organizations in 21 states. […]

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Dakotas America Hosts Rural Finance Gathering

Federal community development funding, as measured as a share of GDP, has declined by 75 percent over the least 40 years. Federal policy has increasing relied on private-sector resources to fill the gap. Through the NMTC and CDFI programs, community development organizations are filling the yawning credit gap encountered in many communities, creating jobs improving housing and community facilities and creating economic opportunity. This is […]

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The President’s Budget Delivers a Devastating Blow to Economic Development

The President’s Budget Delivers a Devastating Blow to Economic Development

President Trump released his Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 budget today entitled, “America First: A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again.” The plan, as was reported a few weeks ago, makes deep cuts or eliminates many programs serving economically distressed rural communities and urban neighborhoods.  The proposal would all but eliminate Treasury’s Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Fund, cutting $210 million and eliminating support for […]

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Has your organization signed the CDFI Fund Appropriations letter?

As you know, the CDFI Fund appropriations are in need of strong congressional support for both Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 and 2018. Reports on the Trump Administration’s “skinny budget” would “all, but eliminate” the CDFI Fund. While nothing is confirmed, the CDFI Coalition is working to demonstrate the importance of these programs to communities nationwide. With that in mind, we are asking organizations, businesses and […]

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2017 CDFI Institute Wrap-Up and Appropriations Update

Last week, the 23rd Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Institute was held in our nation’s capital. The event, hosted by the CDFI Coalition, drew nearly 200 attendees, including community development stakeholders from around the nation. Congressman French Hill (R-AR), CDFI Fund Director Annie Donovan, Senior Treasury Department staff and panels of CDFI experts participated in the Institute. CDFI Fund Director Annie Donovan gave remarks at […]

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Community Development Organizations Express Concern about Reported Elimination of Treasury’s CDFI Fund

The CDFI Coalition, a broad group of more than one-hundred community development lenders and investors serving America’s low-income communities, expressed concern today about the soon to be released “skinny” budget from President Trump. The New York Times reported that the President’s plans would “all but eliminate” the Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Fund. “We were disappointed to read these press reports, and we hope they are […]

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Congratulations to the 12 CDFI COALITION MEMBERS who won $41,650,000!

Post authored by Linda Davenport. On September 21, The Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Fund announced its award of $91.5 million in Capital Magnet Fund grants to 32 organizations for the development of affordable housing and other community service facilities. A total of 23 CDFIs and 9 nonprofit housing organizations were given awards. Of the 23 CDFI awardees, 12 are members of the CDFI Coalition. CDFIS […]

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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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