• 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
  • Kiel Lopez-Schmidt Welcome Kiel Lopez-Schmidt, Community Vision’s new Central Valley Regional ManagerBy: Luba Yusim | January 29, 2018
    Category: Central Valley Community Vision Updates
    This month we welcomed Kiel Lopez-Schmidt, Community Vision's new Central Valley Regional Manager, to our team. Kiel comes to Community Vision with many years of experience in community-based architecture, food access, and more. Learn more about Kiel below and join us in welcoming him to our team. What were you doing before joining the team… 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
  • Q&A with Alice Rocha, Community Vision’s first Fresno-based staff memberBy: Luba Yusim | December 11, 2017
    Category: Central Valley Community Vision Updates
    Photo: Alice Rocha at the 2017 Fresno Community Facilities Challenge. Left to Right: Alice Rocha, Mary A. Rogier, Joanne Lee, and Karen Sullivan. For eleven years, Alice Rocha has spearheaded our Central Valley office, significantly increasing our ability to provide critical resources to the area. In January 2018, she will leave her full time role… 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
  • Community Vision Continues to Build Partnerships with Central Valley Community LeadersBy: Luba Yusim | August 15, 2017
    Category: Central Valley Community Vision Updates
    Over a decade ago, Community Vision committed to increasing our presence and focus in the Central Valley in response to high levels of poverty, unemployment, and vast inequity. For this reason, Community Vision supports local stakeholders in social equity and economic mobility by providing consulting and capital to nonprofits and social enterprises that promote equitable… Read More
  • Community Vision Partners with Community Alliance for Agroecology to Connect Bay Area Food Retailers with Central Valley FarmersBy: Luba Yusim | July 10, 2017
    Category: Central Valley Community Vision Updates Economic Development Healthy Foods
    Farm operations in the Central Valley and food businesses in the Bay Area enjoy a symbiotic, if imperfect, relationship.  The Bay Area represents a large marketplace for locally sourced and organic food produced by Central Valley farmers and manufacturers. Though the relationship can be mutually beneficial, small farmers often lack the capacity and finances to… Read More
  • Daniel Hlad Community Vision Updates: Partnering with and for Our CommunitiesBy: Luba Yusim | July 10, 2017
    Category: Community Vision Updates Consulting Oakland San Francisco
    At Community Vision we’re committed to the places where we live and work. We encourage our staff to be directly involved with their communities – from volunteering with local, direct-service organizations to serving on boards and committees. It's integral to our work that our staff are directly involved in our communities and take leadership positions to… 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