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  • May15

    Donors show major love during Silicon Valley Gives

    Posted on May 15, 2015 by Alma Elizondo-Bailey

    Thanks to the support of our community of donors, the second year of Silicon Valley Gives – a 24-hour marathon of online giving led by the Silicon Valley Community Foundation – was a success, helping us raise close to $110,000 (40k more than last year) to invest in entrepreneurship and education.

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  • May12

    Policy Update: SB197 passes committee

    Posted on May 12, 2015 by Gwendy Donaker Brown

    California moved one step closer to expanding financing options for small businesses. SB 197, a bill co-sponsored by Opportunity Fund and CAMEO, passed the Senate Banking Committee with a vote of 7-0. Our team testified at the hearing in Sacramento, to explain how this bill would help level the playing field and make it possible for responsible California business lenders to compete with unlicensed finance companies.

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  • Apr24

    That Loving Feeling in Southern California!

    Posted on Apr 24, 2015 by

    There’s no better feeling than knowing you’re being welcomed with open arms! And we can say that from experience. Opportunity Fund has been fortunate enough to receive generous support from the following wonderful Southern California foundations, totaling over $325,000 from: Annenberg Foundation, Goldhirsh Foundation, The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation, and Weingart Foundation.

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  • Apr08

    Prizes at Taste of Microfinance: you could win an #OpportunityFunded bike!

    Posted on Apr 08, 2015 by

    We look forward to celebrating entrepreneurship in the local food scene next week at Taste of Microfinance. This year, when you make a donation of $25 or more at the party to support Opportunity Fund's hard-working entrepreneurs, you will be entered in a drawing to win fun prizes. All of the prizes are from #OpportunityFunded entrepreneurs who used a microloan to start or grow their businesses.

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  • Apr01

    New book makes the case for emergency savings programs

    Posted on Apr 01, 2015 by

    The Center for Financial Security has just released a new book making the case for emergency savings programs for low-income Americans.

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  • Mar30

    CEO Eric Weaver talks Net Impact and Charles Dickens

    Posted on Mar 30, 2015 by

    CEO and Founder of Opportunity Fund Eric Weaver talks about helping to also found Net Impact early in his career and offers advice that he’s learned from his career and from Charles Dickens.

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  • Mar23

    Opportunity Fund Goes to Washington

    Posted on Mar 23, 2015 by Eric Weaver

        Hi Everyone,   I had such an exciting couple of days in DC that I just had to share with everyone. Our EasyPay Product Manager, Alex Dang, and I attended the Financial Innovations Roundtable at the Federal Reserve, which this year was focused on what is happening in the small business lending landscape. The room was full of about 100 CDFI senior leaders, policymakers, bankers, alternative lenders…

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  • Mar18

    Ravenswood Family Health Center - Grand Opening!

    Posted on Mar 18, 2015 by

    Congratulations to Ravenswood Family Health Center on the completion of their brand new facility in East Palo Alto! Opportunity Fund is proud to have helped make this important community project happen by facilitating almost $20 million in financing—more than half of the project’s total cost.

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  • Mar15

    First Southern California Impact Meeting

    Posted on Mar 15, 2015 by

    January 27 marked an important date for Opportunity Fund as we hosted our first Southern California Impact Meeting. The Los Angeles-based meeting was a great success, and was attended by many Opportunity Fund funders, investors, Regional Board Members and Opportunity Fund clients Catarah Hampshire and Shoneji Robison of Southern Girl Desserts.

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  • Mar06

    Spotlight: Victor, Antigua Cafe

    Posted on Mar 06, 2015 by

    Small business owner Victor Caicero opened his second restaurant, Antigua Cafe, with the help of a $10,000 loan from Opportunity Fund. Read his incredible story here.

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