• Blog: Implementing a Social Impact Rating System: Increasing Impact Through Data-Driven Decision Making October 13, 2016   By Ross Culverwell, Community Vision's Chief Lending Officer At Community Vision we’ve been committed to addressing issues of social and economic disparities throughout California for nearly 30 years.  While our staff have always informally assessed whether our loans meet our mission of promoting economic justice and alleviating poverty, we saw the benefit of developing… Read More
  • CDFI Fund Awards Community Vision Receives $5 M in Grants Through CDFI Financial Assistance and Healthy Food Financing September 29, 2016 San Francisco — The Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Fund of the U.S. Treasury announced awardees of its 2016 CDFI Fund Financial Assistance (FA) and Healthy Food Financing Initiative (HFFI) Awards. The Community Vision (Community Vision) received a $2 million FA award and a $3 million HFFI award. Community Vision will use the FA award to… Read More
  • Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco Awards Grants to Two Local Nonprofits through Community Vision Sponsorship September 12, 2016 We are pleased to have partnered with Richmond Main Street Initiative (RMSI) and Restaurant Opportunities of the Bay Area (ROC – The Bay) in obtaining grants through the Federal Home Loan Bank (FHLB)’s Access to Housing and Economic Assistance for Development (AHEAD) program. Through our membership with the FHLB, Community Vision was able to sponsor… Read More
  • Q&A with Esperanza Pallana, the New Member of Community Vision’s Strategic Initiatives Team September 12, 2016 Our Strategic Initiatives team supports Community Vision in developing and supporting community development initiatives that increase our impact and support the low-income communities we serve.  In August 2016 we welcomed Esperanza Pallana, who supports our efforts in increasing access to healthy foods throughout California.  Esperanza comes to Community Vision with over 15 years in food systems, environmental… Read More
  • California FreshWorks Fund Update & Listening Session July 28, 2016 Join us in Fresno to hear an update on the California FreshWorks Fund and provide input on how we can better support the financing needs of healthy food enterprises. We welcome local food enterprises, advocates, investors and community development professionals who might take advantage of FreshWorks as a healthy food financing tool.   Únase a… Read More
  • Community Vision new Program Executive of California FreshWorks Fund June 14, 2016 Community Vision is delighted to be the new executive of the California FreshWorks Fund, a healthy food financing initiative that has invested over $70MM in improving healthy food access in California’s low-income communities. As the new executive of FreshWorks, Community Vision will build on the significant successes the Fund has already achieved over the last… Read More
  • Cilent Spotlight: Ag Link, Inc June 14, 2016 Ag Link is a food hub and aggregator located in Ballico (Merced County). Ag Link connects products from local farmers and producers to institutional buyers, with a focus on Unified School Districts. Ag Link serves as an important connector in the regional food system, growing the marketplace for local producers, while creating an opportunity for… Read More
  • California FreshWorks Yields Healthy Returns June 14, 2016 Independent Study Finds that Food Financing Initiative  Increases Access to Fresh, Affordable, and High Quality Food While Creating Jobs in “Food Deserts” Evaluators Say Initiative Already Making a Difference and Positioned for Greater Success Ahead   Los Angeles—An independent evaluation of California FreshWorks finds that the program has increased access to healthy food and produced… Read More
  • New Grocer Coming to Northwest Fresno June 13, 2016 Community Vision, the Program Executive of the California FreshWorks Fund, has provided $6MM in NMTC financing to support the development of a new, 45,000 sqft, full-service Vallarta Supermarket in northwest Fresno. The new supermarket will bring quality food options to a neighborhood with very limited access to fresh foods. This will be Vallarta’s third store in Fresno,… Read More
  • San Francisco LGBT Center to undergo exciting expansion June 7, 2016 Just in time to celebrate LGBT Pride month, Community Vision is pleased to announce that it has deployed $7.5M in New Markets Tax Credits (NMTC) to the San Francisco Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Community Center in support of the organization’s current renovations. The project will transform the 37,000 square foot Market Street facility… Read More