We are the voice for providers of fair and affordable finance.
We represent and support a strong national network of CDFIs. They lend to people, businesses and social enterprises across the UK, supporting local jobs, families and economies.
The United Kingdom leads the world in financial services and yet more than two million adult Britons don’t have a bank account. Chris Pond reports on the work of the Financial Inclusion Commission to find out why, and to put the issue on the political agenda ahead of the General Election.
Ben Hughes reflects on the forthcoming election and its implications for our industry. With the three main national parties having an evident commitment to at least some aspects of the work of CDFIs, can we look forward to a time of new hope and opportunity?
David Barclay on how Citizens UK is taking its campaign for a Community Finance Foundation to the main party leaders
Neil Millington explains how First Enterprise has transformed its lending and business support over a quarter of a century, and why they're so proud of one of their award-winning clients
What We're Doing
Helping our members demonstrate their economic impact
The CDFA provides networking, advocacy, funding and expertise for members. Find out more about the benefits of joining.
The CDFA is working with its members, supporting people to turn business ideas into successful businesses.
Our flagship publication with expert analysis of the activities and impacts of alternative community lenders
Access to fair and affordable finance remains a barrier to many. This is a drag on our economy – entrepreneurs are being held back and there is a dearth of community reinvestment.
Unmet demand for finance amongst individuals and organisations that do not qualify for traditional bank funding has reached more than £6billion, according to this latest research.