FUND Community Institute (FUND CI) is a nonprofit think tank conducting independent studies, partner projects and commissioned research designed to encourage dialogue, share best practices, and promote innovation. FUND CI is a thought leader in the FUND Family of organizations, complementing the work of FUND Consulting, a women owned consulting firm serving CDFIs and mission driven organizations since 2000.
The FUND Family of organizations works collectively to facilitate positive social, economic, and environmental impacts in communities nationwide through consulting services, research, training, and facilitation of opportunities for knowledge sharing. FUND CI was founded by Ruth Barber in 2017, with a love for research and a strong desire to give back to the industry that helped FUND Consulting grow.
The mission of FUND CI is to build thriving communities through research, training, and facilitation of opportunities for knowledge sharing.
RESEARCH AND PROJECTS
On the heels of a noteworthy study on CDFI governing boards, FUND Community Institute conducted its first formal research project in 2017 on the role of Advisory Boards at CDFI organizations, the findings from which are available on the FUND Consulting blog. In 2018, the FUND CI team completed a landmark study on the role of women in the CDFI Industry titled “Perception vs. Reality: Women and Change in the CDFI Industry.” One of the key findings was that the CDFI industry has a long way to go in terms of achieving diversity and inclusion. To further investigate this issue, FUND CI conducted research in 2019 to identify the best practices of CDFIs that are recognized as being ahead of the curve in fostering diversity, equity, and inclusion both internally and externally.
- Perception vs. Reality: Women and Change in the CDFI Industry
- Credit Access for Women Owned Small Businesses Research Brief
- Advancing Equity: Diversity and Inclusion at CDFIs
Diversity and Inclusion at CDFIs
- Is DEI Language Important?
- Are your Recruiting and Hiring Practices Getting you the Staff you Want?
- How do CDFIs Organize their DEI initiatives?
Women and Change in the CDFI Industry
- Women Identify Gender Issues in the CDFI Industry
- Advantages to being a woman in the CDFI industry
- How are women represented on your CDFI board?
- Women as Leaders at CDFIs
- Investing in the Future of Women
- CDFI Industry Resources for Women
- What do Men in the CDFI Industry Think?
CDFI Boards and Fundraising
- An Introduction
- What do CDFI Boards Look Like?
- What Skills are Sought After on CDFI Boards?
- Board Committees
- Barriers to Fundraising
- Strategies for Board Engagement in Fundraising
- How Much Money do CDFI Boards Raise?
- Considerations for Increasing Board Member Fundraising
The Role of Advisory Boards at CDFI Organizations
- CDFI Advisory Boards: Going Beyond Accountability
- What do CDFI Advisory Boards do?
- Why do CDFIs establish Advisory Boards?
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