Empowering communities by fostering inclusive and equitable access to capital.
Intentionally building opportunities for all stakeholders to grow and lead in the development finance community.
Development finance stakeholders from marginalized and underserved communities often struggle to enter the development finance industry. The CDFA Foundation aims to help these historically excluded groups develop experience, knowledge, networks, and capabilities by intentionally building the opportunities and relationships necessary for all stakeholders to grow and lead in the development finance industry. As such, the foundation has built select programs to drive this inclusive engagement and open up the resources of the development finance industry at-large.

Financial support for the continuation and expansion of these programs is critical. Consider donating today to support inclusive engagement.


The Caren S. Franzini Fellowship

The Caren S. Franzini Fellowship was created to develop lasting women leaders in the field of development finance through an opportunity to work directly with CDFA Foundation through a six-month immersive educational and capstone experience.

Learn more about the Caren S. Franzini Fellowship here.

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The CDFA Foundation Scholarship Program

The CDFA Foundation Scholarship Program is designed to encourage professional development within the industry and support those in the development finance community who do not have the funds for registration fees.

Learn more about the CDFA Foundation Scholarship Program here.

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Advancing best practices to help development finance agency capital providers be proactive in reducing barriers to equitable lending.
Traditional approaches in the finance industry have contributed to significant disparities in access to capital for underrepresented borrowers. The CDFA Foundation works to remove these barriers by advancing best practices to help development finance agency capital providers develop and implement policies that make lending more equitable. This effort is driven by the guiding principles of behavioral change, financial innovation, character-based lending, technology engagement and operational lending efficiencies.

Upcoming Events

Intro Energy & Water Finance WebCourse
August 7-8, 2024
Daily: 12:00-5:00 PM Eastern

CDFA Tribal Finance Webinar Series: Layering the Capital Stack in Indian Country
October 15, 2024
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM Eastern

SSBCI Learning Series - Maximizing SSBCI's Impact in Rural America
October 29, 2024
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM Eastern

CDFA // BNY Development Finance Webcast Series: Navigating ESG in the Bond Market
July 16, 2024
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Eastern
Helping development finance agencies engage public and private sources of capital for all.

Many effective tools and programs for the development finance industry are underutilized because of limited awareness and information sharing within the industry. The CDFA Foundation brings these resources to forefront for driving equity and inclusion in access to capital.

Coming Soon