Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco

Community Development

Building Sustainable Organizations for Affordable Housing and Community Impact

May 10, 2012

On May 8 in San Francisco and May 9 in Los Angeles, the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco partnered with Enterprise Community Partners to host Building Sustainable Organizations for Affordable Housing and Community Impact. Targeted at staff, management and directors of private and public funding organizations and institutions, this event presented findings from two research papers including a set of risk management guidelines and a dashboard for measuring portfolio progress, along with an introduction to the concept of nonprofits generating excess cash assets for investment purposes. 

Papers and Presentations

“Early Warning Systems for Affordable Housing Properties: Identifying and Communicating Property Risk” provides guidelines for developing an early-warning system for properties from feasibility to Year 15. Presenters shared sample tools (e.g., criteria, guidelines and dashboard indicators) that can help boards and senior management assess risks at various stages in a project’s life. These tools are intended to aid in deciding whether a project should move forward, when it should be deferred and when to approach lenders and other stakeholders for assistance.
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“Putting the Profit in Nonprofit: Increasing Cash in Social Enterprises in Order to Make Them Sustainable” explores the unique abilities and restrictions on acquiring cash for nonprofit entities as compared to their for-profit counterparts. Presenters will explore the resulting implications on strategy for nonprofit housing development organizations as well as potential implications on giving for the funders that support them.
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