About Our CDFI
Community First Fund is a private, independent non-profit Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) whose mission is to provide capital in places where it is not usually available. We seek to create positive change in a community by providing entrepreneurs with access to business development loans for projects that generate jobs, create affordable housing and help to revitalize communities.
Our mission is to create financial equity through wealth building opportunities for individuals, families, and business owners, especially Persons of Color, women, and immigrants.
Our approach to building vibrant and healthy communities includes increasing development of affordable and market rate housing units, turning blighted and vacant buildings into community assets, creating educational opportunities for children, youth and adults, enhancing access to food and healthcare, and providing the resources necessary for job-creating businesses to start up and grow.
We are proud of the work we do and are fortunate to work with so many community partners throughout central and eastern Pennsylvania that are making a difference in their communities. We have financed small business and large-scale community development projects in the major small cities of Lancaster, York, Harrisburg, Reading, Allentown and Philadelphia. At this time, our services are available in certain counties in Pennsylvania (Adams, Berks, Bucks, Chester, Cumberland, Dauphin, Delaware, Franklin, Lancaster, Lebanon, Lehigh, Montgomery, Northampton, Perry, Philadelphia, and York), Delaware (Kent, New Castle and Sussex) and New Jersey (Camden).
Together, our leadership team has years of diverse experience in finance, community development, business loan administration for women, minorities and non profits and project management. Each member brings a unique perspective and high level of commitment to the table, ensuring that Community First Fund operates as an agile, forward-thinking CDFI organization.
We are committed to aligning capital with justice for low-income communities and low-wealth individuals, so we may increase opportunities for economic prosperity for all. We are driven to make a change by transforming lives, businesses and communities – one transaction at a time.
Our founders believed that everyone in the community had a right to make a decent living, deserved to reside in a safe, affordable home and should have the resources necessary to build a nest egg for the future.