International Economic Development Council (IEDC) is dedicated to helping economic development professionals improve the quality of life in their communities. With over 4,000 members, the Council represents all levels of government, academia, and private industry. IEDC provides a broad range of member services including research, advisory services, conferences, professional certification, professional development, publications, and legislative tracking. IEDC is the best source of information on economic development and the best network for economic development professionals.

A national association dedicated to the advancement of development finance concerns and interests, the Council of Development Finance Agencies is the most comprehensive development finance organization in the country. CDFA is comprised of the nation's leading members of the development finance community representing public, private and non-profit entities alike.

The Neighborhood Funders Group is a national network of foundations and philanthropic organizations supporting community-based efforts that improve economic and social conditions in low-income communities. NFG provides information, learning opportunities, critical thinking and other professional development activities to its member foundations.

PolicyLink is a national nonprofit research, communications, capacity building, and advocacy organization working to advance policies to achieve economic and social equity. PolicyLink collaborates with a broad range of partners to implement strategies to ensure that everyone – including those from low-income communities of color – can contribute to and benefit from economic growth and prosperity.

Center for Financial Services Innovation, an affililate of ShoreBank Corporation, acts as a hub for research, partnerships and change, CFSI helps pioneering institutions both large and small to better serve underbanked consumers across the economic, geographic and cultural spectrum. Our mission is to enable both the consumer and the company to prosper by leveraging the transformational change taking place in the financial services industry, harnessing new technologies, strategies, and partners to create new opportunities for growth.

The Institute for Policy Research (IPR) is an interdisciplinary public policy research institute founded in 1968 at Northwestern University. Our mission is to stimulate and support excellent social science research on significant public policy issues and to disseminate the findings widely – to students, scholars, policymakers, and the public at large. Faculty are drawn from sociology, political science, economics, education, communications, law, and management.

The Asset-Based Community Development Institute (ABCD), established in 1995 by the Community Development Program at Northwestern University's Institute for Policy Research, is built upon three decades of community development research by John Kretzmann and John L. McKnight. The ABCD Institute spreads its findings on capacity-building community development in two ways: (1) through extensive and substantial interactions with community builders, and (2) by producing practical resources and tools for community builders to identify, nurture, and mobilize neighborhood assets.

Sponsored by the FannieMae Foundation, knowledgeplex.org is a news, data, and research resource for housing and community development professionals.

The Joint Center for Housing Studies is Harvard University's center for information and research on housing in the United States. The Joint Center analyzes the dynamic relationships between housing markets and economic, demographic, and social trends, providing leaders in government, business, and the non-profit sector with the knowledge needed to develop effective policies and strategies.

The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development groups 30 member countries sharing a commitment to democratic government and the market economy. With active relationships with some 70 other countries, NGOs and civil society, it has a global reach. Best known for its publications and its statistics, its work covers economic and social issues from macroeconomics, to trade, education, development, and science and innovation.

The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation was established in the mid-1960s by the late entrepreneur and philanthropist Ewing Marion Kauffman. Based in Kansas City, Missouri, the Kauffman Foundation is the 26th largest foundation in the United States with an asset base of approximately $2 billion. The Foundation works nationwide to catalyze an entrepreneurial society in which job creation, innovation, and the economy flourish. We work with leading educators, researchers, and other partners to further understanding of the powerful economic impact of entrepreneurship, to train the nation’s next generation of entrepreneurial leaders, to develop and disseminate proven programs that enhance entrepreneurial skills and abilities, and to improve the environment in which entrepreneurs start and grow businesses. The Kauffman Foundation is the only large American foundation to focus on entrepreneurship.
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