Another crisis, another opportunity for CDFIs

Pensions & Investments
Monday, June 15, 2020

Foundations and other institutional investors are targeting capital to help hardest-hit communities recover from the coronavirus pandemic, reviving a structure that helped during the Great Recession: community development financial institutions. Unlike traditional banks, CDFIs deploy federal funds that they then leverage four to six times with private debt from banks, foundations, corporations and individuals to lend to disadvantaged business owners, affordable housing developers and community projects that would not otherwise qualify for traditional loans. There are now more than 1,100 CDFIs in the U.S. with more than $222 billion in assets certified by the Department of Treasury's Community Development Financial Institutions Fund program.