Nimiipuu Community Development Fund is Certified!
-Shared by Jonelle Yearout, Executive Director at Nimiipuu Community Development Fund
As a new Executive Director who attended the Oweesta CDFI Bootcamp in January, I had chance to meet other organizations ranging from emerging to well established Native CDFIs to better understand the processes of operating a Native CDFI and meeting CDFI Certification requirements. Oweesta provided leadership and professionalism NCDF needed to start the application process for CDFI certification. During the process of getting all our materials compiled, I had my baby (a month early). And during my maternity leave I continued working with Caleb Selby from Oweesta over the phone or by email. His dedication and reassurance that NCDF had a great application allowed for peace of mind. Caleb was available whenever I had a question and if there is something we needed, he was there. Caleb’s eye for detail and dedication to our CDFI application work reminded me of a quote by Colin Powell, “If you are going to achieve excellence in big things, you develop the habit in little matters. Excellence is not an exception, it is a prevailing attitude.”
Nimiipuu Community Development Fund was elated to have been recently awarded CDFI Certification in July. NCDF appreciates the work of previous NCDF staff and an astute Board of Directors who provided a great foundation to meet the requirements for certification. We are thrilled to be part of the growing number of certified Native CDFI’s!