Our vision is bold – to reimagine the traditional tools and approaches that have failed to address systemic issues of inequality and the widening racial wealth gap. We are excited to share the latest milestones in our journey.
July 15th, 2021 marks the formal combination of Capital Impact Partners and CDC Small Business Finance. Getting to this point took the hard work of all our staff, our board members, the support of community-based partners across the country, and the faith of major donors. I want to thank all of those involved who have worked hard to bring this vision to reality.
First two funded projects demonstrate how initiative creates a pathway for emerging real estate developers of color to enter the industry and positively impact the communities in which they build
(Arlington, VA – July 8, 2021) – Capital Impact Partners today launched its $20 million Diversity in Development – DMV Loan Fund (DiD-DMV), and named the first two high-impact housing and community development projects in Washington, D.C.’s Wards 7 and 8 financed through the Fund.
Capital Impact Partners and Nonprofit Finance Fund (NFF) are decades-old Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) with long-standing commitments to supporting disinvested communities. In recent years, both organizations have explicitly recognized the opportunity to expand their impact by addressing structural racism, both internally and externally, as they deliver products and services to their communities.
Capital Impact and NFF have come together to form Catalyzing Finance for Racial Equity (CFRE), a collaborative that will engage staff, community-centered organizations, and CDFIs in identifying new ways that CDFIs can advance health justice and better support communities by refining or developing new lending products and processes.
Grants through the Treasury’s CDFI Rapid Response Program (CDFI RRP) will provide necessary capital for CDFIs to respond to economic challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly in disinvested communities
Arlington, VA (June 15, 2021) The U.S. Department of the Treasury announced today that Capital Impact Partners was awarded $1,826,265 as part of $1.25 billion in awards to 863 Community Development Financial institutions (CDFIs) to respond to economic challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly in disinvested, yet persevering communities across the country.
Centering our commitment to community-centered value will support hard-working communities to move forward and thrive in the wake of the pandemic
Arlington, VA (June 10, 2021) – After pivoting to face the realities that 2020 laid bare, the first quarter of 2021 for Capital Impact Partners has been about expanding our work to create opportunities for hard-working communities to move onward and upward. Our communities, including communities of color and communities living with low incomes, were hard-hit by the pandemic, as many of our neighbors were already struggling with inequity and lack of opportunities before the COVID-19 pandemic started.
Grants support the growth of four existing and emerging cooperative businesses led by underserved entrepreneurs
Washington, D.C./Arlington, VA (June 8, 2021) — The Washington Area Community Investment Fund (Wacif) and Capital Impact Partners today announced $40,000 in grant awards to four existing and emerging cooperatively owned businesses operated by people of color and/or workers living with low wages through the D.C. Co-op Impact Grant. In its second year, the grant advances community development by encouraging the growth of quality jobs, sustainable businesses, leadership development, and asset building through an equitable cooperative model.
By Alison Powers, Cooperative & Community Initiatives Manager
Co-ops are having a moment. That is to say that cooperatives, which have existed for generations, are currently being recognized for their ability to build economic power for the workers who own them. This point has become more underscored as communities have been touched by the instability that the COVID-19 pandemic has caused within our health and economic systems, as well as decades of racial injustice.
This blog also appears on the Nonprofit Finance Fund website. You can read it here.
Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) were founded as part of the civil rights movement, to make access to capital more equitable for communities living with low incomes, often communities of color. However, despite the work of this part of the financial services industry, disinvested communities still suffer from unequitable capital access and thereby fewer opportunities for wealth building and shared prosperity. New models are needed to re-envision how transformation of community development can work for disinvested communities and develop local solutions to persistent issues.
Funds will be used to provide technical assistance, catalytic grants, and lending products to support D.C. food businesses and create an equitable food system
Arlington, VA (May 6, 2021) – Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser awarded Capital Impact Partners $1 million to manage the newly announced Nourish D.C. Fund. This fund, part of the $5.2 million D.C. Local Equity, Access, and Preservation Funds (D.C. LEAF) program, aims to support a robust ecosystem of locally owned food businesses in District neighborhoods by investing in BIPOC-owned businesses that otherwise struggle to access capital and also promotes health equity in the city.