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April 2021 recap

An affordable home being built in Encinitas made possible in part by support from the Homebuilding Investment Fund community and San Diego Habitat for Humanity
We’ve kept busy so far this year. To see what we mean, check out last month’s community updates where we recapped milestones from our first five years and the first quarter of 2021. These include growing our Advance Strategy for inclusive economic opportunity in San Diego creating and supporting custom investment strategies with partners across the country—including our very first one with the Homebuilding Investment Fund—and developing diverse, thoughtful new investment professionals through the Community Finance Fellowship.


As we grow, we also recognize how important it is to continually improve internal processes and build interconnective tissue, especially in the virtual environment. That’s what we got to do a bit of this month—take a breath, and prepare for the next chapter.

Until next time, sign up for upcoming events below where you can catch us and see updates for our various initiatives.
Stay well and take care of each other,
Lauren Grattan
Lauren Grattan
Co-Founder & Chief Community Officer
Borrower Central

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The inaugural cohort of Community Finance Fellows (L–R): Benson Ochira, Essence Rodriguez, Louise Jordan, Crystal Sevilla, and Andrew Moncada
Now that the Community Finance Fellows have graduated, we are actively fundraising for the next cohort. In their time with us, the fellows moved more than $7 million into the community and taught us a thing or two about changing the face of finance, access to finance, and our own understanding of finance. Our goal is to launch the second cohort this summer. If you want to help make that happen, please reach out.


Tuesday, 5/4
Social Impact Series Kick-Off “Philanthropy Through a New Lens”

Heather Marie BurkeOur Director of Investor Relations Heather Marie Burke joins other social impact sector game-changers to discuss how local nonprofits are growing and transforming the San Diego region and beyond. Join us to gain insights to local charitable organizations, learn about the inner workings of nonprofits, and hear stories about how living your values now can enable you to “do well by doing good.”
Thursday, 5/27
Catalyst of San Diego & Imperial Counties' Impact Investing Series

Lauren GrattanLauren and other speakers will share lessons learned on entrepreneurship funding and technical assistance for small businesses that are the lifeblood of our neighborhoods and communities, along with practical strategies that you can explore and implement immediately.

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