We help build and grow remarkably successful Community Development Financial Institutions

Friedman Associates (FA) is a CDFI Consulting Services firm. Our team of CDFI professionals works across the country – from South Central LA to Lyons, Nebraska, to Harlem, NY – to build the financial and intellectual capacity of mission-driven lenders.

  • What?  We know of only one way. We tackle the three major challenges faced by all CDFIs: financial sustainability; enduring capacity; and mission impact. Is there anything else?
  • How?  Let’s upgrade your entire loan fund operations to meet industry standards. Deploy our proprietary financial model to accurately forecast your growth and impact. Provide tools and guidance to help your Board step up its game to lead the charge. A strategic plan that sits on your desk, not on the shelf.  A playbook to launch a new CDFI. Learn more

Why F|A? Because the stakes are too high – for your organization, your borrowers, and your community. You deserve a team of seasoned industry experts relentlessly dedicated to your success.

Why Trust Friedman Associates to Prepare Your CDFI Fund Applications?

  • Unmatched competency: seasoned professionals that know your business because we ave lived it ourselves – leadership, finance, lending, development. We’ve been writing these applications for nearly 20 years.
  • Unparalleled approach: we assess you competitiveness and craft a strategy that makes the best case for funding. We use proprietary software that accelerates preparation of the application. That’s just for starters.

Are You ‘Certifiable‘?  Welcome to CDFI Certification Central!

CDFI Certification is the gateway to achieving your vision to create widely shared economic opportunity in your community. In 30 minutes, we can assess your readiness for certification – at no cost.  We then prepare your application and track it until approval!