Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs)

Community Lots

The community land trust section of the Cambridge, MA-based Lincoln Institute for Land Institute, provides for “peer-to-peer” exchange of information on the community land trust model, its challenges and solutions. The web site also includes a resource library with papers about various community land trust issues, conference announcements, and information about industry best practices. Read more about Community Lots...

Woodstock Institute

The Chicago-based Woodstock Institute works at both the grassroots and national levels to promote community reinvestment and economic sustainability through technical assistance, education, and research in areas such as CRA, Fair Lending Policies, financial and insurance services, CDFIs, and small business lending. Read more about Woodstock Institute...

Institute for Social and Economic Development

The Institute for Social and Economic Development is a non-profit organization that seeks to alleviate poverty by providing research, consulting, and technical assistance in the development of microenterprise. Read more about Institute for Social and Economic Development...

Grameen Foundation, USA

The Grameen Foundation, USA is a non-profit organization taking its name from the micro-credit movement started in the village of Grameen, Bangladesh. It aims to eliminate poverty in the United States through the creation of micro-credit related institutions and programs. Read more about Grameen Foundation, USA...

Financial Markets Center

The Financial Markets Center is a non-profit organization that provides research, information, and analysis on the financial markets, the Federal Reserve System, and the impact of their policies. Information provided by the FM Center is available for use by the public, private, and non-profit sectors alike in an effort to increase the Federal Reserve System's level of accountability to the public. Read more about Financial Markets Center...

Accion USA

Acción USA is a nonprofit micro-lending organization that provides direct aid in the form of loans, as well as business and technical support for micro-enterprise development. Read more about Accion USA...

Wall Street Without Walls

Founded in 2003 with support from the Fannie Mae Foundation, the goal of Wall Street Without Walls is to link the worlds of community development and professional finance. The group provides financial training to community development organizations and makes many of its presentations available on its web site. Read more about Wall Street Without Walls...

Partners for the Common Good

Founded by the Christian Brothers, PCG has raised over $8 million to support a wide variety of social enterprises, CDFIs, and other community-based organizations. Read more about Partners for the Common Good...

Opportunity Finance Network

Opportunity Finance Network (formerly the National Community Capital Association) is a membership organization comprised of over 150 community development financial institutions across the United States, which collectively provide more than $4 billion in capital. The group aims to leverage private financial markets to achieve economic growth and social gains in communities traditionally denied access to mainstream financing. Read more about Opportunity Finance Network...

Network of Latino Credit Unions and Professionals

Supported by the National Federation of Community Development Credit Unions, the Network of Latino Credit Unions and Professionals was incorporated in April 2006 to provide a forum to advocate for Latino economic inclusion in the credit union movement. This work includes promotion of credit union membership, access to financial services, asset building, financial education, and professional leadership development. The group also aims to develop a network of credit union institutions to support economic development in Latino communities. Read more about Network of Latino Credit Unions and Professionals...

Capital Impact Partners (formerly NCB Capital Impact)

NCB Capital Impact  is a community development lender that supports many different types of community development, including affordable housing, food cooperatives, community facilities, and charter schools. Read more about Capital Impact Partners (formerly NCB Capital Impact)...

National Housing Trust

The National Housing Trust (NHT) was founded in 1986 to create policies and practices that further the preservation of affordable apartments. Over the past 10 years, NHT has helped preserve nearly 12,000 HUD insured apartments, utilizing over $750 million in financing. Through a joint venture with Enterprise Community Partners, NHT/Enterprise, the Trust has also directly purchased, renovated and kept affordable properties in Illinois, Texas, Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia and Washington D.C. Read more about National Housing Trust...

National Federation of Community Development Credit Unions

The National Federation of Community Development Credit Unions serves as an advocacy organization on behalf of CDCUs. Through outreach and training, NFCDCU actively promotes the advancement of community development credit unions throughout the nation. Read more about National Federation of Community Development Credit Unions...

National Community Reinvestment Coalition

The National Community Reinvestment Coalition is a membership organization that promotes community reinvestment and the necessary public and financial support to increase capital flow to under-served areas. Members participate in workshops, lectures, conferences, and a variety of outreach activities designed to realize these objectives. Read more about National Community Reinvestment Coalition...

National Community Investment Fund

The National Community Investment Fund, created in 1996, acts as a financial intermediary helping channel bank investments into community development financial institutions. It is currently the third largest private investor in CDFIs after Fannie Mae and the Ford Foundation, with total assets of $23 million. Read more about National Community Investment Fund...

FIELD - Microenterprise Fund for Innovation, Enterprise, Learning and Dissemination

Through its FIELD program, the Aspen Institute facilitates the development of microenterprise in order to generate income and employment in disadvantaged communities. Read more about FIELD - Microenterprise Fund for Innovation, Enterprise, Learning and Dissemination...

First Nations Oweesta Corporation

An affiliate of the First Nations Development Institute, Oweesta was formally incorporated in 1999. The group provides training, technical assistance, investments research and advocacy for the development of Native CDFIs and other support organizations in Native communities throughout the United States. Read more about First Nations Oweesta Corporation...

Community Development Venture Capital Alliance

The CDVCA is a membership organization that works to provide members with technical assistance, information, and resources to maximize the implementation of community development venture capital funds in distressed communities throughout the world. Read more about Community Development Venture Capital Alliance...

CDFI Fund, US Treasury

The CDFI Fund is the section of the U.S. Department of Treasury that administers the CDFI Fund, the New Markets Tax Credit, and other community finance programs. Its web site has information on how to apply for awards, as well as listing previous awardees. Read more about CDFI Fund, US Treasury...