Category: Opinion

Thank You

Thank You CRF USA Logo

By: Frank Altman, founding CRF CEO On my last day serving as CRF CEO, I can’t help but think of my very first day. On July 6th, 1988, alongside two others, I co-founded CRF with the goal of delivering capital to communities with a history of underinvestment. On that day nearly 35 years ago, I […]

CRF Publishes 2021 Annual Report

We’re excited to share CRF’s 2021 annual report!  Thank you to all our partners who made the impact highlighted in the report possible. Together, we can create a just economy that works for all.  We invite you to read the 2021 CRF annual report to learn more. To read CRF annual reports from previous years, please visit the […]

Board Member Spotlight: Andy Posner

Get to know CRF’s board members by reading our Board Member Spotlight series! Check out this ongoing series to learn more about each member, including why they joined the board, what goals they have for CRF and what they do for fun. In the newest edition of our Board Member Spotlight series, we’re featuring Andy Posner of Capital Good Fund. Read more […]

Celebrating National Dog Day: Sidewalk Dog

In celebration of National Dog Day, we had the pleasure of speaking with Alise Jarvis, founder of Sidewalk Dog. Sidewalk Dog is a media company that caters to dog-loving locals in Seattle, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Denver, and Chicago. The company provides content and resources for both first-time and long-time dog owners, along with dog-friendly recommendations for activities, events, […]

Board Member Spotlight: Calvin Holmes

CRF’s Board of Trustees is made up of leaders with extensive experience working in community development, financial services, and other sectors. Each board member brings a unique perspective to CRF and helps the organization achieve its mission to improve lives and strengthen communities through innovative financial solutions.  We want you to get to know our board members! Read our ongoing Board Member Spotlight series to learn more about each member, including why they joined the board, what goals […]

CRF Welcomes Gary Cunningham to Board of Trustees

MINNEAPOLIS – June 28, 2021 Community Reinvestment Fund, USA (CRF), a national nonprofit organization with a mission to improve lives and strengthen communities through innovative financial solutions, is excited to welcome Gary Cunningham, President and CEO of Prosperity Now, as the newest member to its Board of Trustees. Cunningham holds extensive community development experience, with […]

Kinfe Argaw Named 2021 Notable BIPOC Executive by Twin Cities Business Magazine

Congratulations to Kinfe Argaw, credit manager at Community Reinvestment Fund, USA (CRF), for being named a 2021 Notable BIPOC Executive by Twin Cities Business Magazine!  Kinfe has been an instrumental part of CRF’s lending activities since he joined the team in 2018. His efforts have increased CRF’s ability to deploy capital to more small businesses across […]

Celebrate Juneteenth by Supporting Black-Owned Businesses

Juneteenth honors the end of slavery in the United States and is a celebration of culture, history and pride for Black communities across the country. At CRF, we are celebrating Juneteenth by highlighting the tremendous contributions that Black-owned businesses have made on our country.   As of the 2020 census, there are approximately 124,551 Black-owned businesses in the United States making an economic […]

It’s Pride Month: Let’s Stand with Trans!

June is Pride Month in the US. It’s the perfect time to embrace our LGBTQIA friends and communities. We were delighted to speak with Roz Keith, the founder of Stand with Trans an organization dedicated to developing programs educational events, and support groups to serve transgender youth. Their mission is to provide the tools transgender youth need to […]