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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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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Community Vision Continues to Build Partnerships with Central Valley Community Leaders

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…

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Niles Pie

Building Economic Sustainability One Pie at a Time

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.

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Advocacy to Preserve Community Development Financial Institution Funding

In May 2017 Catherine Howard, our Director of Strategic Initiatives, represented Community Vision at Opportunity Finance Network’s Advocacy Day which included legislative visits to the offices of Senators Feinstein and Harris and Representatives Jim Costa and Jimmy Panetta. In addition, Community Vision’s policy activities have been focused on the Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) Fund budget and…

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Community Vision Partners with Community Alliance for Agroecology to Connect Bay Area Food Retailers with Central Valley Farmers

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…

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Daniel Hlad

Community Vision Updates: Partnering with and for Our Communities

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…

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Blog: Updates from Capitol Hill

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.

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Community Vision receives highest independent rating from Aeris

Independent, third-party rating viewed as a mark of transparency and accountability Last month, Community Vision was notified that we received a four-star impact performance rating with policy plus and AAA financial strength and performance rating from Aeris. Aeris provides comprehensive, third-party assessments of a community investment fund’s financial strength, performance and impact.

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