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Audio Blog: Expanding Opportunity for Real Estate Developers of Color in the Time of COVID-19

Editor’s note: This conversation took place virtually to protect all participants during the COVID-19 pandemic. There may be sound issues, as this was a live webinar. As COVID-19 continues to disproportionately impact communities of color, it is important that supporting developers of color does not…

Capital Impact Partners’ Response to Recent Violence Against Black Lives

By Ellis Carr, President and CEO The events of the past weeks have been incredibly painful to witness. While in the midst of a global health crisis, the disease of racism reared its ugly head to create a crisis within a crisis in which unarmed Black…

Racial Inequity – as cause and effect – in the time of COVID-19

By Michelle Betton, Writer “Structural racism has always been a pre-existing condition for communities of color.” -Race Forward People in disinvested communities, often communities of color, understand this statement too well. It has rung true for generations. Structural racism affects more than just health; systemic…

2019 Annual Report Letter: Through Crisis, We Partner with Communities to Build Strength and Sustainability

By Ellis Carr, President & CEO, and Daniel Varner, Board Chair Over the past several weeks, the COVID-19 pandemic has fundamentally changed the world for all of us. Our hearts go out to everyone who has been—and will continue to be—affected by this devastating event.…

Capital Impact Partners’ Response to COVID-19

By Ellis Carr, President & CEO Friends and Partners - Since I last reached out on behalf of the team here at Capital Impact, our country has changed dramatically as a result of the unprecedented health crisis we are all facing. Across the country, communities…

COVID-19 Response: An Open Letter from CDFI Leaders to Our Supporters

“Those closest to the problem are closest to the solutions.” Bryan Stevenson Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) were first certified by the U.S. Treasury 25 years ago to provide financing in communities left behind by the mainstream financial system. CDFIs have long been “first responders”…

COVID-19 Relief Programs and Resources for Nonprofits

American small businesses and nonprofits are facing an unprecedented economic disruption due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Congress has reached a bipartisan compromise on a $2 trillion economic stimulus package to address the economic impact caused by the outbreak titled the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic…

Voting Rights Have the Power to Break Down Injustice and Build Places of Opportunity

By Michelle Betton, Writer “The vote is the most powerful instrument ever devised by man for breaking down injustice and destroying the terrible walls which imprison men because they are different from other men.” -President Lyndon B. Johnson when he signed the Voting Rights Act…

Community Reinvestment Act: Ensuring the Financial Inclusion of Disinvested Communities

By Scott Berman, Director, Policy and Development The civil rights movement sought to end legalized racial discrimination against Black-American individuals and communities. For generations, Black Americans were systematically denied opportunities that their White counterparts experienced, from the ability to buy homes to accessing quality education…

Mission-driven Organizations Continue Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Work for Democracy and Equity (Video)

By Michelle Betton, Writer Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy is one of challenging the systems that keep people from benefitting from the democracy that this country is supposed to provide to all of its citizens. The people for whom he fought were often people of…

Centering Equity and Our Civil Rights Roots in 2020 and Beyond

By Ellis Carr, President & CEO Throughout the year, I have thought a lot about what equity means to me and the work we do at Capital Impact. At its most basic, dictionary.com defines “equity” as “the quality of being fair or impartial; fairness; impartiality.”…

We Are All Immigrants: Centering the Needs of Immigrant Families Ensures That All of Our Communities Thrive

By Jason Anderson, Senior Director, Communications As 2018 came to a close and many of us were focused on the holiday season, a headline came across the news wires that stopped us in our tracks. It had been reported that a seven-year-old Guatemalan girl who…

Co-ops Have the Power to Transform the Future of Work and Racial Equity for Communities of Color

This blog originally appeared on the SOCAP19 blog. Click here to visit the original post. By Alison Powers, Manager, Cooperative and Community Initiatives Communities of color have experienced historical and structural disinvestment, which has led to an unprecedented racial wealth gap, historically low home ownership,…

Partnerships Hold Immense Power in Redeveloping Cities

By Ian Wiesner, Director, Business Development Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) have been bringing investment to Detroit for more than two decades. The mission-driven approach and unique tools that CDFIs bring to the market have played a critical role in the development of new housing…

Affordable Housing Integrated with Social Services Creates a Lifeline for Older Adults to Age in Community

By Candace Robinson, Director, Strategy for Aging in Community, Capital Impact Partners, and Amy Herr, Director, Health Policy, West Health Policy Center This blog originally appeared as a Fast Fact on the Build Healthy Places blog. Read the original blog here.​​ Fact: On average, only 35…

Woodward Corridor Investment Fund: Fostering Sustainable Community Development in Detroit

By Elizabeth Luther, Detroit Program Manager Between 2000 and 2013, Detroit lost one-quarter of its population—more than 244,000 residents. When the city filed for bankruptcy in July 2013, the exodus continued, with residents leaving the city in record numbers. Vacant homes and shuttered businesses meant…

Amplifying Assets to Achieve Justice for Our Communities

By Ellis Carr, President and CEO, and Dan Varner, Board Chair Looking back at our journey through 2018, both as an organization and as a country, it is no surprise to us that Merriam-Webster’s “word of the year” was justice. The meaning and implications of…

Fostering Communities of Opportunity: Getting to Know Alaina Beverly, Capital Impact Board Member

Alaina Beverly has spent her career championing and empowering underserved communities and working with stakeholders to work toward justice and opportunity for all. She started her career as a litigator for the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund and later worked in the Obama Administration…

Stay Midtown: Expanding Affordable Housing while Reducing Displacement of Detroit Residents

By Ashlee Cunningham, Detroit Housing & Community Development Specialist Long before Midtown Detroit—or Cass Corridor, as 39-year-old Wayne State University graduate and artist Rachel Barker prefers to call it—was booming with aesthetically pleasing coffee shops, hip art galleries and expensive retail stores, it was the neighborhood…

Innovation in Practice: How Capital Impact Transforms Values into Equitable, Inclusive Communities

By Lauren Counts, Senior Director, Strategy, Innovation, and Impact Management Innovation is an important tool for mission-driven organizations as they work within their communities to address issues of social, racial, and economic justice. Traditional thinking will not solve the problems that communities across the country experience…

Leaving Communities Behind: Examining Financial Vulnerability for Black Families

By Olivia Rebanal, Director, Inclusive Food Systems Despite positive headlines about the American economy, financial vulnerability is a reality for many people. This was brought into sharp focus during the government shutdown Communities rallied around their members and organizations provided support, but it became clear that…

How the Civil Rights Movement Gave Rise to Community Health Centers

By Michelle Betton, Writer With thousands in communities across the country, community health centers (CHCs) seem like a long-standing part of the national health care system. However, the origins of CHCs are relatively recent, born out of civil rights struggles that started 10,000 miles away.…

Reimagining Opportunity: Partnering for Economic Justice for Returning Citizens

This blog post originally appeared on the SOCAP website. For the original post, please visit this website. The challenges of mass incarceration and poverty are all too often intertwined in the U.S. Seventy million Americans currently have an arrest or conviction record and that number is…

Reflections on 1968: Fostering Equity and Justice in 2018 and Beyond​

By Ellis Carr, President and CEO This has been a year of reflection and introspection for me. In 2017, Capital Impact Partners, a national Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI), had its best year since our founding in the early 1980s. We implemented new programs and…

Living Our Values Within Our Communities: A Photo Essay

Each year at Capital Impact Partners, we host an offsite, where all staff comes together to discuss successes and challenges in our work, and strategizes how we can continue to commit to the communities that we serve for greater social impact. This year, we held…

Innovation as Culture: How Capital Impact Channels Its Values to Create Communities of Opportunity

By Lauren Counts, Senior Director, Strategy, Innovation, and Impact Management Mission-driven organizations face down some of the world’s biggest challenges – systemic poverty, inequality, and racial inequity, to name a few – as a matter of business practice. Certainly these are not easy issues to…

Bridging Health Care and Services Promotes Social Connectedness Crucial for Older Adult Health

By Candace Robinson, Director, Strategy for Aging in Community, Capital Impact Partners, and Amy Herr, Director, Health Policy, West Health Policy Center This blog originally appeared as a Fast Fact on the Build Healthy Places blog. Read the original blog here.​​ Fact Currently, more than half (51…

Integrated Services Create Opportunity for Investment in Healthy Aging in Place

By Candace Robinson, Director, Strategy for Aging in Community, Capital Impact Partners, and Amy Herr, Director, Health Policy, West Health Policy Center This blog originally appeared as a Fast Fact on the Build Healthy Places blog. Read the original blog here. Fact For the first time…

Unlocking Pathways to Social and Racial Justice Nationwide​

​By Ellis Carr, President and CEO, and Rosemary Mahoney, Board Chair ​We believe everyone deserves a voice and economic pathways that allow them to shape their own futures. We believe that a community’s voice and economic opportunities can be strengthened with the right tools. Our objective…

Capital Impact Honors Rosemary Mahoney and Paul Bradley, New Inductees into the Cooperative Hall of Fame

By Alison Powers, Program Officer, Strategy, Innovation & Impact So many qualities define the life of a Cooperative Hall of Fame hero. Conviction and focus. Vision and persistence. Innovation and leadership. All contributing to a life dedicated to cooperative development and shared prosperity. These characteristics…
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