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Crowdfunding Resource Center

Many economic development agencies, non-profits, small businesses and entrepreneurs are turning to individual fundraising sources to support capacity building and business development. Crowdfunding is the practice of funding a project or venture by raising monetary contributions from a large number of people. This process is almost exclusively done over the internet, giving small businesses, entrepreneurs and organizations access to capital at a very broad level.

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-Understanding Crowdfunding

Crowdfunding is a useful tool for development finance professionals. CDFA has collected many resources to help you understand this important tool.

COVID-19 Weekly Briefing - Impact Investors' Responses to COVID-19
During the May 1, 2020 Weekly COVID-19 Development Finance Briefing, listeners heard how four prominent leaders in impact investing are responding to both the economic crisis and the public health crisis, learned about the types of solutions and partnerships they are actively engaged in, and how philanthropic impact investors can realign their strategies to help with recovery efforts.
CDFA // BNY Mellon Development Finance Webcast Series: Sourcing Local Capital for Community ProjectsMembers only Login
Communities that face socioeconomic challenges often lack the capacity to undertake the use of many financing tools that are used for economic growth and development. In urban, rural, and suburban communities alike, communities are exploring locally derived methods of developing access to capital. From crowdfunding to co-ops and creative investment approaches, during this installment of the CDFA // BNY Mellon Development Finance Webcast Series, we learned about the tools that are being used to bridge the financing gap and make local economies work.
Crowdfunding Takes FlightMembers only Login
Benji Taylor Jones from Ward and Smith, P.A. discusses crowdfunding.
EB-5 An IntroductionMembers only Login
An exploration of the EB-5 program including program specifics and how it ties in with crowdfunding.
CDFA // BNY Mellon Webcast Series: Locavesting: Revolutionizing Local InvestmentMembers only Login
This month's CDFA // BNY Mellon Development Finance Webcast , our expert speakers explored locavesting to demonstrate how to unlock this new and innovative development finance resource in your community.
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-Resources

COVID-19 Weekly Briefing - Impact Investors' Responses to COVID-19
During the May 1, 2020 Weekly COVID-19 Development Finance Briefing, listeners heard how four prominent leaders in impact investing are responding to both the economic crisis and the public health crisis, learned about the types of solutions and partnerships they are actively engaged in, and how philanthropic impact investors can realign their strategies to help with recovery efforts.
CDFA // BNY Mellon Development Finance Webcast Series: Sourcing Local Capital for Community ProjectsMembers only Login
Communities that face socioeconomic challenges often lack the capacity to undertake the use of many financing tools that are used for economic growth and development. In urban, rural, and suburban communities alike, communities are exploring locally derived methods of developing access to capital. From crowdfunding to co-ops and creative investment approaches, during this installment of the CDFA // BNY Mellon Development Finance Webcast Series, we learned about the tools that are being used to bridge the financing gap and make local economies work.
One Linden - Comprehensive Community Development PlanMembers only Login
Linden is a distressed neighborhood in Columbus, Ohio. This plan is designed to create a roadmap for safe neighborhoods, economic development and access to affordable housing, quality healthcare, education and employment opportunities in Linden.
Shared Kitchen ToolkitMembers only Login
This Toolkit is intended for everyone from kitchen entrepreneurs to startup nonprofits, from economic development agencies to producer networks, from food system groups to real estate developers. We hope this Toolkit also provides helpful guidance to existing food businesses and community kitchens (churches, community centers, schools and food access program kitchens) who seek to share their commercial kitchen space with entrepreneurs and food programs as an ancillary use.
Small Business Credit Survey 2019Members only Login
The Small Business Credit Survey (SBCS), a national collaboration of the 12 Federal Reserve Banks, delivers timely information on small business financing needs, decisions, and outcomes to policymakers, lenders, and service providers. The report findings provide an in-depth look at small business performance, debt holdings, and credit experiences, complementing national data on lending volumes and lender perceptions.
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-Case Studies

CDFA // BNY Mellon Development Finance Webcast Series: Sourcing Local Capital for Community ProjectsMembers only Login
Communities that face socioeconomic challenges often lack the capacity to undertake the use of many financing tools that are used for economic growth and development. In urban, rural, and suburban communities alike, communities are exploring locally derived methods of developing access to capital. From crowdfunding to co-ops and creative investment approaches, during this installment of the CDFA // BNY Mellon Development Finance Webcast Series, we learned about the tools that are being used to bridge the financing gap and make local economies work.
One Linden - Comprehensive Community Development PlanMembers only Login
Linden is a distressed neighborhood in Columbus, Ohio. This plan is designed to create a roadmap for safe neighborhoods, economic development and access to affordable housing, quality healthcare, education and employment opportunities in Linden.
CDFA // BNY Mellon Webcast Series: Emerging Structures for Investing in Low-Income CommunitiesMembers only Login
During this installment of the CDFA // BNY Mellon Webcast Series, John Haines with Mercy Corps Global Innovations along with Michael Schrader and Steven White with Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP discussed the financing structure that supported a place based specific solution for a community in need. 
New Funding Sources for Food-Related BusinessesMembers only Login
This directory provides an overview of various sources of financing that may be available to food hubs and other food-related businesses. This directory is a partial listing of what may be available across the United States; some examples may not be a good match with your particular circumstances. Many of the funding sources listed in this directory are available for local food-related businesses across the United States, but several additional funding websites are specifically for Michigan.
Creating a Crowdfunding EcosystemMembers only Login
Amy Campbell Bogie of the National Coalition for Community Capital discusses how to create a crowdfunding ecosystem with a focus on North Carolina.
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CDFA Virtual Summer School
August 3-13, 2020
Daily: 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM Eastern
CDFA Virtual Summer School is a two-week-long series of courses presented by the CDFA Training Institute. These courses qualify for the CDFA Training Institute's Development Finance Certified Professional (DFCP) Program. Participants may register for up to four courses during CDFA Virtual Summer School. Complete three courses, and you will have fulfilled half of the requirements for the DFCP Program.
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Intro Food Systems Finance WebCourse
December 9-10, 2020
12:00 - 5:00 PM Eastern
The Intro Food Systems Finance WebCourse examines the development finance programs that sustain a local food system and how investments in that system can drive economic development on a broader scale. Topics covered include federal, state, and local sources of capital, stakeholders involved in the financing process, and case study examples that showcase the variety of financing programs.
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-Upcoming Events

CDFA // BNY Mellon Development Finance Webcast Series: Financing Small Business Recovery After COVID-19
Tuesday, July 21, 2020
1:00 PM Eastern
During this installment of the CDFA // BNY Mellon Development Finance Webcast Series, join us for a discussion about the impacts of COVID-19 on access to capital and how finance tools have evolved to meet the growing needs of small businesses as the nation works towards economic recovery.
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CDFA Virtual Summer School
August 3-13, 2020
Daily: 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM Eastern
CDFA Virtual Summer School is a two-week-long series of courses presented by the CDFA Training Institute. These courses qualify for the CDFA Training Institute's Development Finance Certified Professional (DFCP) Program. Participants may register for up to four courses during CDFA Virtual Summer School. Complete three courses, and you will have fulfilled half of the requirements for the DFCP Program.
Register
Intro Food Systems Finance WebCourse
December 9-10, 2020
12:00 - 5:00 PM Eastern
The Intro Food Systems Finance WebCourse examines the development finance programs that sustain a local food system and how investments in that system can drive economic development on a broader scale. Topics covered include federal, state, and local sources of capital, stakeholders involved in the financing process, and case study examples that showcase the variety of financing programs.
Register
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-Webcasts

COVID-19 Weekly Briefing - Impact Investors' Responses to COVID-19
During the May 1, 2020 Weekly COVID-19 Development Finance Briefing, listeners heard how four prominent leaders in impact investing are responding to both the economic crisis and the public health crisis, learned about the types of solutions and partnerships they are actively engaged in, and how philanthropic impact investors can realign their strategies to help with recovery efforts.
CDFA // BNY Mellon Development Finance Webcast Series: Sourcing Local Capital for Community ProjectsMembers only Login
Communities that face socioeconomic challenges often lack the capacity to undertake the use of many financing tools that are used for economic growth and development. In urban, rural, and suburban communities alike, communities are exploring locally derived methods of developing access to capital. From crowdfunding to co-ops and creative investment approaches, during this installment of the CDFA // BNY Mellon Development Finance Webcast Series, we learned about the tools that are being used to bridge the financing gap and make local economies work.
CDFA // BNY Mellon Webcast Series: Strategies to Support Your Local Venture Capital EcosystemMembers only Login
During this installment of the CDFA // BNY Mellon Webcast Series, Lamont Price with the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development, Teela Spiller with the Atlanta Micro Fund, and Eric Clement with the NYCEDC highlighted several development finance programs that have proven effective in attracting venture and start-up capital.
CDFA // BNY Mellon Webcast Series: Emerging Structures for Investing in Low-Income CommunitiesMembers only Login
During this installment of the CDFA // BNY Mellon Webcast Series, John Haines with Mercy Corps Global Innovations along with Michael Schrader and Steven White with Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP discussed the financing structure that supported a place based specific solution for a community in need. 
CDFA // BNY Mellon Webcast Series: Crowdfunding Small Business DevelopmentMembers only Login
Crowdsourcing.org defines crowdfunding as “the use of small amounts of capital from a large number of individuals to finance a new business venture.” This financing mechanism has become immensely popular with entrepreneurs and small businesses as can be seen by the growth of websites such as GoFundMe and Kickstarter. States across the nation are adopting legislation to support this new style of finance. Some states have even partnered with crowdfunding providers or offered grant programs to encourage its use. During this installment of the CDFA // BNY Mellon Development Finance Webcast Series Diane Wolverton and Kim Vincent from The Local Crowd, LLC, Trey Sherwood from the Laramie Main Street Alliance and Katharine Czarnecki from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation present on the approaches their communities are taking to support crowdfunding.

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