Bay Area Racial Equity Fund

BIPOC-led organizations consistently face higher interest rates, more variable financing structures, lower appraised values, longer lending timelines, more opaque processes, smaller dollar amounts and higher risk ratings than their white-led counterparts. Centuries of racial discrimination in America have created an unfair and inaccurate race-based perception of risk within lending institutions that prevents BIPOC borrowers from […]

Arts and Culture Initiatives at Community Vision

Community Vision is dedicated to community ownership of community assets that are critical to help build justice, power and wealth within BIPOC communities.  Among those assets are long-term and permanent homes for community-rooted arts and culture organizations. These organizations play an important role and are often the anchors of the community: Art is a powerful […]

Visionary Home Builders

Not Just Housing: Creating Opportunities for Central Valley Neighborhoods to Thrive As Community Vision partners with communities to create flourishing neighborhoods and build economic power, one of the most important needs to address is housing. Access to quality and affordable living spaces is a key pillar for healthier and safer neighborhoods, and opening the door […]

West Bay Pilipino Multi-Service Center

West Bay Pilipino Multi-Service Center is the oldest Filipino-led organization in San Francisco, serving the city’s Filipino immigrant and Asian Pacific Islander communities in the South of Market (SOMA) neighborhood for more than 50 years. In 2020, with support from private and in-kind donations, including grant awards from the city of San Francisco and Community […]

REAL People’s Fund

The REAL People’s Fund (REAL) was created through a collaborative process over the last six years, and because of the dedication of many people, the fund will begin lending to small businesses in 2022. REAL– which stands for Revolutionizing our Economy for all Local People– directly addresses systemic failures that prevent entrepreneurs in Black communities, […]

Central Valley Empowerment Alliance

The Central Valley Empowerment Alliance (CVEA) was established as a nonprofit in 2019 and serves residents who live in Kern, Tulare, Kings, Fresno, and Madera counties by promoting access to affordable housing, quality education, food, and health care, as well as creating civic engagement and leadership development opportunities. For nearly four years the organization operated […]

California Community-Owned Real Estate Program (CalCORE)

The California Community-Owned Real Estate Program (CalCORE) launched the first of three cohorts in April 2021, with 14 community-based developers. CalCORE consists of five key elements that create a comprehensive strategy for increasing locally-owned and controlled real estate with a focus on small and emergent developers of color who are rooted in their community. This […]

Black Cultural Zone

Creating Space for Community Wellness and Creativity “This lot is an example of what happened to our community. A once useful and vibrant space became overgrown with weeds and was a dumping ground. Now, as Liberation Park, this is a space where local residents are standing up and taking ownership of the assets in their […]

Back in Business

Supporting an Equitable Recovery Community Vision’s Back in Business program is a business development strategy to support equitable recovery efforts by providing loans and grants to BIPOC-owned and led small businesses and nonprofits. The program blended together two sources of COVID-related funding: a $2 million grant from Wells Fargo’s Open for Business Fund Program and […]