CDFI Fund Impact Blog



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
Apache Railway Once Again Rules the West Railway Once Again Rules the West<div class="ExternalClassA0AC20F6A25C4C1B9B0ABAF3EE70DF7F"><p>In 2012 the Catalyst Paper Mill closed in Navajo County, AZ. The closure of the mill sounded the death knell for the historic Apache Railway in the Town of Snowflake, AZ. The Apache Railway is a critical piece of rural Arizona infrastructure, necessary for connecting Navajo County and Snowflake to markets across the Southwest.</p><p><a href="/Documents/Clearinghouse%20CDFI%20Apache%20Railway%20Impact%20Story%20072018.pdf" target="_blank">To read the full story, click here</a>.</p></div>2018-07-26T19:52:00ZLocal Impact54GP0|#c8a5d5bc-32cc-47a9-88a8-702f1f974786;L0|#0c8a5d5bc-32cc-47a9-88a8-702f1f974786|CDFI Certification;GTSet|#52f34ab0-6f81-4fe6-b393-2715c7089532;GP0|#4320b102-ede8-40d7-a844-8f0072cd743c;L0|#04320b102-ede8-40d7-a844-8f0072cd743c|Arizona
Community Coalition Strengthens Its Home Base Coalition Strengthens Its Home Base<div class="ExternalClassB65073C653274FEE8707FF1A59141B49"><p>Los Angeles’ Vermont Knolls neighborhood is a high-need community of approximately 22,000 residents of which nearly one-third have incomes under the federal poverty level. Fifty-five percent of residents have less than a high school diploma, which results in limited job and economic opportunities. There is also a severe shortage of community spaces available to deliver critical social and human services.</p><p><a href="/Documents/LIIF%20Community%20Coalition.pdf" target="_blank">To read the full story, click here.</a></p></div>2018-06-27T18:00:00ZLocal Impact53GP0|#c8a5d5bc-32cc-47a9-88a8-702f1f974786;L0|#0c8a5d5bc-32cc-47a9-88a8-702f1f974786|CDFI Certification;GTSet|#52f34ab0-6f81-4fe6-b393-2715c7089532;GP0|#4d230602-4377-4c23-b8a7-fde38da73dda;L0|#04d230602-4377-4c23-b8a7-fde38da73dda|California;GP0|#a52ce078-0bf5-4ef8-aa4b-0b66902683da;L0|#0a52ce078-0bf5-4ef8-aa4b-0b66902683da|Capital Magnet Fund