CDFI Advisory

Whether you are interested in exploring the benefits of becoming a CDFI, need help navigating CDFI reporting and compliance or want to strategically grow your CDFI using industry best practices – we are here to help. Many successful CDFI applicants have relied on the expertise and experience of the Falcon Capital Advisors’ team in navigating complex program rules and application submission. Existing CDFIs rely on us for regulatory updates and opportunities, evaluating and maintaining compliance with program guidelines, fulfilling reporting requirements and for establishing sound operational practices.
Our CDFI Advisory services include:
  • CDFI Feasibility Consultation
  • Certification Application Preparation
  • Customized Studies (Market research, Target market analysis, Data analysis, Compliance Reviews)
  • FHLB membership Application Support
  • For existing CDFIs:
    1. Draft best-in-class loan policies for every CDFI eligible asset class and strategy
    1. Compliance and Reporting Support
    1. Customized Capital planning advisory services (including fiscal strength, liquidity goals, sustainability and action plans)
  • For Investors and Lenders:
    1. Assessment of Loan Fund and Investment Operations and best practice recommendations
    1. Identification of CDFIs aligned with investor/donor mission and program goals
    1. Grant and award management
    1. Click here to view our presentation “CDFI 101 for Non-Bank Mortgage Lenders.”
Kara Ward of Falcon Capital Advisors is the CDFI Practice leader and former attorney-advisor at the US Treasury Department, who leads an experienced team dedicated to addressing your wide-ranging CDFI related needs. Falcon partners with you so that you can focus on your organizational mission and goals and rely on us to navigate the complex rules and program guidelines to suit your CDFI needs.