On May 11th, Finance Fund and Finance Fund Capital Corporation (FCAP) hosted an annual networking celebration, sponsored by Capital One, at the historic Bluestone in downtown Columbus. This reception commemorated 30 years of economic development partnerships as well as projects that have demonstrated our principles of being: Mission Driven. People Focused. Community Inspired.
Our success would not have been possible without our great partnerships and sponsors. I am so proud of the accomplishments we have achieved in the past year, focusing on our vision of empowering Ohio’s low to moderate income communities. Our 2016 annual report was released and we thank this year’s sponsor Rea & Associates.
Over 200 business, elected, community and nonprofit leaders attended this celebration. We thank US Bank whom sponsored our creative food stations. Part of the fun included our raffle prizes brought to us by Merrill Lynch and our variety of desserts provided by Huntington Bank. The networking at the reception was made possible by our sponsor Barnes and Thornburg.
We congratulate our award recipients:
Our Community Champion award recognizes selfless commitment to advocacy, fellowship and stewardship to advance the health, education and well-being of community residents in meaningful and significant ways. This award was presented to Nothing Into Something Real Estate, Inc.
Nothing Into Something Real Estate (NISRE) Inc. is a faith based non-profit organization that has been successfully serving the homeless since 2006. NISRE’s CEO, Dr. Michele Reynolds accepted this award presented by Finance Fund’s Credit Officer, Kelly Cook.
Our Visionary Funder award recognizes a funder who works with Finance Fund Capital Corporation (FCAP) to direct benefits to underserved, low-income populations in Ohio through innovation and initiative as well as extraordinary commitment and perseverance. This award was presented to Opportunity Finance Network (OFN).
Opportunity Finance Network (OFN) is the leading national network of CDFIs, investing in opportunities that benefit low-income, low wealth, and other dis-invested communities in the U.S. Members of OFN’s Financial Services Team, Robin Odland, Max Gritzuk and Keys Daniels accepted this award presented by FCAP’s Senior Manager of Development, Amber Seitz.
Following the awards presentation, we heard a few words from our Community Voice, Mrs. Julie Luu, who spoke on behalf of The Childhood League Center. The Childhood League Center opened their new facility earlier this year. Partnering with Capital One, Finance Fund provided federal and state New Markets Tax Credit financing to help The Childhood League Center build a larger and more modern building to serve more than 450 children, under the age of 6, who are at risk of or have developmental delays.
“The Childhood League Center has been life- changing for my family”, said Julie. Her son, Ben, had been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. With the help of intervention and specialized services from The Childhood League Center, Ben’s rapid improvement caused his diagnosis to be questioned in a recent evaluation and he continues to thrive.
Ending the program, we looked back at the 30 year history of Finance Fund and FCAP partnerships and projects, portrayed by a photo montage. We would not be able to do this important work without the strong support of all of our esteemed partners and we are grateful to all of you. Especially this year’s sponsors that made this event possible.