OFN Ally Locator

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  • work we do on behalf of the opportunity finance industry.

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INDIVIDUALS

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  • Christina Anthony
  • Diana Anzaldua
  • Dawanda Asberry
  • Jeremy Avins
  • Matt Brewster
  • Jon Brownell
  • Walter Burlack
  • Catherine Burnett
  • Beehuei Chang
  • Michelle Chapman
  • Andrew Cooke
  • Theresa Cole
  • Alane Dent
  • Barbara Eckblad
  • Jed Emerson
  • David Fehrenbacher
  • Sandy Fernandez
  • Diana Gallardo
  • Jerome Garciano
  • Scott Geller
  • Jayne Giles
  • Jodine Gordon
  • Peter Gray
  • Sheila Greenlaw-Fink
  • Michael Griggs
  • Sandra Griggs
  • Alan Harris
  • Laurie Harris
  • Rob Hammock
  • Tracy Janowicz
  • Dawn Johnson
  • Tina Johnson
  • Kim LaFranchi
  • Bryan Lee
  • Retha Leno
  • Anne Lufkin
  • Margaret Lund
  • Fran Lutz
  • Elaine Magil
  • Tom Manning
  • Ritesh Mantravadi
  • Michael McCreless
  • Tracy McMillan
  • Erica Mills
  • Ray Mendoza
  • John Moukad
  • Brian Nagendra
  • Carol Naughton
  • David Noble
  • Laurie O'Brien
  • Francis Onukwue
  • Brian Payne
  • Paula Planthaber
  • Pam Porter
  • Emilee Powell
  • Phebe Quattrucci
  • Terrence Ratigan
  • Mark Regier
  • Kathy Rock
  • Cliff Rosenthal
  • Michael Schaaf
  • Martin Schuh
  • Todd Sears
  • Mohna Shah
  • Al Shehadi
  • Regan St. Pierre
  • Teleange' Thomas
  • Mary Vasys
  • Barbara Vohryzek
  • Lisa Wagner
  • Thomas Washburn
  • Marcella Willis
  • Ted Yoch
  • Sean Zielenbach
  • Organizations

    Southeast Economic Development Fund, Inc. Ally Type: Organization
    Park Hills, MO

    Southeast Economic Development Fund, Inc.

    Contact Name: Keri McCrorey
    Phone Number:
    Category: CDFI
    Website: http://semodevelopment.org/

    Services Offered:

    Description:

    Southwest Initiative Foundation Ally Type: Organization
    Hutchinson, MN

    Southwest Initiative Foundation

    Contact Name: Scott Marquardt
    Phone Number: 320.587.4848
    Category: Service Provider
    Website: https://swifoundation.org/

    Services Offered:

    It’s been 30+ years since we were founded by The McKnight Foundation. In that time, we’ve become a trusted partner and a regional leader in making southwest Minnesota stronger. We work hard to make southwest Minnesota a great place.

    To do that, we:

    • Organize and support community leaders
      • We facilitate conversations, share ideas and get groups connected to our specific programs.
    • Educate and empower business and community leaders\
      • We help people understand and address the issues and opportunities facing their own communities.
    • Invest in economic development
      • We provide business loans, work with regional economic development professionals and address workforce issues like regional worker, housing, and child care shortages.
    • Capture resources
      • We work with donors who want to give back to the place they call “home.” We also work with funders who can support needed programs and projects in our communities.
    • Process many gifts and grants
      • We do the behind-the-scenes work for our 120+ fund partners, allowing our local volunteers to focus on community projects and connections.
    • Promote our region
      • We share southwest Minnesota stories and encourage residents and visitors to experience the many ways to build a life, pursue a career and have fun in this part of the stat

    Description:

    Southwest Initiative Foundation is an independent community foundation supported by individuals, families, businesses, and organizations who want to strengthen southwest Minnesota.

    Simply put, we do good work to help great people succeed.

    Sow Community Development Corporation Ally Type: Organization
    Chicago, IL

    Sow Community Development Corporation

    Contact Name: James Smith
    Phone Number: 773.675.0245
    Category: Other
    Website: https://sowcdc.org/

    Services Offered:

    asset based community development, affordable housing, commercial and residential development, small business development, Sow Community Development Corporation mentorship, community economic development , REO acquisition and rehab, new construction

    Description:

    Founded in 2014 Sow Community Development Corporation is an Illinois based 501(c)(3) Corporation, currently we are also approved to work in California, Indiana, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, Missouri, Pennsylvania, & Wisconsin. We also, have been certified by the U.S. Department of Treasury's Community Development Institution Fund as a Community Development Entity, and March 6, 2020 Sow was certified by Fannie Mae & HUD as a Non-Profit Agency with he ability to purchase HUD-REOs .



    Since 2017 we have worked with The National Community Stabilization Trust as a Community Buyer, where we've purchased over 109-properties from Fannie Mae & Freddie Mac, since January of 2018. Once purchased Sow CDC is responsible for the rehab and or redevelopment of each property. This program allows us to purchase and rehab foreclosed properties, and redevelop them for sale to new homeowners. Since 2018 we have also helped established and Opportunity Zone Fund (Reap Capital Partners), which we are working to access capital to rebuild & re-purpose vacant and abandoned buildings, and begin construction on single & multifamily Infill housing, and commercial & manufacturing developments.

    Spark CDI Ally Type: Organization
    Omaha, NE

    Spark CDI

    Contact Name: Jamie Berglund
    Phone Number: 402.819.4885
    Category: Other
    Website: https://www.sparkcdi.org/

    Services Offered:

    Loan Fund, Technical Assistance, Project Management

    Description:

    Spark’s mission is to profoundly transform disinvested neighborhoods into prosperous and thriving communities. Spark believes neighborhoods are filled with assets and they combine to make for a vibrant place to live. Spark works to connect neighborhoods to the resources they need to make change.

    Spruce Root, Inc. Ally Type: Organization
    Juneau, AK

    Spruce Root, Inc.

    Contact Name: Alana Peterson
    Phone Number: (907) 586-9251
    Category: CDFI
    Website: https://www.spruceroot.org/

    Services Offered:

    Small Business Technical Assistance / Lending

    Description:

    Description: Native CDFI serving 23 communities throughout Southeast Alaska

    Sweet Grass Consulting, LLC Ally Type: Organization
    Fort Collins, CO

    Sweet Grass Consulting, LLC

    Contact Name: Andrea Akers Mader
    Phone Number: 970.412.5836
    Category: Consultant
    Website: https://www.sweetgrassconsulting.net/

    Services Offered:

    Impact: Logic Models, Data Collection Instruments, Impact Measurement and Evaluation Database Creation and Management, Standardized and Custom Reports, Impact Measurement Procedures and Manuals​



    Research: Community Studies, Needs Assessments, Market Assessments, Feasibility Studies, Survey and Research Design, Data Collection and Project Monitoring, Surveyor Training and Monitoring, Data Analysis and Reporting



    Strategy: Organizational Strategic Consulting, Software Implementation and Customization, Processes and Procedures Enhancement, Meeting Facilitation, Training and Technical Assistance, Community Action Planning, Job Readiness Trainings, Program Manuals, Clients Maps, Workforce Development

    Description:

    Sweet Grass Consulting, LLC was established in 2014 and provides professional consulting services around impact, research, and strategy that promote and support asset-based initiatives in economically burdened communities. We assist for- and non-profits that are dedicated to promoting self-determination, equity, and well-being. Sweet Grass is committed to participatory methods and has a combined 30+ years of experience in impact, research, and strategy.

    The Aspen Institute Ally Type: Organization
    Washington, DC

    The Aspen Institute

    Contact Name: Joyce Klein
    Phone Number: 202.736.5800
    Category: Nonprofit
    Website: https://www.aspeninstitute.org/

    Services Offered:

    Description:

    The Aspen Institute has earned a reputation for gathering diverse, nonpartisan thought leaders, creatives, scholars and members of the public to address some of the world's most complex problems. But the goal of these convenings is to have an impact beyond the conference room. They are designed to provoke, further and improve actions taken in the real world.

    The Community Development Trust Ally Type: Organization
    New York City, NY

    The Community Development Trust

    Contact Name: Merilyn Rovira
    Phone Number: 212.271.5080
    Category: CDFI
    Website: www.cdt.biz

    Services Offered:

    Long term mortgages on affordable multifamily properties and high performing charter schools and non-tax advantaged equity investments to preserve affordable properties.

    Description:

    The Community Development Trust is a national lender and investor in affordable communities. Working with local, regional and national partners, CDT makes long-term equity investments and originates and acquires long-term mortgages. In its 20 years, CDT has invested over $1.7 billion in debt and equity capital in properties in 44 states and regions — helping to preserve and create approximately 49,000 units of affordable housing. CDT is a private real estate investment trust (“REIT”), a certified Community Development Financial Institution (“CDFI”), an approved Fannie Mae affordable housing lender and a member of the Federal Home Loan Bank of New York. As a CDFI and private REIT with a social impact mission, CDT operates as a double-bottom-line organization by utilizing creative financial solutions to provide debt and equity capital to underserved real estate markets, all while seeking attractive returns for it shareholders.

    The Democracy Collaborative Foundation Ally Type: Organization
    Cleveland, OH

    The Democracy Collaborative Foundation

    Contact Name: Steve Dubb
    Phone Number: (216) 282-3006
    Category: Nonprofit
    Website: http://democracycollaborative.org/

    Services Offered:

    Description:

    Through our cutting edge research and our many diverse programs, The Democracy Collaborative works to carry out a vision of a new economic system where shared ownership and control creates more equitable and inclusive outcomes, fosters ecological sustainability, and promotes flourishing democratic and community life.

    We are a national leader in equitable, inclusive and sustainable development through our Community Wealth Building Initiative. This initiative sustains a wide range of Advisory, Research and Field Building activities designed to transform the practice of community/economic development in the United States. We also host the Next System Project, ongoing intellectual work designed to connect Community Wealth Building to the larger context of systemic economic transformation.

    Our staff and associates are involved in a wide range of projects involving research, training, policy development, and community-focused work designed to promote an asset-based paradigm of economic development and increase support for transformative strategies among community stakeholders, anchor institutions, and key policymakers. As the premier innovator and leading national voice in the field of Community Wealth Building, we are known for our research and advisory services, as well as informing public policy, promoting new models and strategies, and establishing metrics to advance the field.

    Throughout this work, our mission is to catalyze the transformation of our economy, working to build community wealth and create a next system anchored in democratic ownership and based on:

    Broadening ownership and stewardship over capital, Democracy at the workplace, Stabilizing community and emphasizing locality, Equitable and inclusive growth, Environmental, social, and institutional sustainability

    The Fund for Jobs Worth Owning, Inc. Ally Type: Organization
    Northampton, MA

    The Fund for Jobs Worth Owning, Inc.

    Contact Name: Jonathan Ward
    Phone Number: 617.470.6743
    Category: Other
    Website: https://icagroup.org/jobsworthowning/

    Services Offered:

    Employee ownership financing

    Description:

    The Fund for Jobs Worth Owning supports the growth and development of employee-owned businesses while creating and sustaining jobs worth owning. We envision a future where workers lead and own democratic workplaces and shape political and economic systems. This new economy will support racial and gender equity, foster respect and inclusion, and create real opportunities for workers to cultivate wealth and autonomy. The Fund provides supportive gap financing, equity investments, and working capital solutions to help transition firms to employee ownership or to strengthen and grow existing employee-owned businesses. Specifically, the Fund invests in businesses that have support from cooperative development organizations or secondary cooperatives. We specialize in financing caregiver cooperatives in the child care and home care industries, although investments span multiple industries and are not limited to geographic region.

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