About

We commit our hearts and lending resources to forgotten neighborhoods.

Neighborhood Progress Fund believes access to capital is the key to empowering entrepreneurs to play a leading role in the revitalization of their communities, regardless of their economic background. For twenty years, we’ve helped people in forgotten communities start and grow their businesses by providing loans and business development mentoring. Our approach makes all the difference — We lend a helping hand, too.

Often our customers have been turned down by traditional lenders because they are not considered creditworthy. As a nonprofit lender, we believe determination and community impact are the best indicators of eligibility. The loans we make are commitments to the community, improving the local economy and creating jobs for residents. We give the opportunity many entrepreneurs need to prove their creditworthiness and achieve financial independence, all while taking part in the revival of the places they live and love.

We believe in giving people a chance to create change in their communities.

We believe fostering entrepreneurship is the key to innovation.

We believe in the relentless pursuit of turning dreams into reality.

We believe determination and community impact are the best indicators of eligibility.

We know that believing in people pays dividends that effect positive change.

James A Wellons

Board Chair

Shirley L. Coker

Board Vice Chair

Margaret A. Cobb

Treasurer

Marnicia Devore

Secretary

Lisa L. Corbin

Loan Committee Chair

Kevin L. Valentine

Member

David L. King

Member

Benjamin F. Gilbert

Member

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