Empowering Black-led CDFIs to Create Wealth in Black Communities

Black-led community development financial institutions (CDFIs) are at the forefront of channeling financial resources to Black communities across the country.

However, white-led CDFIs have six times the assets that Black-led CDFIs do, and while white-led CDFIs’ assets have increased over time, Black-led CDFIs’ assets have remained stagnant.

Lenwood Long, the President and CEO of the African American Alliance of CDFI CEOs (The Alliance) is on a mission to change that.

The Alliance supports and empowers CDFI CEOs to lead and grow their institutional operations, teams, and social impact.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • The difference between CDFIs and other financial institutions.
  • Helping Black-owned businesses become more bankable.
  • Black-led CDFI’s role in increasing wealth in Black communities.
  • How racism leads to the underfunding of Black-led CDFI’s
  • The $125 million Black Renaissance Fund.
  • His thoughts on the future of Black-led CDFI’s.

-Tony O. Lawson


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