CDFI Fund Impact Blog



Indianapolis Neighborhood Partnership Helps Artists Revitalize a Community Neighborhood Partnership Helps Artists Revitalize a Community<div class="ExternalClass0C7702A13971491E8776D52D3D3BDABD"><p>Artists’ colonies are often on the front lines of urban revitalization. Artists find neighborhoods where housing is affordable and contribute to its beautification and cultural development, which often attract attention. As the neighborhood grows in popularity, higher housing costs result oftentimes making it unaffordable for the artists who inspired the revitalization.</p><p><a href="/Documents/artist%20public%20residency.pdf" target="_blank">To read the full story, click here</a>.</p></div>2018-09-06T18:00:00ZLocal Impact57GP0|#8277eb4e-a3b6-4713-bde2-94831cb62f52;L0|#08277eb4e-a3b6-4713-bde2-94831cb62f52|Indiana;GTSet|#52f34ab0-6f81-4fe6-b393-2715c7089532;GP0|#c8a5d5bc-32cc-47a9-88a8-702f1f974786;L0|#0c8a5d5bc-32cc-47a9-88a8-702f1f974786|CDFI Certification
CDFI Fund Retires CIIS—Compliance Reporting is Now Live in AMIS Fund Retires CIIS—Compliance Reporting is Now Live in AMIS<div class="ExternalClass3AADD2DB67284B5A8940CC24A863EDB0"><p>Earlier this summer, the CDFI Fund <a href="/news-events/news/Pages/news-detail.aspx?NewsID=311&Category=Updates">announced</a> that it was integrating award recipient reporting into the Award Management Information System (AMIS). I am very happy to report that the transition is now complete and the Community Investment Impact System (CIIS), is officially retired. </p><p>Going forward, award recipients will now submit reports—including Institutional Level Reports (ILRs), Transactional Level Reports (TLRs), QEI Closeout Reports, and Sub-CDE Dissolution Reports—in AMIS. You are probably already well aware that <a href="">AMIS</a> is the CDFI Fund’s system for managing, administering, and monitoring CDFI Fund programs through each facet of their life cycle—including certification, awards and allocations, data analysis, and reporting. </p><p>AMIS will provide a more reliable and user-friendly interface for the submission of compliance reports. Improving the customer experience is a key priority. Ensuring that we provide a straightforward method for awardees to fulfill their compliance obligations is one way we can make good on our commitment to ease the “customer experience,” as outlined in the <a href="/Documents/Final%20Strategic%20Plan%20102516.pdf" target="_blank">CDFI Fund’s strategic plan</a>.</p><p>Some benefits that users should notice immediately are that the system is now reliably available, the need to synchronize organizational profiles across multiple systems is now unnecessary and the ILR reporting requirement has been eliminated for CDFIs.</p><p>To help familiarize users with the new system, the CDFI Fund has developed <a href="/Pages/ciis.aspx">guidance and instructional material </a>as well as <a href="/Pages/amisreporting.aspx">presentations </a>(recorded webinars will soon be available on our website) that walk CDFIs and CDEs through the process of compliance reporting in AMIS.</p><p>Questions regarding compliance and reporting should be directed to the CDFI Fund's Help Desk via: an AMIS Service Request; e-mail at <a href="" target="_blank"></a> or phone at (202) 653-0421. Questions related to the AMIS system can be directed to the Information Technology Support Help Desk through: an AMIS service request; email at <a href="" target="_blank"></a>; or phone at (202) 653-0422. As always, we look forward to your inquiries.</p><p><i>Annie Donovan is Director of the CDFI Fund</i></p> </div>Annie Donovan2018-09-04T14:00:00ZData and Research56GP0|#677f9ba4-605b-4516-807b-920bec1191e3;L0|#0677f9ba4-605b-4516-807b-920bec1191e3|Compliance Monitoring;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