The NFL announced $78 million in borrowing from 16 MDI's and CDFI's, 10 of which are CDBA members. The NFL is establishing relationships with diverse financial institutions to provide new economic opportunities typically only available to larger financial institutions and to increase the diversity of its banking partners. Additionally, the new business opportunities will help fund growth, increase investment back into the communities they serve and create broader visibility for the institutions themselves.
Several large banks and other companies and foundations have secured $1 billion of committed deposits for financial institutions that focus on underserved communities, but organizers say those efforts are still in their early stages.
CDBA Advocates for Environmental Justice in Marginalized Communities
The African American Alliance of CDFI CEOs (The Alliance) is excited to announce that Community Development Bankers Association (CDBA) has joined the Community Builders of Color Coalition (The Coalition). Together with CDBA, The Alliance and other Coalition members will fight for equity in the EPA’s administration of the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund (GGRF), advocating that at least 40% of awarded capital benefit disadvantaged communities, mainly minority and low-income populations that have been disproportionately impacted by the effects of climate change.
After an introduction through CDBA, Optus Bank partners with CNote's Impact Cash Program in order to increase deposit levels and elevate its visibility. "Impact Cash was exactly what Optus was looking for," said Dominik. "Finding a new source of deposits that came from impact-minded corporations at low cost balanced the equity investments we received and allowed us to turn out more investments into the community to create impact."
Senators John Hickenlooper (D-CO) and Bill Cassidy (R-LA) are the newest members of the Senate Caucus. The Newly formed caucus has already proved instrumental in guiding the national policy conversation - On January 19, Mark R. Warner (D-VA) and Mike Crapo (R-ID), co-chairs of the bipartisan Senate Community Development Finance Caucus (CDFC), sent a letter to U.S. Department of Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen urging the department to consider all comments received in response to the CDFI application and Annual Certification and Data Collection Report (ACR).
Climate First Bank CEO, Ken LaRoe, has published an open letter directed to state policy makers proposing and adopting new legislation to limit or prohibit state governments from ESG investment.
Lawmakers from both parties say the Federal Reserve needs legislative authority to issue a digital dollar, but the two sides have so far been unable to find a balance between privacy and security that could overcome the partisan divide.
BOM Bank is opening Woodworth's first stand-alone full service bank. This will be the fifth location for BOM in the Rapides Parish, and means no more traveling for Woodworth residents.
BOM Bank won a $2 million loan for a train depot rehabilitation project. The Texas and Pacific Railway Depot has a deep connection to Natchitoches's African-American community. This rehabilitation project will preserve and commemorate that history.
U.S. Senator Mark Warner (D-VA) and co-chair of the new Community Development Finance Caucus spoke with American Banker about the future of community development, cybersecurity, and non-bank regulation.