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  • May23

    What a night! Recap and photos from Opportunity Fund's Taste of Microfinance San Francisco 2017

    Posted on May 23, 2017 by

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

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  • May12

    Mother knows best (updated)

    Posted on May 12, 2017 by Alma Elizondo-Bailey

    Mother’s Day is a time to celebrate the extraordinary impact that mothers have on our world. It's a day to celebrate the incredible effort it takes to build a good life for their families, often while running a business, giving back to the community, and trying to make ends meet for their families.

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  • May10

    A Day in the Life of a Food Truck Owner

    Posted on May 10, 2017 by

    As the owner of Tony's Tacos, Marisol wears many hats. She is the cook, the menu designer, the grocery shopper, the marketing manager, the commercial truck driver, the office manager and, sometimes, the mechanic. But the hardest job of all is finding the financing to realize her dream.

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  • May10

    A Temporary Win and a Big Loss For Working Families [Updated]

    Posted on May 10, 2017 by Gwendy Donaker Brown

    Like many around the country, earlier this month Opportunity Fund nervously awaited the federal budget decision (which funds our government through September). On one hand, we hoped for a bipartisan agreement to keep the government running. On the other, we feared that critical federal programs, upon which Opportunity Fund and our clients rely, might be cut. When the final agreement concluded, we were left with an important (although temporary) win as well as a big loss.

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  • May09

    Opportunity Fund Spotlight: 143 Students Graduating, Thanks to You

    Posted on May 09, 2017 by

    Join me in congratulating our 143 students graduating from 40 schools this year! Read Cindy's story, and see where the rest of our graduates went to school and what they majored in.

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  • May09

    My suburban 4 bedroom, 2 bath home is government subsidized, and so is yours.

    Posted on May 09, 2017 by

    My suburban 4 bedroom, 2 bath home is government subsidized; if you own a home, so is yours. That's because of the mortgage-interest deduction in our tax code. Matthew Desmond writes for The New York Times Magazine: "When we think of entitlement programs, Social Security and Medicare immediately come to mind. But by any fair standard, the holy trinity of United States social policy should also include the mortgage-interest deduction — an enormous benefit that has also become politically untouchable."

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  • Apr26

    Top 6 Reasons to Make a Gift to Opportunity Fund

    Posted on Apr 26, 2017 by

    There are many great causes and organizations to support, so you may ask why your gift to Opportunity Fund matters. We’re glad you did! We want you to know that your support is very important and has the power to change thousands of lives. Here are the Top 6 Reasons why you should make a gift to Opportunity Fund.

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  • Apr20

    Southern California Regional Board Welcomes Two New Members: Amanda K. Byrd and Hogan Lee

    Posted on Apr 20, 2017 by

    Opportunity Fund is pleased to welcome Amanda K. Byrd and Hogan Lee to serve on the Southern California Regional Board. “We are excited to welcome Amanda and Hogan as new Southern California Regional Board members,” said Southern California Regional Director, Iosefa Alofaituli

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  • Apr20

    Opportunity Fund’s 10,000th Loan Goes to… Jimmy of Iguanas Burritozilla!

    Posted on Apr 20, 2017 by

    Last month, we reached yet another milestone—thanks to our community of donors, supporters and the commitment of our incredible staff, we have now provided 10,000 loans to talented entrepreneurs. Jimmy, owner of Iguanas Burritozilla, is the happy recipient of Opportunity Fund’s 10,000th loan.

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  • Apr19

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

    Posted on Apr 19, 2017 by

    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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