Community Dividend Articles on CDFIs

Community Dividend

July 2013

Federal tax credit program helps spur Butte business revival

With the help of New Markets Tax Credits, a mixed-use redevelopment project in Uptown Butte, Mont., is catalyzing further revitalization in the area.

Community Dividend

April 2013

Federal initiative brings healthy fare to food deserts

A collaborative initiative by three federal agencies aims to increase the supply of nutritious foods in urban and rural areas where access to healthy food is low.

Community Dividend

January 2013

Rural CDFIs: Creating connections to marketplaces: A conversation with Mary Mathews of the Entrepreneur Fund

Community Dividend speaks with Mary Mathews, founding president and CEO of the Entrepreneur Fund, to learn about the circumstances and challenges rural community development financial institutions (CDFIs) face.

Community Dividend

January 2013

Treasury's CDFI Fund announces nearly $18 million in Bank Enterprise Awards

From News and Notes

Community Dividend

January 2012

Native CDFI News

Community Dividend

January 2012

Montana CDC project receives top honor

Community Dividend

October 2011

Harvest Initiative and Hunkpati Investments: Stirring up economic development on the Crow Creek reservation

The story of how residents of the Crow Creek Indian reservation, a prominent businessman, a church congregation, and two young attorneys came to be deeply involved in improving the reservation’s economic circumstances.

Community Dividend

October 2011

Making the New Markets Tax Credit work in Native communities

Some Native communities have had success in attracting New Markets Tax Credit investments, despite unique challenges involved in implementing the program in Indian Country.

Community Dividend

October 2011

U.S. Treasury announces 2011 CDFI awards

Community Dividend

July 2011

Measuring the impact of community development: A conversation with Paul Mattessich of Wilder Research

Community Dividend speaks with Paul Mattessich, executive director of Wilder Research, about how to effectively and affordably measure the impact of community development work.

Community Dividend

July 2011

Recent rule changes expand definition of community development under the CRA

New modifications to the CRA rules are designed to encourage financial institutions to help stabilize foreclosure-ravaged communities.

Community Dividend

April 2011

Hispanic entrepreneurship grows, but barriers persist

Despite recent progress, Hispanic-owned firms lag behind in some respects. Fortunately, federal and nonprofit agencies offer programs designed to help close the gap.

Community Dividend

January 2011

CDFI News

Community Dividend

Julry 2011

Fed Governor Duke tours Minneapolis marketplaces

On a recent visit, Federal Reserve Governor Elizabeth Duke toured two culturally diverse marketplaces that have helped revitalize their surrounding neighborhoods.

Community Dividend

November 2009

Overcoming start-up barriers: Native-owned food business serves up lessons learned

The founders of Native American Natural Foods demonstrate that the goal of starting up a well-positioned business on an Indian reservation is attainable, provided certain elements are in place.

Community Dividend

November 2009

2008 was a mixed year for CDCUs, report says

Community Dividend

January 2009

Earning income, serving the community: Guidance for building a social enterprise

A description of the important steps nonprofit organizations should follow when creating enterprises to boost their earned income.

Community Dividend

November 2008

U.S. Treasury announces 2008 CDFI awards

Community Dividend

September 2008

A “Six Forces” view of microenterprise development

What happens when we apply a prominent, private sector, management-analysis framework to the world of microenterprise development organizations?

Community Dividend

January 2008

Achieving economies of scale through strategic restructuring: The case of Sparc

How two well-established CDCs in St. Paul, Minn., responded to funding pressures by merging to form a new entity called Sparc.

Community Dividend

November 2007

HP announces microenterprise development grants

Community Dividend

November 2007

Native CDFI awards announced

Community Dividend

May 2007

Microenterprise development in the U.S.: Past, present and future

To learn more about the history of microenterprise development organizations in the U.S. and the challenges these organizations face, Community Dividend spoke with Elaine Edgcomb, director of the Aspen Institute Microenterprise Fund for Innovation, Effectiveness, Learning and Dissemination.

Community Dividend

November 2006

African American enterprises on the rise in Minnesota

Minnesota's African American entrepreneurs are likely to face a host of challenges that threaten to block their path to success. Fortunately, a network of organizations is ready to support African American entrepreneurs in their business ventures.

Community Dividend

September 2006

2006 Bank Enterprise Awards announced

Community Dividend

March 2006

Minnesota loan fund offers capital through community collaboration

Numerous small businesses and nonprofit organizations located in rural communities throughout Minnesota are benefiting from an innovative, nonprofit economic development loan fund known as the Minnesota Community Capital Fund.

Community Dividend

September 2005

CDFIs at a crossroads: A conversation with Mark Pinsky of National Community Capital Association

Community development financial institutions, or CDFIs, are specialized entities that provide lending, investments, and other financial services in economically distressed communities. Community Dividend spoke with Mark Pinsky, president of a national CDFI network, to learn about the challenges these entities face.

Community Dividend

September 2005

Twin Cities refugee groups tackle community development

Refugee groups in Minnesota are expanding their mutual assistance efforts to include community development activities.

Community Dividend

November 2004

With support, securitization could boost community development industry

For community economic development lenders, selling loans to a secondary market can be an effective recapitalization strategy.

Community Dividend

August 2003

New Minnesota capital fund launched

Community Dividend

November 2002

CDFI Fund awards NACTA grants

Community Dividend

August 2001

New Markets Tax Credits: The next tool for community-development financing

Buzz Roberts, vice president for policy at Local Initiatives Support Corporation, explains how the New Markets Tax Credit will work and what this new financing tool can and cannot accomplish.

Community Dividend

August 2000

CDFI Fund awards $112 million

Community Dividend

August 2000

Revolving loan funds: A source of capital in South Dakota

Revolving loan funds are a major source of capital for individuals who do not qualify for traditional financing.

Community Dividend

August 2000

Rural CDCs: Building the capacity for success

In many American rural areas, crucial community development services are provided by community development corporations, or CDCs.

Community Dividend

July 1999

Microenterprise awards are announced

Two Ninth District organizations recently received awards for their outstanding work in the field of microenterprise development.

Community Dividend

October 1998

Partnerships are the key to obtaining financing for building projects

Straw bale construction projects in Minnesota and Montana obtained financing through partnerships with local banks and other community organizations.

Community Dividend

April 1998

The role of banking debt in community development

An excerpt from a speech Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis President Gary H. Stern delivered at the 1997 Nation Building Conference in Missoula, Mont.

Community Dividend

December 1997

Bank CDCs: Building partnerships for community development

Bank CDCs are tools for promoting economic and community development that have gained popularity in communities across the country.

Community Dividend

December 1996

Bank Enterprise Awards announced

Community Dividend

December 1996

CDFIs focus on community development

CDFIs serve an important function in their communities by meeting needs for financial services and products that are not currently being met through the traditional financial market.

Community Dividend

December 1996

Ninth District corporation is awarded CDFI funds

A Ninth District organization is among the first-ever recipients of Community Development Financial Institutions Fund awards.

Community Dividend

October 1996

Ninth District corporation is awarded CDFI funds, community development venture capital

An organization in Duluth, Minn., is among the first-ever awardees of the Community Development Financial Institutions Fund.