Black Cultural Zone: Building Power and Partnerships in East Oakland

In 2014, the Eastside Arts Alliance along with local nonprofit partners formed the East Oakland Black Cultural Zone Collaborative (the Collaborative). The Collaborative grew out of a community-driven solution to the decades of disinvestment in East Oakland neighborhoods and the displacement of long-term residents and businesses.

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The Central Valley Empowerment Alliance (CVEA): Strengthening Central California’s Communities

The Central Valley Empowerment Alliance (CVEA) was established as a nonprofit in 2019 by Mari Perez-Ruiz, who grew up in Visalia among a migrant farmworker community. CVEA serves  residents who live in Kern, Tulare, Kings, Fresno, and Madera counties by promoting access to affordable housing, quality education, food, and health care, as well as creating civic engagement and leadership development opportunities. 

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US Supreme Court Overturns Liberty and Bodily Autonomy

Today, the United States Supreme Court took the dreaded step to overrule Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey with its decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health. The reality is that we now have free states and non-free states when it comes to bodily autonomy. Such an action runs counter to advancing dignity, equal justice and self-determination. Cornerstone values that generations have sought to achieve.

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Community Vision and Genesis LA Convene 27 Groups to Address Capital and Capacity Barriers Faced by Community-Based & BIPOC-led Developers

Twenty-seven groups from across California convened in Fresno last week to advance locally-owned & controlled real estate, created by developers of color rooted in local communities across the state.
The convening was part of California Community-Owned Real Estate program (CalCORE), a five-year state-wide initiative led by Community Vision and Genesis LA. CalCORE’s mission is to address barriers to capital and capacity building that many community-based developers and developers of color face.

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Juneteenth Commemoration Calls Us to Action

Across the country and around the world families, friends and communities are joining together to commemorate and celebrate Juneteenth, Freedom Day.As much as it is a day of celebration, it is also a reminder that racial trauma and harm continues. It is a day that calls on us to continually commit to centering Black communities and ask ourselves what more we can do.

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Investor Spotlight: Laura Oldanie

This Investor Spotlight features Laura Oldanie, a green living and money coach, who provides guidance to individuals on how to cultivate true wealth and financial resilience in uncertain times. Laura became an investor in 2021 after learning of Community Vision by researching options for non-accredited investors, such as herself.

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Aedan Koji Kitchen- A space for nourishing food and community

Mariko Grady is the founder and owner of Aedan Koji Kitchen, which specializes in handcrafted fresh koji, an enzyme-rich ingredient that is the starter for food products like miso and amazake. In 2011, Mariko began selling her miso to raise funds for people who were impacted by the tsunami in Japan. The growing popularity of…

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VP of Finance

Welcome Wil O. Mendoza, Community Vision’s VP of Finance

Community Vision is excited to welcome Wil O. Mendoza as our Vice President of Finance. Wil is an accomplished professional with over twenty-seven years of experience in the financial services industry with extensive professional experience in finance including areas such as commercial, surety, and consumer underwriting, client portfolio management, supervising & training personnel, and sales & acquiring relationships.  

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Announcing CalCORE’s Second Cohort of Small & Emergent Developers

This second cohort focuses on acquiring and operating commercial real estate, including retail, nonprofit, light industrial, and mixed-use spaces. Over the next year, each participating organization will receive virtual and in-person learning sessions, one-on-one technical assistance, a stipend for their time, and network building opportunities with real estate service providers.

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Back in Business Small Business Grant Awards

Back in Business Grant Program Awards $200,000 to 11 Small Businesses

Community Vision Capital & Consulting is excited to share that the Back in Business program awarded a total of $200,000 in COVID-recovery grants. The grants range from $6,000 – $20,000 and were awarded to 11 small businesses in Fresno, San Francisco and Solano Counties. As part of a small business development strategy to provide catalytic…

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Mayor London Breed Announces $3.3 Million in Funding to Support Community Nonprofit Organizations

San Francisco, CA — Mayor London N. Breed, the Office of Economic Workforce Development, Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development, San Francisco Arts Commission, and Community Vision Capital & Consulting today announced $3.3 million in awards for nonprofit space acquisition and lease stabilization. The San Francisco Nonprofit Sustainability Initiative (NSI) provides funding to community organizations, including neighborhood arts and cultural institutions, to protect and expand critical services for residents. 

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Board Member Announcement

Community Vision Welcomes Nikki Beasley to our Board of Directors

Join us in welcoming Nikki Beasley to Community Vision’s Board of Directors. Nikki officially joined as a board member in February, and will serve on the Lending Committee. She brings more than 25 years of professional experience in retail banking, insurance, investment, and business development.

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