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State of the CDFI Industry

Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) have been making investments in underserved and disinvested communities over the last 40 years in affordable housing, health, and small businesses. Although the need for these investments still exists, CDFIs are starting to feel squeezed by on-going threats to many of the funding sources that have helped make this work possible. To ensure that CDFIs can continue to serve communities, it is more important than ever for the industry to innovate and attract new sources of financing and investment. 

In this Spotlight on the state of the industry, we’ve compiled resources to help practitioners understand how industry leaders are thinking about changes in the community development financing field, and what the industry needs to consider to keep up with the needs and demands of our communities, as well as to engage new investors.

Read the Letter from the Editor for additional background and for an overview of what this month's Spotlight covers.

Letter from the Editor



In Practice

The LISC Institute spoke with Tim Ferguson, Next Street, and Fran Seegull, US Impact Investing Alliance, about the state of the industry and how we can prepare for the future.

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This collection of essays from the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco and Low Income Investment Fund features an array of works on the past and present of the Community Development field, and how to map for the future.

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"Building Assets: Ohio's CDFI Industry" is an independent analysis of Ohio’s CDFIs. Learn about some of the central findings of the analysis, including the impact local CDFIs have had on the availability of important assets in Ohio.

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From the LISC Archives

"CDFIs & Impact Investing: An Industry Review" explores how CDFIs must innovate to promote investments and a more inclusive and equitable society.

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What we're reading

This piece from Tim Ferguson, founder and Chairman of Next Street, highlights how CDFIs, often referred to as the original impact investors, can take advantage of the opportunity to be the next wave of alternative financial institutions.  

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"Next Up: CDFI Leaders Thinking Ahead and Acting Now" features interviews with CDFI leaders who have led the charge investments in America’s neighborhoods most in need of it since the early 1970s.  

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Read this article from Fortune to learn more about Neighborly, the new public financing platform that is revolutionizing the way that cities can fund their projects by connecting them directly with investors.

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Resource libraries, tools and events

Explore the survey data from Nonprofit Finance Fund's newest State of the Sector Survey to learn about some of the issues that the nonprofit sector is facing, and more about some of the needs and demands on the industry.

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Trainings offered through the Capacity Building Initiative target key issues affecting CDFIs and support the development of capacity building plans.

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