• Community Vision program creates pathways for Fresno StudentsBy: Luba Yusim | February 27, 2018
    Category: Central Valley Community Facilities Community Vision Updates Consulting
    Photo: Former Community Facilities Challenge alums Jennifer Khy and Rudy Serrato with Mary Rogier, Community Vision's President For the past six years, Community Vision has partnered with Fresno State University (FSU) on the Community Facilities Challenge (CFC), a project where student teams compete to create solutions to real world nonprofit facility projects in their own community.… Read More
  • Announcing Spaces for Good: the place for nonprofit spaceBy: Luba Yusim | January 29, 2018
    Category: Blog Community Facilities Community Vision Updates Consulting
    By Joanne Lee, Community Vision's Director of Consulting Services. Cross-posted from the Foundation Center's Blog.  For years, Community Vision has been a leader in providing expert consulting services and resources that build the real estate and financial skills of nonprofits throughout Northern and Central California. These services complement our lending activities by ensuring that nonprofits… Read More
  • Oakland’s Destiny Arts Center recognized as one of the best creative arts programs in the United StatesBy: Luba Yusim | December 11, 2017
    Category: Community Facilities Consulting Oakland Youth
    Last month, Oakland’s Destiny Arts Center, a former Community Vision client, was recognized as one of the best creative arts programs in the country. With more than 25 years in Oakland, the after-school dance and performing arts nonprofit received the 2017​ ​National​ ​Arts​ ​and​ ​Humanities​ ​Youth​ ​Program​ ​Award​, the nation’s highest honor for these programs. The… Read More
  • Innovative assisted living community coming to ClovisBy: Luba Yusim | October 24, 2017
    Category: Affordable Housing Central Valley Community Facilities Lending New Markets Tax Credits
    The San Joaquin Valley community of Clovis is addressing a challenge shared by many others in Northern California: an increasing population of low- and moderate-income elders who need long-term care. Some elders already have Medi-Cal insurance and others spend down assets for care and become eligible for coverage. When some elders can no longer obtain… Read More
  • WCRC Women’s Cancer Resource Center moving to new, expanded spaceBy: Luba Yusim | September 20, 2017
    Category: Community Facilities Health Lending Social Services
    Founded more than thirty years ago, East Bay-based Women’s Cancer Resource Center (WCRC), began as a peer-to-peer organization offering support groups for women with cancer. Since then, the organization has broadened and diversified its programming to include a wider variety of services supporting people fighting cancer, especially low-income women. Serving more than 5,000 clients annually,… Read More
  • Niles Pie Building Economic Sustainability One Pie at a TimeBy: Luba Yusim | August 9, 2017
    Category: Economic Development Lending
    Nearly a decade ago, Carolyn Berke, a long-time baker, started baking and delivering pies locally in Niles and surrounding areas. She took orders online and delivered twice weekly to a few local establishments. Soon Niles Pie grew from a part-time endeavor to a full-time bakery. As the business grew, Berke looked for a permanent kitchen… Read More
  • Blog: Updates from Capitol HillBy: Catherine Howard, Senior VP of Programs | June 5, 2017
    Category: Affordable Housing Arts Blog Community Facilities Community Vision Updates Economic Development Health Healthy Foods Lending New Markets Tax Credits Social Services Youth
    Last month I represented Community Vision in Washington, DC, joining Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) colleagues from across the country to meet with legislators and their staff and advocate for continued federal funding for programs that CDFIs leverage to benefit low-income communities. As you might guess, May 2017 was an interesting time to be on… Read More
  • City announces $2.7 million in Nonprofit Sustainability Initiative grant awards for space acquisition and long-term leasesBy: Community Vision | May 30, 2017
    Category: Arts Community Facilities Consulting San Francisco
    Mayor Edwin M. Lee, the Office of Economic and Workforce Development (OEWD), Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development, the San Francisco Arts Commission, and the Community Vision with key partners today announced $2.7 million in grant awards to 13 neighborhood-serving nonprofit facilities. Read More
  • Berkeley Food and Housing Berkeley nonprofit responds to city homelessness with dedication and compassionBy: Luba Yusim | April 27, 2017
    Category: Affordable Housing Health Healthy Foods Lending
    For more than 45 years Berkeley Food and Housing Project (BFHP) has provided a holistic range of services to support homeless individuals and families. The organization offers housing, food and support services and is often the sole point of entry for anyone seeking homeless support services in Berkeley. Founded originally as a soup kitchen, the… Read More
  • Q&A with Nate Schaffran, the newest member of Community Vision’s lending teamBy: Luba Yusim | April 27, 2017
    Category: Community Vision Updates Healthy Foods Impact Investing Lending
    In April 2017 we welcomed Nate Schaffran to our lending team as a Senior Loan Officer. Nate joins Community Vision with many years of diverse experience in social impact lending, healthy food financing, and policy. Welcome, Nate!  What were you doing before joining the team at Community Vision? Most immediately, I was deputy policy director for… Read More