Nothing is different, but everything has changed.
During this economic crisis, Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) have proven their ability to mobilize public and private capital to finance economic justice.
However, the truth is that CDFIs will have to ‘punch above their weight’ to help build an inclusive economy and get more capital out where it’s needed.
It’s time to throw out the old playbook. Your new one includes not just whom you support, but also how you support them, and who decides what.
To help you write your new playbook, you want a consulting firm comprised of industry veterans with decades of on-the-ground experience – operations, lending, finance, and development. There is a spotlight today on CDFIs. Bring plenty of batteries.
Our Mission: to help build and grow remarkably successful CDFIs.
CDFI Start-Up: we take your vision, values, and knowledge of your market and fuse it with a fundable business plan. Next is your “this is the way we do business” lending operations playbook and toolkit. Give us a snack and then we can talk about capitalization strategies. We’re laying CDFI bricks right for the National Urban League, the City of Pittsburg, and the El Paso Community Foundation, among others.
CDFI Fund Certification: ask us about why we have the best track record for approved certification applications. Fill out this brief form and we will assess your readiness for certification – at no cost.
CDFI Fund Program Applications: We’ve been writing successful applications for nearly 20 years. Plus, our team includes experts hired as readers for CDFI program applications.
CDFI Capacity Building and Growth Services: growth-oriented CDFIs rely on F|A to install ‘upgrades’ to improve loan fund operations, and play with the best thing since wireless internet: our nifty forecasting app that provides the most accurate and defensible projections for loan volume, financial performance, and impact. No ‘in-app’ purchases required.