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Starbucks and Opportunity Finance Network’s “Create Jobs for USA” Program Awards BCC Grant

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

On November 1st Boston Community Capital's Loan Fund received a $231,000 capital grant from the Create Jobs for USA Fund, a collaboration between Starbucks and Opportunity Finance Network (OFN). The money will help Boston Community Capital to create and sustain jobs in low-income communities as part of a national campaign to support small, community businesses.

Boston Community Capital is one of just 28 community development financial institutions (CDFIs), in the nation to win a grant in the inaugural funding roundThe grant was made possible by a $5 million seed contribution from the Starbucks Foundation. The Fund expects to raise tens of millions of dollars more, according to a spokesman, and one hundred percent of these donations will go to CDFIs to finance underserved community businesses, and help create and sustain jobs in underserved communities
 
Starting today, The Create Jobs for USA Fund is collecting donations at www.CreateJobsforUSA.org and at nearly 7,000 company-operated Starbucks locations across the country. 100% of the donations will support organizations like Boston Community Capital, lending for job creation and retention across the US. CDFIs that are Members of Opportunity Finance Network (OFN) will compete for these funds on a rolling basis.
 
Create Jobs for USA is making it possible for Americans who have $5 to share, help people who don’t have $5 to spare, by creating and retaining jobs in their communities,” explained Mark Pinsky, President and CEO of OFN. “Boston Community Capital received this grant because it has demonstrated that it will provide financing that is good for community businesses and good for communities.”                                                  
 
“We’re pleased that Starbucks recognizes the important work that CDFIs are doing, and honored that the Create Jobs for USA Fund has made a first-round grant to us,” said Elyse Cherry, CEO at Boston Community Capital. “Create Jobs for USA is unprecedented for the CDFI industry. It is shining a national spotlight on our work and will help Boston Community Capital to create and sustain jobs in low-income communities.”
 
Community development financial institutions (CDFIs) provide financing to community businesses in underserved markets where would-be community business owners may not qualify for credit from traditional lending institutions. Community businesses include small businesses, microenterprises, nonprofit organizations, commercial real estate developers, and affordable housing developers. All of these community businesses help to create and sustain local jobs.
 
Community business owners who would like to learn more about the program, or apply for a loan, can get more information at:http://opportunityfinance.net/findacdfi.
 
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About Opportunity Finance Network
Opportunity Finance Network (OFN) is the national network of Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs)—private financial institutions that are 100 percent dedicated to delivering responsible, affordable lending to help low‐income, low‐wealth, and other disadvantaged people and communities join the economic mainstream. CDFIs in the OFN network serve all 50 states, and OFN Member CDFIs originated more than $23.2 billion in financing in urban, rural, and Native communities through 2009. More information is available at: www.opportunityfinance.net
 
About Create Jobs for USA
Starbucks and Opportunity Finance Network have joined forces to help create and sustain jobs in communities across the country.Create Jobs for USA is a bold initiative to spark new financing to community businesses so they can hire and preserve jobs. Learn more or donate now at: www.createjobsforusa.org