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Community Funding Advisors

Asset Classes ServedWorking Capital, Single-Family Housing, Agriculture, Commercial, Commercial Real Estate, Community Facilities - Childcare, Community Facilities - Education, Community Facilities - Healthcare, Community Facilities - Other, Consumer, Microenterprise, Multi-Family Housing, Small Business, Consumer Mortgage, Low Income Housing Tax Credit, New Market Tax Credit, Rural
Geographies ServedNational
Services ProvidedOther Consulting and Specialty Service, NMTC, Strategic Planning, Compliance, Policy & Advocacy, Social Impact, Advisory, Analysis, CDFI Consulting, Risk Management
Interest Areas
Diversity Equity and Inclusion
Impact Investing
Small Business
Equity Investment
Loan Guarantee
Mission Related Investment
Community Funding Advisors

Community Funding Advisors provides consulting services to potential and current Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) and Community Development Entities (CDEs) on all CDFI Fund programs as well as other government funding programs.

Since 2003, Community Funding Advisors has been assisting community banks, loan funds, non-profits, and venture capital firms with a mission of social enterprise and economic development/revitalization.  Community Funding Advisors offers consulting in certification and funding applications, including the development and analysis of social impacts, financial projections, product development, business development, reporting, and compliance.  Community Funding Advisors is regularly called upon by The CDFI Fund to review funding applications. 

Expertise and Track Record
  • CDFI Fund Applications - 95% success rate
  • CDFI/Community Development Entity (CDE) Certifications - 97 successful certifications
  • Bank Enterprise Award (BEA) - 52 successful applications earning more than $40 million
  • New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) - 16 awards in excess of $850 million
  • Technical Assistance (TA) - 23 awards gaining more than $2.6 million
  • Financial Assistance (FA) and Healthy Food Financing Initiative (HFFI) - 25 awards equaling more than $49 million
Community Funding Advisors

Dawn Reiff, President, founded Community Funding Advisors after her tenure as a senior staff member at The CDFI Fund.  She helped shape many of the programs offered today including the Bank Enterprise Award (BEA) and New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) program.  Dawn has an MBA, an MS in Accounting, and a BS in Management and Accounting from the University of Maryland.