Aligning capital with justice

Aligning capital with justice

How CDFIs can enable borrowers to borrow — in all communities

A blog by IFF CEO Joe Neri

Effective CDFIs spend enormous amounts of time doing two things: raising capital and deploying loans. But as challenging and critical as those activities are, they’re simply not enough. Our goal is to align capital with justice, and in order to do that we must engage in a continuum of activities beyond raising and deploying debt to build the pipeline of community-driven “investable projects” in all of our communities. Join me as I explore this continuum and — with your input — provide examples of successful models that we can all replicate and riff off of to better serve our communities. Do you have examples of programs, initiatives, efforts, and collaborations to share? Please do. Email Joe.

Exploring the continuum: Why community development projects need so much more than capital