The Charter Schools Lenders’ Coalition (CSLC) brings together mission-driven community development practitioners who are currently providing financial and development services to charter schools in low-income communities. CSLC members are representatives of organizations that share a common mission to improve the viability of low-income and economically distressed communities.

BlueHub Capital

BlueHub’s mission is to build healthy communities where low-income people live and work. Since 1985, BlueHub has provided over $1 billion in financing to support and develop affordable housing, public charter schools, community health centers, child care facilities, youth programs and other community services, commercial real estate redevelopment in distressed communities, and job creation and preservation. Since 2001, BlueHub has lent approximately $250 million to 60 charter schools and charter management organizations. Learn more at
Kathryn McHugh, Senior Vice President | (617) 427-8600 | | 10 Malcolm X Boulevard Boston, MA 02119
Lending Geography: Alabama, Connecticut, Georgia, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Texas

Building Hope

Building Hope supports high quality public charter schools in Washington, DC and other US cities by providing technical and financial assistance related to capital projects. We support the expansion of academically successful schools with the capacity to grow their enrollments in order to catalyze change across their local public education systems by assisting with facility development. Building Hope promotes school-centered community revitalization. We believe that excellent charter school programs and facilities will help transform economically depressed neighborhoods into places where children will thrive. Learn more at
Robin Odland | | (202) 457-1989 | 910 17th Street NW, Suite 1100 Washington, DC 20006

Capital Impact Partners

Capital Impact Partners is a nonprofit organization and Community Development Financial Institution with a national presence whose primary mission is to help people and communities reach their highest potential at every stage of life. Capital Impact Partners improves access to high-quality health and elder care, healthy foods, housing and education in low-income communities. Since the mid-1990s, Capital Impact Partners has designed and implemented innovative financing strategies and technical assistance to meet charter school demands for capital.
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Will Robison| (512) 957-9007  | |1023 Springdale Road, Building 1, Suite J, Austin, TX 78721

Charter Schools Development Corporation

Charter Schools Development Corporation (CSDC), a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation and Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI), supports quality public school choice for underserved students by developing and financing affordable charter school facilities nationally. CSDC’s programs allows school leaders to focus on the educational mission while we focus on the business of financing, designing and constructing a facility built to suit the unique needs of the school model, student population and budget.
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Michelle Prosperi, Chief Operating Officer | (443) 561-1280 | | 7880 Milestone Parkway, Suite 425, Hanover, MD 21076
Lending Geography: Nationwide

Civic Builders

Civic Builders is a non-profit organization that develops charter school facilities in low-income neighborhoods in New York, New Jersey and Rhode Island, providing historically underserved students with inspiring spaces to learn and grow. Dedicated to giving every child the chance to attend a great school, Civic Builders partners with the nation’s best educators to create public charter school buildings for students in communities where the need is greatest. Civic Builders marries real estate know-how and financial expertise to develop high-quality schools so children can build their futures. Every classroom we create is a space where children learn and thrive for generations to come. Learn more at
Tony Maruca, Associate, Finance | | 304 Hudson St. 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10013

Community Development Trust

The mission of CDT is to provide long-term capital to low and moderate income communities which helps ensure their affordability and enhances the quality of life for their residents. CDT provides this long-term capital in the form of loans and equity investments by working with local, regional and national partners in communities across the United States. CDT works to facilitate the development and preservation of affordable multi-family housing and charter school facilities. We provide long term financing which helps to stabilize communities and therefore contribute to ensuring that people have well-maintained and safe places to live and educate their children. Learn more at
Shelly Cleary, Senior Vice President, Charter School Finance| | 1350 Broadway, Ste. 700, New York, NY 10018
Lending Geography: Nationwide


Since 1994, Hope Enterprise Corporation (HOPE) has created opportunity where it is needed most. Both a nonprofit Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) and the primary sponsor of Hope Federal Credit Union, a low-income designated, Black-owned and led credit union with more than 35,000 members. HOPE has generated over $2.9 billion in financing that has benefitted more than 1.7 million people across five Deep South states – Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee. HOPE is dedicated to strengthening communities, building assets and improving lives in the Deep South. HOPE uses the $20 million credit enhancement awards it has received from US Department of Education to support affordable financing to public charter schools focused on serving students living in economically distressed areas of the region. Loan funds may be used to acquire, build, or expand their facilities. HOPE also offers responsible financial services to teachers, staff, students, and families.
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Charity Hallman, Vice President, Community and Economic Development | | 4 Old River Place, Suite A, Jackson, MS 39202

Lending Geography: Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee


One of America’s leading nonprofit community development financial institutions (CDFI), IFF strengthens nonprofits and their communities through lending and real estate consulting. We help nonprofits finance, plan, and build facilities that are critical to their mission and success. Since 1988, we have been a trusted partner to nonprofits in every sector, including health care, education, child care, healthy food access and affordable housing. In education, we are the only one-stop shop in the Midwest offering affordable financing and real estate services at every stage of school development, and were one of the first CDFIs to provide below-market rate financing specifically for charter schools. IFF serves nonprofits in the Midwest, with a focus on those that serve low-income communities and special needs populations. We are headquartered in Chicago, IL, with additional offices in St. Louis, MO; Milwaukee, WI; Indianapolis, IN; and Detroit, MI. Learn more at
Jose Cerda III, Vice President, Corporate Communications & Public Affairs | (312) 596-5124 | | One North LaSalle Street, Suite 700, Chicago, IL 60602

Local Initiatives Support Corporation

The Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) is dedicated to helping community residents transform distressed neighborhoods into healthy communities of choice and opportunity — good places to work, do business and raise children. LISC mobilizes corporate, government and philanthropic support to provide local community development organizations with financial, technical and policy resources. As a national organization with a community focus, program staff are based in 30 cities around the country, and we partner with a network of 60 rural organizations. Since 1980, LISC has invested $12.9 billion in communities across the country, leveraging $38.3 billion in total development, including 298,300 affordable homes and apartments. Since 1997, LISC has provided over $275 million in financing to charter schools around the country. LISC uses a three-pronged strategy to help bridge the facilities finance gap faced by charter and alternative public schools: financing individual schools through LISC’s network of 30 local offices; supporting the development of local educational facilities funds and nonprofit charter school networks through investments; and, fostering public policy initiatives in the facilities finance arena. Learn more at
Crystal Langdon, Director of Lending, Charter School Financing | (917) 647-7753 | | 28 Liberty Street, Floor 34, New York, NY 10005

Low Income Investment Fund

Everyone in the United States should benefit from living in a community of opportunity, equity and well-being. LIIF mobilizes capital and partners to achieve this vision for people and communities. We believe that a community of opportunity, equity and well-being provides its residents affordable housing, high-quality educational opportunities, the ability to live healthy and active lives and good jobs. These communities foster a sense of belonging, value civic engagement and promote equity and justice. Learn more at
Amir Ali, Senior Loan Officer | (415) 772-9094 | | 49 Stevenson St., Suite 300, San Francisco, CA 94105
Lending Geography: Alabama, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington

New Jersey Community Capital

New Jersey Community Capital is a community development financial institution creating thriving communities through strategic investments and knowledge. Learn more at
Joe Palazzolo| Program Director| (732)640-2061 | | 108 Church Street, 3rd Floor, New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Nonprofit Finance Fund

Nonprofit Finance Fund® (NFF®) unlocks the potential of mission-driven organizations through tailored investments, strategic advice and accessible insights. Founded in 1980, NFF helps organizations connect money to mission effectively, with over $80 million in assets, NFF has provided over $287 million in loans and access to additional financing via grants, tax credits and capital in support of over $1.4 billion in projects for thousands of organizations nationwide. NFF is a national leader in providing innovative financial solutions to charter schools and has provided loans for working capital and facilities, New Market Tax Credits, and technical assistance to over 200 schools. Learn more at
Jennifer Kawar, Vice President, Chief Investment Officer | (415) 255-4849 | | 28 Second Street, Suite 600, San Francisco, CA 94105

Raza Development Fund

Raza Development Fund (RDF) invests capital and creates financial solutions to increase opportunities for Latino and poor families across the country. RDF was founded 20 years ago as a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) and a support organization to UnidosUS. True to our founding principles of service to the poor, dignity of the human person and solid business management, our mission is to invest capital and create financial solutions to increase opportunities for Latino and poor families across the country. Today, RDF is the largest Latino focused national CDFI with nearly half a billion dollars in assets under management and a Standard & Poor’s investment-grade rating of AA-. Since inception, RDF has provided organizations serving Latino and poor families in 38 states with technical assistance and financing in excess of $1 billion, which have leveraged over $5 billion in private and public capital for education, childcare, affordable housing, social services projects, and most recently small businesses. Learn more at
Adrian Ruiz, Deputy Chief Investment Officer | (602) 417-1400 | | 410 E. Southern Ave. Phoenix, AZ 85040
Lending Geography: Nationwide


Self-Help is a leading national community development financial institution headquartered in Durham, NC. Since 1980, Self-Help has provided more than $9.3 billion in financing to over 175,700 families, individuals and businesses. We help drive economic development and strengthen communities by providing responsible financial services; lending to individuals, small businesses and nonprofits; developing real estate; and promoting fair financial practices across the nation. Our mission is creating and protecting ownership and economic opportunity for all, especially people of color, women, rural residents and low-wealth families and communities. Learn more at
Brittany Bennett Weston, Commercial Lending Sector Leader, Charter School Facilities | (800) 966-7353 | | 301 W. Main Street Durham, NC  27701
Lending Geography: Nationwide

Reinvestment Fund

Reinvestment Fund is committed to making communities work for all people. We bring financial and analytical tools to partnerships that work to ensure that everyone has access to essential opportunities: affordable places to live, access to nutritious food and health care, schools where their children can flourish, and strong, local businesses that support jobs.
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Khaliff Davis, Director, K-12 Education | (404) 946-7034 | | 229 Peachtree Street NE, Suite 750, International Tower, Atlanta, GA 30303
Lending Geography: Delaware, Georgia, Louisiana, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Tennessee