Episode 23 – Recovery Lending at Scale with Connect2Capital

The full impact of the COVID-19 pandemic is not yet known, but one thing is certain: PPP loans and other short-term emergency loan programs will not be enough to save many small businesses. Community Reinvestment Fund is mobilizing its one-stop-shop business lending platform, Connect2Capital, in order to ensure the survival and long-term success of businesses […]

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Episode 20 – Tapping Corporate Treasury to Capitalize CDFIs

CDFIs have long relied on a few mainstays for capitalization–banks, foundations, and the CDFI Fund. Recently, though, we have started to see increased investment interest from non-bank corporations. Today’s episode profiles one of the CDFIs that has been doing this the longest and with the most success, as demonstrated by a high-profile $50 million investment […]

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Episode 12 – Changes in the Small Business Lending Landscape

Mark Barbash joins the impact lenders podcast to talk about the changing landscape of the small business lending sector, and how impact lenders can best respond to it. The declining number of community banks and the proliferation of online lenders has shifted the small business lending environment dramatically. Impact lenders need to understand these market […]

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Episode 11 – Reforming CRA

The Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) motivates a substantial portion of bank investments into CDFIs, and as budgets for community development programs shrink, its importance continues to grow.  The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency recently released an advance notice of proposed rulemaking seeking comment on reforms to CRA, highlighting the likelihood that changes are […]

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