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CDFI Fund's Lisa Jones Wins Service To America Medal Fund's Lisa Jones Wins Service To America Medal<div class="ExternalClassA8088F816C1C4AFFA4A428139C2201E3"><p>Last night, Lisa M. Jones <a href="/news-events/Pages/news-detail.aspx?NewsID=229&Category=Press%20Releases" target="_blank">received one of eight Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals </a>for her pioneering work to launch the <a href="/bond">CDFI Bond Guarantee Program.</a></p> <img src="/SiteCollectionImages/PublicationImages/160920_Sammies_Gala_025%20Jones2%20(002).JPG" alt="" style="width:40%;margin-right:1%;float:left;" /> <img src="/SiteCollectionImages/PublicationImages/160920_Sammies_Gala_Group%20Shot%20(002).jpg" alt="" style="width:40%;margin-right:1%;float:left;" /> <p style="clear:both;">  </p><p>The Service to America Medals – also known as “the Sammies” – are highly respected awards presented by the non-profit, non-partisan Partnership for Public Service after a rigorous selection process. Often called “the Oscars of government service,” the Sammies are one of the most prestigious awards honoring our nation’s civil servants. Congratulations to Lisa and the CDFI Bond Guarantee Program team!</p><p>Learn more about the Sammies on the <a href="" target="_blank">Service to America Medals website</a>, and view Lisa's award video below.</p><p>  </p> <iframe width="640" height="360" src="" frameborder="0"></iframe> <p> </p></div>2016-09-21T17:00:00ZAround the CDFI Fund18GP0|#e5ca169a-3210-4374-8024-08bc93cb9c65;L0|#0e5ca169a-3210-4374-8024-08bc93cb9c65|CDFI Bond Guarantee Program;GTSet|#52f34ab0-6f81-4fe6-b393-2715c7089532
Impact and Excellence for the Next Five Years and Excellence for the Next Five Years<div class="ExternalClassB461102272BC466CAC31595A85A3EDBC"> <p>I’m very pleased to release the CDFI Fund’s new five-year Strategic Plan: Impact and Excellence. <a href="/Documents/Final%20Strategic%20Plan%20102516.pdf" target="_blank">You can read it here</a>.</p><p>As you’ll see, the strategic plan is concise—just 12 pages. However, it’s the product of an intensive process of reflection and discussion that has spanned more than 18 months. It reflects ideas we heard in various forms from over 700 members of the general public during our national Listening Tour in the summer of 2015, as well as insights we gained in strategic discussions within the Treasury Department and with our Community Development Advisory Board.</p><p>The CDFI Fund has a twenty-two year track record of success, which provides a strong foundation on which to build for the future. And yet, there are still too many people and too many communities that exist on the economic margins. More must be done to create opportunities for those in distressed communities to gain access to the financial tools that are needed to prosper. </p><p>The strategic plan will serve as the foundation for the CDFI Fund’s decisions and actions during the next five years. Underlying each of the five goals of the plan is this question: <i>How can the CDFI Fund and our network of awardees generate the greatest impact possible in underserved and distressed communities?</i> Our intent is to help create the conditions that allow the CDFI Fund network to grow and to achieve greater results for more communities.</p><p>The plan also articulates our intention to take a data-driven approach to decision-making. We want to direct our scarce resources toward what works. And, we want the industry to have the tools to do the same. Better data and evidence will serve to raise awareness of the industry’s effectiveness and increase its access to new capital from both private and public sources.</p><p>We continue to believe that it will take CDFIs of all types and sizes to meet the needs of underserved communities, and that the greatest impact can come when CDFIs work together with other CDFIs and other organizations who share a commitment to creating an inclusive economy. That is why our plan will promote partnerships and commits to building the capacity of the wide variety of organizations that make up the CDFI Fund’s network.</p><p>On behalf of the CDFI Fund, I would like to offer our thanks to those of you who provided comments and suggestions to help us develop our strategic plan. We look forward to working with you in the coming years to increase economic opportunity in distressed communities and to create an America where everyone can prosper.</p></div>Annie Donovan2016-10-27T12:28:00ZAround the CDFI Fund19GP0|#381b3368-a6d1-4ab9-9f3d-370d1a7e113c;L0|#0381b3368-a6d1-4ab9-9f3d-370d1a7e113c|Framework for the Future;GTSet|#52f34ab0-6f81-4fe6-b393-2715c7089532
Illustrating Impact: the New Certified CDFI Logo Impact: the New Certified CDFI Logo<div class="ExternalClass7985C7B138F64601AFAE0622FC5B8291"><p>I am pleased to unveil the new symbol of CDFI Certification: the Certified CDFI Logo.<br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/impact/Documents/CDFI_FCSEAL_LOGO_COLOR.jpg" alt="CDFI_FCSEAL_LOGO_COLOR.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:200px;height:200px;" /><br></p><p>More than 400 representatives of Certified CDFIs voted on the image they liked best to represent themselves to their customers and the public. Nearly 64 percent of them chose this winning design, which beautifully evokes a sense of community.</p><p>With the roll out of this new logo, it's a good time to reflect on the meaning of certification. CDFI certification signals the commitment that is made to a primary mission of promoting community development.  It means that the certified organization acts purposefully to improve the social and economic conditions of underserved communities, including offering responsible and affordable financial products and services, offering development services alongside those products and services, and holding themselves accountable to target markets in meaningful ways.  </p><p>There are now more than 1,100 financial institutions that are bound by these shared values.  I look forward to seeing how current and new CDFIs continue to grow and increase their impact!</p><p>Authorized representatives of currently certified CDFIs should have received the new logo and an accompanying resource guide from our Office of Certification, Compliance Monitoring and Evaluation earlier this week. If you did not receive it, or if you have any questions about the logo or how to use it, please reach out to our Help Desk at <a href=""></a>.  <br></p></div>Annie Donovan2018-08-14T14:09:00ZAround the CDFI Fund55GP0|#c8a5d5bc-32cc-47a9-88a8-702f1f974786;L0|#0c8a5d5bc-32cc-47a9-88a8-702f1f974786|CDFI Certification;GTSet|#52f34ab0-6f81-4fe6-b393-2715c7089532