CDFI Fund to Hold National Listening Tour

The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Community Development Financial Institutions Fund (CDFI Fund) announced a national listening tour to solicit public opinion regarding a new strategic framework for the CDFI Fund. Intended to foster discussion and engagement among local community development leaders and practitioners, the listening tour will be co-hosted by CDFI Fund Director Annie Donovan alongside the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City-Denver Branch, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, Federal Reserve Bank of New York, and Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta.

“I’m excited for the opportunity to hear from communities about what we’re doing well and what the CDFI Fund can do better to support economic growth and access to capital in areas that need it most,” said CDFI Fund Director Annie Donovan. “The CDFI Fund views this listening tour as a unique opportunity for constructive dialogue to support the growth and success of CDFIs and the communities that they serve.”

The CDFI Fund is particularly interested in hearing input on the following:

  • Program Effectiveness: Are the CDFI Fund’s programs working optimally for communities? What should be improved and how?
  • Access: What more can the CDFI Fund do to reach communities that need CDFIs but are either not being served by them or have limited access to CDFI Fund support?
  • Innovation and Scaling: How can the CDFI Fund best support CDFIs to continue to innovate? What will it take to scale solutions that are known to work?
  • Customer Service: What works well at the CDFI Fund and what needs to be improved?
  • Data: How can the CDFI Fund support the use of data to strengthen the industry and increase its impact?
  • Blind Spots: What are the issues that should be on the CDFI Fund’s radar screen but are not?

The CDFI Fund will use input from the sessions to help develop strategic objectives that will guide the CDFI Fund over the course of the next several years.

Participants at each session will include community development experts, thought leaders, and practitioners, including speakers from the Federal Reserve Banks and local CDFIs.

The listening sessions will be highly interactive. The CDFI Fund specifically encourages the participation of certified CDFIs, community development trade groups and associations, foundations, local and state government entities, and others interested in community economic development.

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For those unable to attend the listening sessions in person, the CDFI Fund has created an online survey, available at The survey responses will be combined with feedback from the listening session participants and will inform the CDFI Fund’s development of strategic objectives.

Listening Tour Dates and Locations

Session 1: San Francisco, California

Date:          Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Time:          9 a.m. – 1 p.m. PDT

Location:    Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco

101 Market Street

San Francisco, CA 94105

Registration Deadline is 5 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, June 30, 2015.

Session 2: Denver, Colorado

Date:          Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Time:          9 a.m. – 1 p.m. MDT

Location:    Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City-Denver Branch

1020 16th Street

Denver, CO 80202

Registration Deadline is 5 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, June 30, 2015.

Session 3: Chicago, Illinois

Date:          Friday, July 10, 2015

Time:          9 a.m. – 1 p.m. CDT

Location:    Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

230 South LaSalle Street

Chicago, Illinois 60604-1413

Registration Deadline is 5 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, June 30, 2015.

Session 4: New York, New York

Date:          Friday, July 17, 2015

Time:          9 a.m. – 1 p.m. EDT

Location:    Federal Reserve Bank of New York

33 Liberty Street

New York, NY 10045

Registration Deadline is 5 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, July 7, 2015.

Session 5: Atlanta, Georgia

Date:          Thursday, August 6, 2015

Time:          9 a.m. – 1 p.m. EDT

Location:    Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta

1000 Peachtree Street NE

Atlanta, GA 30309-4470

Registration Deadline is 5 p.m. EDT on Thursday, July 30, 2015.

Registration Information

Registration is required and will be honored on a first-come, first-served basis, with a total of 50 seats available per session. All sessions will be held at federally-secured location. Accordingly, a government-issued ID will be required in order to gain entry to the facility.

To register, please visit:

For inquiries regarding the Listening Tour, please contact the CDFI Fund HelpDesk via (202) 653-0421 or with the subject line “Listening Tour.”