Building a Better Future

With a targeted focus on Black-led CDFIs, The Alliance is the first and only organization to create opportunities and cutting-edge best practices for Black-led CDFIs to collaborate, learn and succeed together.

Membership Benefits

The Alliance serves Black-led CDFIs Nationwide. Founded in 2018, The Alliance has grown with 56 Black-led community development financial institutions (CDFIs).

  • Advocacy

    We elevate the voices of Black community leaders by serving as a thought-leader for CDFI public policy issues and engaging in research that are in the best interest in the of Black CDFIs’ sustainability and stakeholders

  • Access to Capital

    Utilize research tools to elevate the disproportionate investment in Black-led CDFIs, and to advocate for a redistribution of capital flow to these CDFIs.

  • Peer Mentoring Programs

    Support to help lead and grow their institutional operations, teams, and social impact.

  • Training Opportunities

    Access to webinars and educational opportunities to help members build capacity and grow their CDFI.

Membership Highlights

Our members cover all 50 states and are focused on various sectors, including small businesses, affordable housing, commercial real estate development, education, and health.

Member Directory

Join Our Family

We offer two membership options for Black CEOs who are committed to our mission and are actively involved in the community and economic development. By becoming a member, we support and empower you and your organization to lead and grow your institutional operations, teams, and social impact.

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    Alliance Membership

    Alliance members are Black-led CDFI-certified organizations committed to the mission and purpose of the Alliance and actively involved in community and economic development, including lending, public policy, technical assistance, housing, commercial real estate, and related activities.

    • Black-led CDFI-certified organizations actively involved in community and economic development.

      • Access to Training Opportunities
      • Peer-to-Peer Mentorship Programs
      • Invitations to participate in the Alliance Working Groups
      • Awareness of possible funding opportunities
      • Attendance at the Alliance Annual Members Meeting
    • Annual – $1,000

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    Associate Membership

    Alliance Associate Members are Black-led organizations on their journey to become a certified CDFI. These organizations have solid foundations and are active in products that make them eligible to become a CDFI.  They’re committed to the mission and purpose of AAA and are actively involved in community and economic development, which includes lending, public policy, training, technical assistance, capacity-building, organizational development, and related activities.

    • The Alliance Associate Membership is open to Black-led organizations that meet the criteria as follows:

      • A documented 501c3 nonprofit or for-profit mission aligned with a recognized Board
      • Has been in operations for at least one year*
      • Has a lending product or planning the design of a lending product and support service necessary to becoming a certified CDFI
      • At least one dedicated staff member is responsible for planning, managing, and designing the organization’s efforts
      • Committed to the mission and purpose of the Alliance
      • Commits to all Alliance specialized webinars and training such as CDFI “101”

       

      Actively involved in community economic development, including small business lending, commercial real estate, venture capital, housing, technical assistance, and related activities.

      *Organizations meeting all the criteria listed except for being in existence for a year will be accepted and presented for approval.

    • The Alliance Associate Members receive:

      • Access to Training Opportunities
      • Peer-to-Peer Mentorship Programs
      • Invitations to participate in the Alliance Working Groups
      • Awareness of possible funding opportunities
      • Attendance at the Alliance Annual Members Meeting
    • Annual – $250 – $500

Become a Member

By becoming a member, we support and empower you and your organization to lead and grow your institutional operations, teams, and social impact.