Consulting and Training Clients – Oct. 2013

The following organizations are currently receiving financial and/or real estate assessments to help them understand their financial position and plan for the future: Mercy Investment Services/Sisters of Mercy – the Sisters of Mercy reach out to the poor, sick and uneducated in their communities, providing support and services to the communities that need it the…

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Community Vision Brings Board Sense to Tulare County

Many people join the Board of a nonprofit because they care deeply about the issue an organization is addressing. But, what is the role of the Board of Directors, and how many people know what their duties are once they are on a Board? To help answer these questions, Community Vision has been invited by…

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Other Avenues Food Co-op Secures Their Place in the Community

Other Avenues is a worker-owned food cooperative in San Francisco’s Outer Sunset district where only the workers are members.  Workers manage the business democratically by making business decisions using the consensus model. Other Avenue’s mission is to provide food and supplies for sustainable lifestyles, supporting organic and local farms, and serving as a model for workplace…

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The Historic Strand Theater’s Second A.C.T.

Founded in 1965, American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.), is a Tony Award-winning theater and training institution that nurtures the art of live theater through dynamic productions, intensive actor training, and an ongoing engagement with the community. A.C.T. provides young people and educators opportunities to experience the transformative potential of dramatic storytelling—developing creativity, critical thinking, and collaborative…

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Community Vision Staff Members to Speak at OFN Conference

Community Vision is an active member of the Opportunity Finance Network (OFN), the national network of community development financial institutions (CDFIs) investing in opportunities that benefit low-income, low-wealth, and other disadvantaged communities across America.  Based in Philadelphia and active throughout the country, OFN represents the interests of 200 of the most effective and mission-centered CDFIs…

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Consulting and Training Clients – Sept. 2013

The following organizations are currently receiving financial and/or real estate assessments to help them understand their financial position and plan for the future: San Francisco Foundation – The San Francisco Foundation mobilizes resources and acts as a catalyst for change to build strong communities, foster civic leadership, and promote philanthropy. Neighborhood Thrift Store  – The…

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Destiny Arts: Ready for a Second Act

Many of you may remember the story we did about Community Vision’s consulting work with Destiny Arts.  Now Community Vision’s Lending Department is helping the organization finalize their journey to their new home. Destiny Arts Center – Destiny standing for De-Escalating Skills Training Inspiring Non-violence in Youth – is a nonprofit organization founded in 1988…

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Community Vision Gives San Francisco Jewish Film Festival Even More to Celebrate

The San Francisco Jewish Film Festival (SFJFF) goes beyond a once-a-year film festival, as the title of the organization would suggest. SFJFF is a year-round media arts organization that promotes awareness, appreciation and pride in the diversity of the Jewish people. Their programs are designed to create community and strengthen consciousness of Jewish identity, history…

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Consulting and Training Clients – Aug. 2013

The following organizations are currently receiving financial and/or real estate assessments to help them understand their financial position and plan for the future: Community Arts Stabilization Trust (CAST) – Works to increase the capitalization of community arts and cultural organizations in the Central Market neighborhood of San Francisco by working in partnership with community arts…

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LGBT Affordable Senior Housing Focuses on the Community’s Special Needs

Community Vision has closed a $4.46 Million loan on behalf of the Bay Area Transit Oriented Affordable Housing Fund (TOAH) to help finance San Francisco’s first and the country’s largest affordable housing specifically welcoming to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) seniors. Community Vision is one of six Community Development Finance Institutions (CDFIs) in the…

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Local Architect Brings Beauty to Central Market’s Arts Organizations

“Architecture isn’t just about putting a roof over your head,” says Mark Jensen, founder and Principal of Jensen Architects. “It’s about craftsmanship; merging functionality with artistic expression.” After graduating from Cal-Poly with a degree in Architecture, Mark spent three and a half years studying and working in Florence Italy, where he learned to approach architecture…

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