Also by Reinvestment Fund

Our Work in the Southeast

Reinvestment Fund is a mission-driven financial institution committed to making communities work for all people. As a federally certified community development financial institution (CDFI), we bring financial and analytical tools to partnerships that work to ensure that everyone has access to essential opportunities: affordable places to live, access to nutritious food and health care, schools where their children can flourish, and strong, local businesses that support jobs.

While we have a national reach, we are deeply invested in the Southeast region, which includes Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.

Our Work

Since our founding, we have disrupted inequitable investment practices and driven measurable impact. We bring capital into communities by supporting and partnering with businesses and organizations that are motivated by a common mission—to expand opportunities. We work in places and sectors underserved by traditional capital sources. We support entrepreneurs and organizations with big ideas, who struggle to get capital because they cannot access generational wealth, or because their track records or project types don’t match the expectations of traditional lenders.

We also use data to understand markets, communities, and impediments to opportunity—and how investment and policy decisions can have the most powerful impact. We are part of coalitions that work to shift how entire sectors work to dismantle systems that perpetuate social and economic inequality.

Our first project in the Southeast was a Market Value Analysis for New Orleans in 2012. In 2017, we opened a permanent office in Atlanta to provide a gateway for stronger partnerships and deeper investment in the region.

By tailoring financing solutions, fostering local partnerships, building coalitions, and informing strategies for tackling systemic injustices, we are charting paths and forging collaborations that catalyze positive, lasting impact in the Southeast.

Immediate and Lasting Impact

Our work in the Southeast includes lending to a range of sectors including affordable housing development, early childhood education, adaptive reuse projects, healthy food access projects and K-12 education facilities.

We also offer the full breadth of our policy solutions services from the market value analysis that looks at residential real estate data to inform community revitalization and manage neighborhood change to early childhood education analytics designed to help cities identify gaps in access.

In 2020 alone, we originated $75.5 million in loans supporting  high-impact projects in the Southeast. Those investments resulted in 603,000 square feet of commercial or community space created, rehabilitated, acquired, or preserved; 351 permanent jobs created or retained; 873 K-12 education seats created or retained; and 361 homes created, rehabilitated, acquired, or preserved.

Learn more about our projects in 2020

Collaborative Approach

Across the region, Reinvestment Fund has established partnerships with a range of stakeholders to engage deeply in the places we invest.  From city governments to neighborhood organizations, big banks to fellow CDFIs, and national foundations to local leaders, we coordinate impactful partnerships that revitalize communities so that residents can thrive.

We are grateful for the many partners and funders who make our work possible. We are also humbled by the work of our partners: the CDFIs, nonprofits, community organizations, and small businesses working to fuel opportunity so that communities can thrive. Together they have helped us channel capital to projects ranging from new homes and schools to quality jobs and neighborhood businesses that need them.

Partner with us — reach out to:

Christina Szczepanski
Managing Director, Southeast
Olivia Chatman
Associate, Food Initiatives
Khaliff Davis
Director, K-12 Education
Natasha Dowell
Lending Associate, Southeast
Yonina Gray
Director of External Relations