Announcing Spaces for Good: the place for nonprofit space

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…

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Oakland’s Destiny Arts Center recognized as one of the best creative arts programs in the United States

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…

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EOYDC

Tax Reform: Community Development Tax Credit Programs Under Threat

Photo: East Oakland Youth Development Center in Oakland, CA. Community Vision provided EOYDC with $8.5 million of New Markets Tax Credits (NMTC) toward a total project budget of $9.75 million to finance the renovation and expansion of its program and headquarters space. Last week, the US Senate approved the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act by…

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Q&A with Alice Rocha, Community Vision’s first Fresno-based staff member

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…

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Rebuilding after the fires: a message from the President

By Mary A. Rogier, Community Vision’s President  It’s been an especially difficult time for Northern California this month for anyone reading the news, thanks to a series of horrifying natural disasters which almost seemed to be coordinated – as if they are trying to send us a message. And maybe they are. For example, climate scientists…

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California legislative success paves the way for affordable housing development

By Guy Baldwin, Community Vision’s Policy, Research, and Information Manager  A legislative logjam that had blocked solutions to California’s housing crisis was cleared last month as the legislature passed, and Governor Jerry Brown signed, a suite of fifteen bills that add funding and remove roadblocks to affordable housing development. The result will be more opportunities…

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Innovative assisted living community coming to Clovis

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…

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WCRC

Women’s Cancer Resource Center moving to new, expanded space

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,…

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The time is now: advocate for the CDFI Fund

In a normal year, Congress sets appropriations for federal government agencies in July, debates them in September, and approves them in time for the start of a new fiscal year on October 1. But this is not a normal year, and it may be as late as December before we learn the fate of the Community…

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Dreamers

Community Vision stands in solidarity with Dreamers

On Tuesday, September 5, the Trump Administration announced that it is ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Since 2012, the program has protected more than 800,000 undocumented young adults from deportation and has offered them the opportunity to continue to grow and thrive as deeply rooted members of their communities. Since the initial…

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