10 episodes

The Impact Lenders Podcast (ILP) is a biweekly podcast that focuses on the work of Community Development Financial Institutions, foundations, government lenders, and others using lending for good. Through interviews with the remarkable personalities in the field, we keep listeners informed on the hot topics and emerging trends in the industry. Guests include executive directors, lenders, marketers, accountants, fundraisers and others active in the industry. By learning from their experiences and opinions about the issues that matter most to impact lenders, this podcast will spark ideas for your own work, renew your enthusiasm for the field of impact finance, and grow your knowledge of the industry.

On the podcast, we cover a broad range of topics focusing on community and economic development lending in the U.S. Common themes include affordable housing development, the growth and management of nonprofit loan funds, early care and charter school lending, and small business lending. We also discuss how lenders can collaborate with others, hear from foundations who are active in the space, and get the perspective of borrowers and partner organizations. Special bonus episodes drill down into specific topics to bring newer entrants into the industry up to speed, including the basics of what a CDFI is, the mechanics of community development tax credit programs, and the real estate development cycle.

ILP entertains and informs impact lending practitioners at any point in their career arc—if you are interested in impact lending, you are interested in ILP. The podcast is brought to you by the impact lending consulting team at High Impact Financial Analysis. We believe that lending responsibly and with purpose can transform at-risk communities, create opportunity where hope is missing, and offer the everyday citizen a chance to be an impact investor. Our underwriting, portfolio management, and general consulting services help lenders and investors build and maintain high-performing community development portfolios. Learn more about us at www.highimpactanalysis.com.

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The Impact Lenders Podcast (ILP) is a biweekly podcast that focuses on the work of Community Development Financial Institutions, foundations, government lenders, and others using lending for good. Through interviews with the remarkable personalities in the field, we keep listeners informed on the hot topics and emerging trends in the industry. Guests include executive directors, lenders, marketers, accountants, fundraisers and others active in the industry. By learning from their experiences and opinions about the issues that matter most to impact lenders, this podcast will spark ideas for your own work, renew your enthusiasm for the field of impact finance, and grow your knowledge of the industry.

On the podcast, we cover a broad range of topics focusing on community and economic development lending in the U.S. Common themes include affordable housing development, the growth and management of nonprofit loan funds, early care and charter school lending, and small business lending. We also discuss how lenders can collaborate with others, hear from foundations who are active in the space, and get the perspective of borrowers and partner organizations. Special bonus episodes drill down into specific topics to bring newer entrants into the industry up to speed, including the basics of what a CDFI is, the mechanics of community development tax credit programs, and the real estate development cycle.

ILP entertains and informs impact lending practitioners at any point in their career arc—if you are interested in impact lending, you are interested in ILP. The podcast is brought to you by the impact lending consulting team at High Impact Financial Analysis. We believe that lending responsibly and with purpose can transform at-risk communities, create opportunity where hope is missing, and offer the everyday citizen a chance to be an impact investor. Our underwriting, portfolio management, and general consulting services help lenders and investors build and maintain high-performing community development portfolios. Learn more about us at www.highimpactanalysis.com.

    Episode 18 – Bringing Energy Efficiency to Community Development

    Episode 18 – Bringing Energy Efficiency to Community Development

    Many impact lenders struggle with energy efficiency financing–sure, we all support the idea, but without technical expertise in the area it can be hard to get credit committees comfortable with utility cost savings that justify added upfront costs. Inclusive Prosperity Capital, a spin-off of the Connecticut Green Bank, aims to solve this problem. By specializing […]

    • 16 min
    EPISODE 17 – OPPORTUNITY ZONES: GETTING CDFIs IN THE GAME

    EPISODE 17 – OPPORTUNITY ZONES: GETTING CDFIs IN THE GAME

    Opportunity zones have been a hot topic in the impact finance industry since their announcement, but do CDFIs and other impact lenders have a role to play?  Michael Swack and Charles Tansey think so.  They join us on this episode to discuss their recent white paper, “The Potential Role for CDFIs in Opportunity Zones,” which […]

    • 31 min
    Episode 16 – An Entrepreneur’s Take on CDFIs

    Episode 16 – An Entrepreneur’s Take on CDFIs

    Sometimes it seems like everyone in the CDFI industry knows each other, and that many of us have been committed to the industry for our whole careers. Our guest on this episode is not one of those familiar faces. Jim McSherry is a career entrepreneur and, for two years, took over lending operations at the […]

    • 39 min
    Episode 15 – Lending to Small Developers for Small Buildings

    Episode 15 – Lending to Small Developers for Small Buildings

    Small buildings make up more of America’s housing stock than the large multifamily developments we often think about in the finance world. That means that to serve all the needs of a community, addressing the small building stock is essential. In this episode, two of the leading CDFIs in this space offer the lessons they’ve […]

    • 27 min
    Episode 14 – CNote’s Answer to the Retail Investor Opportunity

    Episode 14 – CNote’s Answer to the Retail Investor Opportunity

    Does heightened interest in impact investing present a real opportunity to diversify capital sources, or is it a mirage?  Yuliya Tarasava, one of the founders of CNote, believes CDFIs and other community lenders can seize the moment and expand their capital bases. She joins us in this episode to offer her company’s approach to helping […]

    • 24 min
    Episode 13 – Inside the CDFI Movement

    Episode 13 – Inside the CDFI Movement

    The grassroots movement that resulted in the creation of CDFIs as we know them today has a deep history.  In today’s episode we explore that history with one of the luminaries of the industry, Cliff Rosenthal. Cliff was there when it all started, and he shares his insights and anecdotes as he takes us through […]

    • 28 min

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