We help build and grow remarkably successful Community Development Financial Institutions.

Friedman Associates, LLC is a consulting firm for Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs), with the most sought after experts dedicated to building the financial and intellectual capacity of mission-driven lenders.

We focus on just three things. Financial sustainability; enduring capacity; and mission impact. Is there anything else?

Where we come in. Assess and upgrade your lending platform to meet industry standards. Develop a CDFI Growth Model for a defensible five-year forecast and tactics for growth and impact. Train staff in best practices. Strategic plans that produce results. A playbook to launch a new CDFI…..

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

CDFI Fund Program Applications: It Comes Down to This…

Unmatched competency: we come from the industry – executive, finance, lending, and development. We’ve been writing CDFI Fund applications for nearly 20 years. Plus, our team includes experts hired by the CDFI Fund to review program applications. 

Unparalleled approach: we assess your competitiveness and craft a strategy that makes the best case for funding. We use proprietary software that accelerates the preparation of your application. That’s just for starters.

Are You ‘Certifiable‘?  Welcome to CDFI Fund 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!

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