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  • Apr19

    New and Improved: The Small Business Borrower’s Bill of Rights

    Posted on Apr 19, 2017 by Gwendy Donaker Brown & Gabriel Villarreal

    Recently the Responsible Business Lending Coalition (RBLC), of which Opportunity Fund is a founding member, released an update to the Small Business Borrower’s Bill of Rights (BBOR). The BBOR consists of six fundamental rights that business owners seeking financing deserve along with the specific practices that lenders and brokers must abide by in order to uphold and protect those rights. These rights are endorsed by Signatories and Endorsers that believe in the fair treatment of small business borrowers. As our research has shown, many business owners face unaffordable and unsustainable financing options – this effort seeks to uphold the responsible practices in our marketplace.

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  • Apr05

    Staff Spotlight: Gwendy, Iosefa, and Alex take on new community leadership roles

    Posted on Apr 05, 2017 by Jacqueline Heinrich

    Opportunity Fund is a community of leaders. Three Opportunity Fund staff members-Gwendy, Iosefa, and Alex-recently took on major leadership roles to help improve our state and national communities. We talked to them about being leaders within Opportunity Fund and beyond.

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  • Mar28

    What a night! Recap and photos from Opportunity Fund's Taste of Microfinance LA

    Posted on Mar 28, 2017 by Jacqueline Heinrich

    Last week, nearly two hundred friends, donors and supporters gathered to celebrate entrepreneurship and Opportunity Fund's microfinance investments in Southern California. The incredible night featured food from talented chef entrepreneurs, many of whom received an Opportunity Fund microloan to grow their business.

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  • Mar17

    More Bang for Your Federal Dollars: The CDFI Fund - - - TAKE ACTION TODAY!

    Posted on Mar 17, 2017 by Caitlin McShane

    Over 20 years ago, the US Treasury Department created the Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) Fund to support mission-based lenders investing in low-income communities. Over the past two decades, the CDFI Fund has helped make tremendous impacts in communities in nearly every corner of the country: In FY2016 alone, CDFIs invested over $3.6 billion in low-income communities, financing 11,000 small businesses as well as over 33,000 affordable housing units.

    Right now, for the first time it its history, the CDFI Fund is in danger of being de-funded. Help keep funding for small businesses in your community – contact your member of Congress today and tell them to prioritize funding for the CDFI Fund. If you are an organization, please also sign onto this letter – the deadline is Monday, March 20th.

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  • Mar06

    Opportunity Fund's Impact - 2016 recap and looking ahead

    Posted on Mar 06, 2017 by Alma Elizondo-Bailey

    We just wrapped up our third, and final, Impact Meeting a few days ago. These gatherings—which we held in San Francisco, Palo Alto, and Los Angeles—bring together our community of supporters, partners, staff, and clients for an update on the impact we achieved together in 2016. I really enjoyed these opportunities to share my reflections about the past year. It was gratifying to see so many friends and supporters in each location!

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  • Mar06

    Opportunity Fund Sponsors SB 551 (Hueso) Capital Access Loan Program for Small Business

    Posted on Mar 06, 2017 by Gabriel Villarreal

    Opportunity Fund is proud to sponsor Senate Bill 551 authored by Senator Ben Hueso. This bill would help make several key changes to the functioning of the California Capital Access Program (CalCAP) - a program that many of California’s small business lenders such as Opportunity Fund use as an insurance pool to enable us to make loans to underserved businesses.

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  • Feb27

    Why We Need the CFPB

    Posted on Feb 27, 2017 by Gabriel Villarreal

    Welcome to Opportunity Fund’s new blog series on the Consumer Financial Protections Bureau (CFPB). The CFPB is a federal agency that acts as a buffer for consumers against financial fraud and abuse. It has come under heavy scrutiny in recent months. Opportunity Fund recognizes that many of our clients and stakeholders benefit from the protections that the CFPB provides. This blog will follow developments concerning the future of the Bureau and what impact those changes may have for the communities we serve.

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  • Feb15

    Opportunity Fund Spotlight: Fredrick W. Lee - Leading through Philanthropy

    Posted on Feb 15, 2017 by Monica Castro

    The impulse to give back is embedded in us all. The word “philanthropy” is a combination of two ancient greek words: philos (love) and anthropos (humanity). This translates to “the love of humanity.” Philanthropy has come to mean giving, but this act of kindness is due to an act of love and desire to help others.

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  • Feb10

    Opportunity Fund's 2017 Valentine's Day Gift Guide ♥

    Posted on Feb 10, 2017 by Jacqueline Heinrich

    Share your love for supporting local businesses! This Valentine's Day, find the perfect gift for your valentine while supporting an #OpportunityFunded business. Check out our Valentine's Day Gift Guide for some #OpportunityFunded ideas.

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  • Feb08

    URGENT: Immigrants enrich us. #immigrantswelcome

    Posted on Feb 08, 2017 by Eric Weaver

    Every day, I see firsthand how immigrant entrepreneurs drive economic activity and opportunity for themselves, their families, their neighbors, and for all of us. Their individual efforts add up to huge impact.

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