You can spark change.

Your commitment makes ours possible.

Impact investments, grants, sponsorships, and charitable donations mean opportunity for a family, a business owner, and, ultimately, a community. Your commitment sparks change – and can help ignite it at scale.

Impact Investment Notes

Through Impact Investment Notes, both individual and institutional investors can deploy funds to advance racial and economic equity while securing a modest financial return. Our notes are structured at a fixed interest rate, which is paid to the investor semi-annually. Principal is repaid at maturity. Capital from these notes is leveraged with other income sources to multiply the impact of your dollars in underinvested communities. Potential investors are advised that this is not an offer to sell a security or investment.


CFE is specifically structured to meet community needs and to accelerate innovation. We are leading the way with impact measurement that enables us to see where we’re strong, pinpoint opportunities for growth, and pivot as needed to be responsive to the people we serve. We are nimble while also staying true to our mission of racial, economic, and social equity.

Corporate Sponsorships and Cause-Related Marketing

We welcome the opportunity to amplify your message along with ours. Whether a cause marketing campaign, a media sponsorship, or something we haven’t dreamed up just yet, let’s creatively structure a sponsorship or marketing campaign that builds on our shared vision and meets your organization’s goals.


The backbone of any organization is the community it serves, and we are grateful that neighbors are helping neighbors by donating to CFE. We are an independent nonprofit organization, and your contribution is tax-deductible as provided by law. Our tax ID is 52-2101165. Donate here.

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“As the CFO for New Venture Fund, I intentionally searched for impact investing partners who shared our ideas of investing for purpose and for social good. Having worked with City First Bank, I was already aware of its commitment to this region. We put our funds with City First Enterprises because of the passion and compassion of its leadership and staff, the ease and comfort of working with the CFE team, their understanding of our goals and commitment to social and racial justice and the ability to generate both social and financial returns for our nonprofit.”

– Shannon Scott, Chief Financial Officer, New Venture Fund

Thank you to our collaborators — the other nonprofit organizations, financial institutions, government agencies, and advocates whom we work alongside to level the playing field for those unable to access resources.


Capital Impact Partners-CDC Small Business Fund; Citi Foundation, DC Mayor’s Office; City First Broadway; DC Department of Housing and Community Development; DC Department of Insurance, Securities, and Banking; DC Department of Small and Local Business Development; DC Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development; Enhancing Black Business Credit Initiative; JPMorgan Chase; Manatt, Phelps and Phillips, LLP; Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development; New Venture Fund; Opportunity Finance Network, PNC Bank; Prosperity Now; US Bank; U.S. Treasury, Wells Fargo; Yale Community and Economic Development Clinic


Capital Magnet Fund Coalition; Coalition for Green Capital; Coalition for Nonprofit Housing and Development; Community Development Network of Maryland; Food Lenders Network; Housing Association of Nonprofit Developers; National Children’s Facilities Network; Nonprofit Montgomery; Prince George’s County Housing Opportunity For All Workgroup; Purple Line Corridor Coalition; Small Business Owners Bill of Rights; Virginia CDFI Coalition