Across the country, nearly 40 million Americans live in rural and urban neighborhoods where easy access to affordable, high-quality, and healthy food is out of reach. A new bill, introduced by Representatives Marcia Fudge (D-OH) and Dwight Evans (D-PA), addresses this critical issue by bolstering an existing program that has demonstrated success in improving access to healthy foods and spurring economic revitalization in underserved communities. The “Healthy Food Financing Initiative Reauthorization Act” would reauthorize the Healthy Food Financing Initiative (HFFI) program at United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Office of Rural Development, originally established at the agency in the Agricultural Act of 2014.Read More
Reinvestment Fund received a $70 million New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) allocation award today as part of the 14th round of awards announced by the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s CDFI Fund. Reinvestment Fund will use its award to finance high-impact projects that drive economic opportunity in struggling communities across the nation. Reinvestment Fund is among 73 awardees who received a total of $3.5 billion in awards this round.Read More
Reinvestment Fund today announced two exemplary nonprofits as the winners of its annual Community Champion Award. The Common Market Georgia, based in East Point, Georgia and beGirl.World, based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania received grant awards in support of their mission.
“We are delighted to honor these organizations that in many ways reflect our own values as an organization that is committed to creating opportunity for low-income communities,” said Amanda High, Reinvestment Fund’s Chief of Strategic Initiatives. “This unique award program is just in its second year but offers a small way for our staff to shine a light on outstanding local organizations that they deeply care about.”
The Community Champion Award is small grants program that recognizes nonprofit organizations that are aligned with Reinvestment Fund’s own mission. Awardees are selected by an appointed staff committee that makes its selection from a pool of organizations nominated by staff. The selection is approved by Reinvestment Fund’s Community Advisory Board.Read More
First Step Staffing is a nonprofit social enterprise based in Atlanta. Founded in 2007, First Step’s mission is to secure sustainable income for individuals transitioning out of homelessness, including veterans, re-entering citizens, and others with significant barriers to employment. With financing from several organizations, including Reinvestment Fund, First Step is expanding to Philadelphia.
As part of this effort, First Step has acquired a portion of the Philadelphia-based division of On Time Staffing—a for-profit staffing company founded 18 years ago specializing in warehouse, packaging, and manufacturing jobs—which will now become part of First Step’s nonprofit operations. First Step will collaborate with On Time Staffing, the City of Philadelphia, and other local social service providers to transition the approximately 700 acquired staffing jobs to serve the region’s homeless and at-risk men and women. In the first 12 months of operation in Philadelphia, First Step expects to employ 500 homeless men and women in the area and grow to serve more than 1,000 by year three.Read More
Reinvestment Fund’s CEO joins leaders from some of the largest nonprofit CDFIs to urge Congress to preserve New Markets Tax Credits.
Congress passed the NMTC in 2000 as part of a bipartisan effort to stimulate investment and economic growth in low-income cities, towns and rural areas that struggle to attract the capital needed to build new businesses and create jobs. The NMTC offers private investors a tax incentive for investing in businesses or economic development projects located in the nation’s highest-need communities—and, very importantly, it leverages those investment dollars to bring in more capital from other sources.Read More
GEEARS: Georgia Early Education Alliance for Ready Students, Learn4Life, Metro Atlanta Chamber, and Reinvestment Fund today announced the launch of ATL ACCESS Map, a new tool to explore the early learning landscape in Metro Atlanta. ATL ACCESS (Atlanta Child Care and Early Learning Supply Status) Map models the supply, demand, and gaps related to child care in the region. It identifies places where care is most scarce, and where investments are most needed.
Neighborhoods across the five-county metro region, which includes Fulton, DeKalb, Clayton, Cobb, and Gwinnett, have a shortage of early care and education services. Data estimates that there are as many as 262,000 children under five in the metro region who need access to care.Read More
Ten years ago, Reinvestment Fund launched PolicyMap with just two staff and a dream to democratize data and make location intelligence widely available and accessible. We have been gratified by PolicyMap’s growth over the years–with its 60,000 users and database of more than 40,000 indicators–and are excited to see it incorporate this month as a benefit corporation.
PolicyMap, a project first incubated at Reinvestment Fund 10 years ago with just 2 staff and a dream to democratize data and make location intelligence widely available and accessible, today announced that it has formally incorporated as a benefit corporation.
Benefit corporations are for-profit companies that meet higher standards of social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability, and aspire to use the power of markets to solve society’s most challenging problems. PolicyMap has always operated with a social purpose, and its conversion to a benefit corporation will allow the business to continue to grow while enshrining the original public purpose for which it was created.Read More