A Decade of Change: Capital Impact's Detroit 10th Anniversary

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 the great recession. It was a seminal moment in our organization’s history, resulting in key shifts to our strategy and how we thought about investing – not only in buildings – but in communities.

Brian McEvoy, General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer, and Corporate Secretary

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 enterprise that united Capital Impact Partners and CDC Small Business Finance under a single strategy and leadership team. 

In this Spotlight, meet Brian McEvoy, our General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer, and Corporate Secretary.

Tim Ferguson of Next Street and Ellis Carr of Capital Impact Partners and CDC Small Business Finance

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 particular mandate to address these inequities and implement practices that help communities thrive. What has the racial reckoning of the past several months meant for CDFIs?

Raymond Guthrie, Head of Investments

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 Business Finance under a single strategy and leadership team. 

We believe that in order to ensure that traditional and mainstream financial systems are equitably serving Black, Hispanic, and Indigenous communities to drive solutions that support economic mobility and wealth creation, we must think differently. This series is designed to introduce you to the many people who are working hard to drive change and create a powerful new voice for communities and small businesses.

On this Spotlight episode, meet Raymond Guthrie, the Head of Investments.

Natalie Gunn, Chief Financial Officer for Capital Impact Partners and CDC Small Business Finance

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 leadership team. 

We believe that in order to ensure that traditional and mainstream financial systems are equitably serving Black, Hispanic, and Indigenous communities to drive solutions that support economic mobility and wealth creation, we must think differently. This series is designed to introduce you to the many people who are working hard to drive change and create a powerful new voice for communities and small businesses.

Our first Spotlight is on Natalie Nickens Gunn. Natalie is our Chief Financial Officer. 

Fruitvale Transit Village

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 years, Oakland has seen an influx of residents as the demand for housing in the San Francisco Bay area has driven many people there, on top of the residents who already called the city home.

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 extent to which the pandemic would dominate almost every facet of our lives. Now, as vaccines continue to roll out and many begin to “return to normal”, what we feared then has become reality. Communities of color will be grappling with the long-term impacts for months, if not years to come.

Capital Impact and CDC Small Business Finance logos

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 address systemic issues of inequality and the widening racial wealth gap. We are excited to share the latest milestones in our journey.   

Formal Combination

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. 

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 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.

The newly minted worker owners of Ward Lumber

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 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. 

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