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\"FUNDFUND 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.

Emily Sipfle currently serves as Executive Director. FUND CI welcomes research inquiries and partnerships in support of the CDFI industry. Contact us at esipfle@fundci.org or 773-570-5998.