Coalitions & Memberships

Causes which further our mission of equitable economies

National Coalitions & Memberships

  • Opportunity Finance Network

    The leading national network of CDFIs, Opportunity Finance Network (OFN) shapes policy, conducts research, and creates partnership and programs that help our Members deliver high impact in financially stressed communities. Our Members offer responsible financial products and services in all types of communities—urban, rural, suburban, and Native—across the U.S. With our Members, investors, and partners, we connect communities to capital that creates jobs, supports small business, builds affordable housing, cultivates healthy food and energy efficiency, and promotes safe borrowing and lending. For more information, please visit www.ofn.org.

  • Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE)

    The Business Alliance for Local Living Economies, BALLE (pronounced “bahl-ee”), represents thousands of communities and conveners, entrepreneurs, investors and funders who are defying business as usual, and are building the ecosystem to accelerate momentum toward an economy that works for all. Our work is grounded in deep engagement with our Local Economy Leadership Network — made up of Fellows, investors, and foundations — as well as many partners. We bring people together across sectors, throughout the U.S. and Canada, who are using our Local Economy Framework to create healthy, equitable communities. For more information, please visit www.bealocalist.org.

  • Credit Builders Alliance

    CBA serves as a unique and vital bridge between our members and the major credit reporting agencies (CRAs). Our core services, CBA Reporter and CBA Access, provide nonprofits with both the ability and critical technical assistance to report loan data to the CRAs and to pull low-cost client credit reports for the purposes of financial education, outcome tracking, and underwriting. For more information, please visit www.creditbuildersalliance.org.

  • Main Street America

    Main Street America is a program of the National Main Street Center. We revitalize older and historic commercial districts to build vibrant neighborhoods and thriving economies. By partnering with organizations and leaders at the local, city, state, and national level, Main Street America protects the historic character of cities and towns across the country, and promotes shared prosperity. Our approach is comprehensive, inclusive, place-based and people-focused. For more information, please visit www.mainstreet.org.

  • Small Business Borrowers’ Bill of Rights

    The Small Business Borrowers’ Bill of Rights is a product of the Responsible Business Lending Coalition (RBLC), a network of for-profit and non-profit lenders, brokers and small business advocates. Coalition members share both a commitment to innovation in small business lending aimed at making credit more accessible, and serious concerns with the rise of predatory and irresponsible lending practices in the small business lending market. For more information, please visit www.responsiblebusinesslending.org.

  • Association for Enterprise Opportunity

    AEO is a national membership organization and voice of microbusiness development in the United States. For more than two decades, AEO and its hundreds of member organizations have helped more than two million entrepreneurs support themselves and their families and contribute to their communities through business ownership. For more information, please visit www.aeoworks.org.

  • TILT Forward Network

    The TILT Forward Initiative is a strategic program of the Association for Enterprise Opportunity (AEO) to develop and launch scalable product, capital and marketing solutions for CDFIs and community and nonprofit lenders. For more information, please visit www.tiltforward.com.

Local Coalitions & Memberships

  • Coalition for Nonprofit Housing & Economic Development

    The Coalition for Nonprofit Housing & Economic Development (CNHED) is a dynamic, 501(c)3 member association that supports the nonprofit housing and economic development industry in Washington, DC.  Since its inception in 2000, the organization has grown from 55 organizations to nearly 140 today. CNHED’s strength is in its convening power, highly successful advocacy, robust communications and information sharing, and equipping its members with tools and resources for their work. CNHED’s organizational members include nonprofit and for-profit affordable housing developers, housing counseling and service agencies, community economic development organizations, workforce and business development entities, lenders, intermediaries, and government agencies. For more information, please visit www.cnhed.org.

  • DC Chamber of Commerce

    As an advocate for the DC business community for 79 years, the DC Chamber of Commerce is the voice for all businesses in the city – small, medium and large. The Chamber creates a better environment to work, play and do business in the District. For more information, please visit www.dcchamber.org.

  • Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

    Founded in 1976, the Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is a membership driven organization that supports the economic development of the Washington, DC metropolitan region by facilitating the success of Latino and other minority-owned businesses and the communities they serve through networking, advocacy, education, and access to capital. For more information, please visit www.gwhcc.org.