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Impact Investments That Support Companies Affecting Positive Change

By Raymond Guthrie Chief Investment Officer and Head of Capital Deployment Momentus Capital In 2022, a Fast Company piece by Porter Braswell released new statistics that painted a telling picture: in 2021, only 1.4% of Black founders received venture capital funds. That’s a stark number…

Meet Byron Reed, Momentus Capital’s New Senior Vice President of Business Advising

Byron Reed recently joined Momentus Capital as the new Senior Vice President of Business Advising. In his commitment to serve borrowers from underestimated communities, he will lead, manage, advise, and provide strategic direction to the team of business advisors who consult with potential and existing…

Impact Investing for Health Equity: Q&A With SameSky Health CEO Abner Mason

SameSky Health Founder and CEO Abner Mason is on a mission to advance health equity in communities Abner Mason came up with the idea for SameSky Health in 2013 with a dream of creating a company that is on a mission to advance health equity.…

We Are Now Part of The Momentus Capital Family of Organizations!

By Ellis Carr, President and CEO of Momentus Capital, Capital Impact Partners, and CDC Small Business Finance Healthy communities are built by their residents. Small business owners, local real estate developers, and other local leaders are the engines of job creation and economic activity in…

Meet Mindy Christensen, Our New Senior Vice President of Community Development Real Estate

Mindy Christensen recently joined Capital Impact as the new Senior VP of Community Development Real Estate. She leads her team to support Capital Impact’s mission to transform how capital and investments flow into communities by facilitating loan transactions for health care centers, charter schools, affordable…

Trends and Policies that May Affect Community Development & Small Business in 2022

Like 2020, 2021 presented challenges for small business owners, often revealing historical and systemic disinvestment in communities of color. It also created opportunities for businesses to adapt and rebuild.  While communities and businesses are still dealing with the repercussions of the pandemic, we can work…

VIDEO: A Visual Storytelling of Capital Impact Partners’ First 10 Years in Detroit

Over the past 10 years, Capital Impact Partners has invested more than $300 million to foster equitable and inclusive Detroit communities, and we are committed to achieving that vision with the city’s residents. To celebrate our 10th anniversary of working side-by-side with Detroiters, we look…

Marching Toward “Freedom and Jobs”: How Our New Enterprise Fosters Wealth Creation and Builds Inclusive and Equitable Communities

By Ellis Carr, President and CEO During the 1963 March on Washington for Freedom and Jobs, attendees peacefully and constructively protested for the end of systemic barriers and racial segregation. These barriers kept members of disinvested communities from good-paying jobs or from owning businesses wherever…

Alliance “Get To Know Us” Spotlight: LaKisha Gant, Senior Vice President, Commercial Real Estate Lending

Welcome to our Spotlight series where we highlight members of our new enterprise with Capital Impact Partners. Earlier this year we announced the formation of our exciting new enterprise that united Capital Impact Partners and CDC Small Business Finance under a single strategy and leadership…

Alliance “Get To Know Us” Spotlight: Shelli Hayman, Senior Vice President, Small Business Lending

Welcome to our Spotlight series where we highlight members of our new enterprise with Capital Impact Partners. Earlier this year we announced the formation of our exciting new enterprise that united Capital Impact Partners and CDC Small Business Finance under a single strategy and leadership…

Alliance “Get To Know Us” Spotlight: Kim Dorsett, Chief Human Resources Officer

Welcome to our Spotlight series where we highlight members of our new enterprise between CDC Small Business Finance and Capital Impact Partners. Earlier this year we announced the formation of our exciting new enterprise that united Capital Impact Partners and CDC Small Business Finance under…

A Decade of Investment in Detroit’s Revitalization: An Oral History of Our Journey – Capital Impact Partners in Detroit

A decade ago, Detroit was on the verge of a landmark municipal bankruptcy. Emergency response times were among the slowest in the nation. Blight abounded in nearly every neighborhood. In the prior decade, Detroit had lost one-quarter of its population—more than 244,000 residents. National media…

Alliance “Get To Know Us” Spotlight: Diane Borradaile, Chief Lending Officer

Welcome to our Spotlight series where we highlight members of our new enterprise between CDC Small Business Finance and Capital Impact Partners. Earlier this year we announced the formation of our exciting new enterprise that united Capital Impact Partners and CDC Small Business Finance under…

PODCAST: Catalyze – Access to Capital for Underestimated Communities

In August, our President and CEO Ellis Carr participated in “Catalyze,” a podcast of the Greater Washington Partnership. “Catalyze” brings together leaders from Baltimore to Richmond who are working to make this the most inclusive growth region in the country. It features leaders from across…

In Memoriam: Capital Impact Mourns the Loss of Charles Snyder of National Cooperative Bank

On behalf of the entire team at Capital Impact Partners and CDC Small Business Finance, I want to express my deepest sorrow at the passing of Chuck Snyder. Chuck joined the National Cooperative Bank (NCB) in 1983 before being named as President and CEO in…

Alliance “Get To Know Us” Spotlight: Robert Villarreal, Chief External Affairs Officer

Welcome to our Spotlight series where we highlight members of our new enterprise with Capital Impact Partners.  Earlier this year we announced the formation of our exciting new enterprise that united Capital Impact Partners and CDC Small Business Finance under a single strategy and leadership…

Alliance “Get To Know Us” Spotlight: Kim Buttemer, Chief Operating Officer

Welcome to our Spotlight series where we highlight members of our new enterprise with Capital Impact Partners.  Earlier this year we announced the formation of our exciting new enterprise that united Capital Impact Partners and CDC Small Business Finance under a single strategy and leadership…

The Future of Building Wealth: Ellis Carr and Others Contribute Essays on Ideas to Build Wealth—for Everyone

There was considerable evidence, even before the COVID-19 pandemic began, that the United States was marking levels of income and wealth inequality unseen for a century, all during the longest economic expansion in modern history. The stark economic inequalities that individuals and families in our…

Marking a Decade of Hustling Harder with Detroiters Toward an Equitable Future

By Ellis Carr, President and CEO of Capital Impact Partners and CDC Small Business Finance Ten years ago, Capital Impact Partners received an invitation from the Kresge Foundation to join in an effort to support Detroit as the city was reeling in the turbulence of…

Alliance “Get To Know Us” Spotlight: Brian McEvoy, General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer, and Corporate Secretary

Our Spotlight series is designed to introduce you to the many people in our new enterprise who are working hard to drive change and create a powerful new voice for communities and small businesses.  Earlier this year, we announced the formation of our exciting new…

Focusing on the Root Causes of Inequity: What the Pandemic and Racial Reckoning Have Meant for Community Development Financial Institutions

The last 18 months, lived in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, have opened eyes across our country to the inherent inequities that communities of color and communities living with low incomes experience in all aspects of life. Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) have a…

Alliance “Get To Know Us” Spotlight: Raymond Guthrie, Head of Investments

Welcome to another episode of our Spotlight series where we highlight members of our new enterprise between CDC Small Business Finance and Capital Impact Partners.  Earlier this year we announced the formation of our exciting new enterprise that united Capital Impact Partners and CDC Small…

Alliance “Get To Know Us” Spotlight: Natalie Nickens Gunn, Chief Financial Officer

Welcome to our Spotlight series where we highlight members of our new enterprise with CDC Small Business Finance.  Earlier this year we announced the formation of our exciting new enterprise that united Capital Impact Partners and CDC Small Business Finance under a single strategy and…

A Bold Gamble for Building Community Wealth and Assets: A Q&A with Unity Council on the Successes and Lessons Learned from Fruitvale Transit Village

Oakland, Ca. is a vibrant place, a reflection of the multicultural communities within its borders. However, Oakland also experiences poverty, limited social services, and crime, which hold its communities back – particularly communities of color – from achieving their full potential. Over the past several…

2020 Annual Report Letter: Combating the Other Pandemic – Flattening the Curve for Social Justice

By Ellis Carr, President and CEO of Capital Impact Partners and CDC Small Business Finance Last year I opened up my Annual Report letter with a reference to COVID-19. While we were still grasping the seriousness of the situation, we could never have realized the…

New Board Members and Leadership Milestones for Our New Enterprise with CDC Small Business Finance

Earlier this year, we announced the formation of an exciting new enterprise uniting Capital Impact Partners and CDC Small Business Finance under a single national strategy and leadership team.  Our vision is bold - to reimagine the traditional tools and approaches that have failed to…

How Capital Impact and Our Partners Are Catalyzing Finance for Racial Equity

You can also find this content on the Nonprofit Finance Fund website. 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…

Employee Ownership: The Power of the Cooperative Model to Build Opportunity and Wealth for Worker-Owners and Their Communities

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…

Where We Go from Here: Opportunities for CDFIs to Center Communities and Drive Capital for Holistic Community Development

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…

Accountability for George Floyd is Just the Start of Our Fight for Justice for All

By Ellis Carr, President and CEO, Capital Impact Partners, and CEO, CDC Small Business Finance On Wednesday, I woke up still processing the range of emotions I have felt since watching the jury deliver its verdict in the murder of George Floyd. It remains a…
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