Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs)

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...

CDFI Coalition

The Coalition of Community Development Financial Institutions represents more than 1000 CDFIs throughout the U.S., providing networking and information to the CDFI industry. The Coalition also serves as an advocate for community development financial institutions by providing information and resources to lawmakers, media, and the general public in order to increase financial and public support of CDFIs. Read more about CDFI Coalition...

Association for Enterprise Opportunity (AEO)

The Association for Enterprise Opportunity is a trade association of microenterprise loan funds and supporters. It provides members with a forum, information, and a voice to promote enterprise opportunity for people and communities with limited access to economic resources. Read more about Association for Enterprise Opportunity (AEO)...

Washington Area Community Investment Fund

Established in 1987, Washington Area Community Investment Fund (WACIF) provides capital and technical assistance to affordable housing developers, childcare providers, and small businesses in the DC region. To date, the group has committed or funded over 315 loans totaling $24.6 million, leveraging over $150 million in financing for local nonprofits and low and moderate-income entreprenuers. Its loans, programs, and services have helped develop or preserve more than 1,500 units of affordable housing and 44 community-based facilities in the DC region. Read more about Washington Area Community Investment Fund...

City First Bank

Part of a family of companies that work together to serve the needs of low and moderate income residents of the DC metro area, City First Bank is a nationally chartered community development bank with assets of $214 million, deposits of $171 million, and loans of $152 million, 80 percent of which are made to businesses in low-income communities.  Since its establishment in 1998, the bank has financed more than 5,371 units of affordable housing and helped create or retain over 4,368 jobs. Read more about City First Bank...

Washington Community Reinvestment Association

Focusing on low income and special needs housing and other real estate based economic projects within the state, the Washington Community Reinvestment Association administers three revolving loan pools totaling more than $105 million. Originally formed in 1992 as a consortium of 35 member institutions, today WCRA has added 11 additional financial institutions and increased its lending capacity by nearly 50 percent. To date, WCRA has funded and committed over $232 million in loans, representing 9,049 units of housing and 98,357 square feet of economic development project space. Read more about Washington Community Reinvestment Association...

Washington CASH

Founded in 1995, Washington CASH provides a business training course, micro-credit lending services from $500-$5,000, technical business assistance, and peer support to enable low-income women, people with disabilities, and new immigrants/refugees to start or expand self-employment ventures. As of November 2009, Washington CASH has helped create or expand more than 800 businesses and has trained more than 2,800 people through its business-training course. Read more about Washington CASH...