Types of membership
Thank you for your interest in the CDFA. We have full and associate members, supporters and partners. Further details about types of membership and criteria for joining the CDFA are set out below.
General membership criteria
All Members must:
Have a commitment to community or economic development within disadvantaged communities or within markets that are not adequately served by mainstream financial service providers.
Engage in loan management provision as principal or agent.
Be an independent, non-governmental, not for private profit distributing organisation.
Be committed to continued professional and organisational development, which can be demonstrated through reaching appropriate performance levels within a realistic time frame.
Demonstrate accountability and transparency to its stakeholders including its target community.
Demonstrate responsible lending and business practices, including having a plan for long-term sustainability.
If the applicant is a subsidiary or part of a larger organisation or group structure, the applicant must in its own right be a not for private profit social enterprise and hence must be able to fulfil criteria 1 and 3 above
In order to qualify for full membership your organisation must have:
Successfully managed a loan portfolio for a period of at least the last twelve months.
Complied with the CDFA Code of Practice, demonstrated by submission of documentation of adoption by your board.
Completed the CDFA’s annual Inside Community Finance survey by submitting your loan portfolio activity and performance data, which helps us collate and build valuable stakeholder data
Completed the CDFA’s performance framework and measured your organisation against the benchmarks developed by CDFA
Associate membership is relevant for all organisations that meet the general criteria but have not yet qualified for Full Membership status, for example if you have not yet managed a loan portfolio for a minimum of the last 12 months or completed our annual survey.
If you are accepted for membership but currently only meet the general criteria requirements, you will be accepted as an Associate Member until such time as you have met the requirements for Full Membership
Associate members cannot access all membership services, for example, access to funding schemes would generally require full membership status in order to apply.
Fees are annual and due in January of each year. All fees are subject to VAT.
Full Membership fees are based on outstanding portfolio
Under £500,000: £500 + VAT
£500,000 to £1 million: £1,000 + VAT
Over £1 million: £1,500 + VAT
Associate Membership fees recognise restricted access to services and are levied at £400 + VAT
Our Supporter category is for individuals and organisations (non-community finance lending organisations) looking to connect with the CDFA and the community finance sector. We also have a Partner category for organisations interested in forging a deeper more strategic relationship with us.
Benefits of becoming a Supporter include:
Cross-referrals made where appropriate
Marketing slot on CDFA website
Regular newsletter containing sector news and intelligence
Job board listings on CDFA website
Inclusion in press pieces
CDFA Conference pack profiling
Discounted market place slot at CDFA Conference
Bi-annual review meetings
Organisations (all sizes): £300
Please contact the membership team if you would like further information on any of these options firstname.lastname@example.org 020 7430 0222.