Creating Measurable Impact in Neighborhoods

South Shore Brew

Vibrant café reflects and inspires South Shore Chicago while employing and supporting local youth.

Cable being made

American Cable

Many great businesses began in a garage, just like American Cable Company. Despite difficult times, the business never gave up and neither did CRF.

CRF and US Bank partnership including leadership from both organizations

U.S. Bank Referral Partnership

A blueprint for broader collaboration between CDFIs and retail banks that will ultimately help thousands of small business owners access the capital they need.


Karibu Grocery and Deli

Welcoming a new neighborhood business in a community on the cusp of transition, while creating jobs and inspiring future change.

Arubah, owner of Healing Center

Arubah Emotional Health Services

Filling a critical need for mental health and wellness services in an underserved community of color.

Alicia of The Buttered Tin

The Buttered Tin

Launching a beloved woman-owned restaurant and bakery that wouldn’t have existed without help from CRF and its partners.

Chicago park and skyline

Chicago Ecosystem

CRF and its partners spent nearly a year assessing Chicago’s small business ecosystem and identifying gaps and advantages for investment.

City Street Corner, Under a Walkway. A Park is across the street, with city-buildings behind the park.

Detroit Ecosystem

CRF and dozens of community partners are making home ownership more accessible and affordable for hundreds of Detroiters.

Urban Roots Employees

Urban Roots

Offering job opportunities and changing lives for returning citizens struggling with employment after incarceration.

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