Community Development Financial Institutions

Community development financial institutions (CDFIs) are private financial organizations driven by a mission to bring mainstream finance and economic inclusion to underserved communities. While CDFIs come in many forms—they can be for-profits, nonprofits, credit unions, banks, loan funds, or venture capital funds—they are all certified by the Treasury Department’s CDFI Fund to help communities grow equitably by offering affordable and sustainable financial services, as well as affordable credit and investment capital.

Our research on CDFIs includes mapping the distribution of CDFI services across the country, identifying metrics to measure CDFI activities’ effectiveness, and convening CDFI leaders to discuss state and local policy opportunities to expand CDFI impact.

Reports and briefs
Making Community Development Capital Work in Small and Midsize Cities
A New Agenda for Community Development Finance
Tracking the Unequal Distribution of Community Development Funding in the US
Capital Access Programs: CDFI Case Study on the California Capital Access Programs
Financing the Development in Transit-Oriented Development: CDFI Case Study
Expanding Community Development Financial Institutions
From Compliance to Learning
Making Sure There Is a Future
Scaling Impact for Community Development Financial Institutions
State and Local Policy: A Critical Concern for CDFIs
Mission Finance in the Motor City

Community Development Financing
The Tipping Point

What the Bay Area and Cleveland reveal about trends in federal community development funding
Four ideas for strengthening the finances of community development financial institutions
Six ideas to help community development financial institutions better demonstrate their impact
The unsung financial institutions that fund inclusive community development

Past events
Building Healthier Economies with CDFIs