Commitment to the CDFI sector designed to significantly increase investment in communities and entrepreneurs that have experienced decades of underinvestment
CHARLOTTE, N.C., September 23, 2020 /3BL Media/ – Truist Financial Corporation (NYSE: TFC) today announced a $40 million initial donation to help establish CornerSquare Community Capital, a new national nonprofit fund that will support selected community development financial institutions (CDFIs) through the purchase of 25% loan participations.
By Marla Blow, Senior Vice President of Social Impact, North America, Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth
Inclusive growth ensures that the benefits of a growing economy extend to all segments of society, and research suggests that productivity is determined less by a person's skills and abilities, and more by their access to the vital networks that power the modern economy. But access to these physical, virtual and social networks is not equally available, and Black people have been deliberately excluded from these networks.
The consequences of global climate change are not a distant problem. They are real and plainly visible today. Raging wildfires are once again devastating forests across the Western United States, with smoke spreading east across the continent, causing unhealthy or hazardous air quality for millions. Just last month, monsoons wreaked havoc in India as a year’s worth of rain fell in just one month. History shows that it is the world’s poorest and most disadvantaged communities that bear the brunt of the financial blow that often accompanies climate events.
Furthering longstanding financial inclusion efforts to bring more people and small businesses into the digital economy, the company will bring equitable financial tools, investment and partnerships to cities across the U.S.
by Zoe So, Regional Director for Eastern & Southern Africa
The Whole Planet Foundation team is excited to introduce our new partnership with GGEM Farming, a young social enterprise operating out of Nkhotakota, on the shores of Lake Malawi. GGEM Farming is the first partner we are engaging under a new initiative to make our funding more accessible to early stage, locally-led companies. Such companies often have programs that are informed by deep knowledge of the local context, and the staff are rooted in the communities where they work.
CINCINNATI, September 15, 2020 /3BL Media/ — Fifth Third Bank, National Association, today announced an exciting new $1.2 million program called Innovation meets Main Street: Boosting Black Women-Owned Businesses, a partnership between AEO and LISC powered by Fifth Third Bank.
Whole Planet Foundation is a Whole Foods Market non-profit dedicated to alleviating poverty through microcredit around the globe in countries that supply stores with products. Currently, that's 25 communities in 19 cities in the Unitest States and 76 other countries. Microcredit is small loans - the current average first loan size is $174 - with no formal contract or collateral, provided to low-income entrepreneurs to create or expand a small business, mostly home-based, for the opportunity to generate income and lift themselves and their families out of poverty.
Moving money to Black-owned or Black-led financial institutions is officially a Fortune 500 trend. Biogen, the Boston-based biotech company working on a treatment for Alzheimer’s disease, is depositing $10 million of its capital into OneUnited, a national Black-owned bank, the company said Thursday morning.
CINCINNATI, September 3, 2020 /3BL Media/ – Fifth Third Bank, National Association, today announced that it has joined the Historically Black Colleges and Universities Partnership Challenge, sponsored by the HBCU Caucus. The bipartisan initiative strengthens public-private investments in HBCUs to ensure their future sustainability, increase career prospects for their students, and advance diversity and inclusion within all sectors of employment.