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

As a non-profit organization, Building Hope has been creating educational impact since 2003. Our focus on helping charter schools grow provides educational opportunities for students in communities across the nation. Our decades of expertise in finance, real estate and charter school operations provides schools with the advantage of having a high-level professional partner with a shared mission of creating high-quality, innovative charter schools. Learn more at
Robin Odland | | (202) 457-1989 | 1776 “Eye” I Street NW, Suite 200, Washington, DC 20006
Lending Geography: Nationwide

Capital Impact Partners

Through capital and commitment Capital Impact helps people build communities of opportunity that break barriers to success. A nonprofit Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI), we have a 35-year history delivering strategic financing, social innovation programs, and capacity building that creates social change and delivers financial impact nationwide.
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Will Robison, National Education Manager| (512) 957-9007  | |1023 Springdale Road, Building 1, Suite J, Austin, TX 78721
Lending Geography: Nationwide

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

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


IFF is a mission-driven lender, developer, and real estate consultant working at the nexus of facilities and finance to help nonprofits and other community-based organizations in the Midwest create safe, inspiring spaces that enable them to achieve their missions and strengthen their communities. We help clients from every sector, including schools, human service agencies, child care providers, community health centers, housing developers, and grocery stores. We are committed to long-term partnerships because we believe they help ensure every person, regardless of their income or zip code, has the opportunity to reach their full potential and to live in a vibrant, equitable community. Since 1988, we have made more than $1.3 billion in loans – including almost $340 million in financing for charter schools – leveraging $4 billion in community investments. IFF is one of only five CDFIs nationally to hold the top-ranked Aeris four-star rating for impact management and AAA rating for financial strength and performance. Learn more at
Andrea Poole, School Consultant | (312) 806-4596|| 333 South Wabash Avenue, Suite 2800, Chicago, IL 60604
Lending Geography: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, Wisconsin

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
Lending Geography: Nationwide

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
Lending Geography: New Jersey

Nonprofit Finance Fund

NFF helps mission-driven organizations achieve communities’ aspirations through tailored capital, strategic advice, and accessible insights. We envision a society where money and knowledge come together to support vibrant communities. Learn more at
Dominique Fortune, Director, Charter School Lending| (212) 457-4700 | | 5 Hanover Square, 9th Floor, New York, NY 10004
Lending Geography: Nationwide

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’s mission is creating and protecting ownership and economic opportunity for all, especially people of color, women, rural residents and low-wealth families and communities. We do this by providing responsible financial services, lending to small businesses and nonprofits, developing real estate and promoting fair financial practices. While our work benefits communities of all kinds, our focus is on those who may be underserved by conventional lenders, including people of color, women, rural residents and low-wealth families and communities. Learn more at
David Beck, Director of Public Policy and Media Relations | (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

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
David Umansky | CEO | | 180 Varick St Suite 1414, New York, NY 10014
Lending Geography: Nationwide

Equitable Facilities Fund

The Equitable Facilities Fund (EFF) is a nonprofit social impact fund for high-performing charter schools that offers low-cost, long-term financing for a variety of projects. EFF combines philanthropic funds with private capital to provide schools with long-term, fixed-rate loans at the best terms available outside of government-enhanced programs. To date, EFF has committed over $1 billion in high-impact funding to schools serving ~80,000 students across 20 states. Learn more at

Mike McGregor | Chief Operating Officer | (202) 746-8099 | | 21 W 46th St Ste 802, New York, NY 10036 
Lending Geography: Nationwide