The Treasury Department announced that banks that are certified as community development financial institutions (CDFIs) can utilize funds from the government’s $700-billion financial rescue package. CDFI banks will be able to use these new funds to finance projects and activities such as small businesses, developing and operating community facilities, or constructing housing in low-income communities. This is a win for a coalition of Foundation-supported organizations, including the CDFI Coalition, the Opportunity Finance Network, ShoreBank, and the National Federation of Community Development Credit Unions. To date, MacArthur has provided almost $300 million in grants and program-related investments to CDFIs in the U.S.
Community & Economic Development
The Foundation supports prevention of youth violence and the use of information technology to enhance governance, the social sector, and quality of life. MacArthur is exploring new ways to understand the challenges faced by cities around the world, and how to plan, manage, and govern to address them.