The JP UP Date: $1.5M Awarded From CDFI Fund

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Number 148                        December 10, 2021                                   St. Louis

Justine PETERSEN Receives $1.5M Financial Assistance Award from the U.S. Treasury Community Development Financial Institutions Fund (CDFI Fund)

The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Community Development Financial Institution Fund (CDFI Fund) awarded 265 Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) $180.3 million in Financial Assistance (FA) awards this week, with Justine PETERSEN receiving $1.5 million.  The awards through the fiscal year (FY) 2021 round of the Community Development Financial Institutions Program (CDFI Program) and the Native American CDFI Assistance Program (NACA Program) will enable CDFIs to increase lending and investment activity in low-income and economically distressed communities.  JP’s award includes $500K to be specifically deployed to entrepreneurs with disabilities.

Applications are Now Open for Bank of America’s Student Leaders Program

Through Student Leaders®, Bank of America recognizes high school students who lead and serve in their own communities and beyond. Bank of America connects Student Leaders to tools and resources to help make communities better. Every year, Bank of America connects four St. Louis based community-minded high school juniors and seniors to employment, skills development and service.  Participants are awarded paid summer internships with local nonprofits and will attend a national leadership summit in Washington, DC.  The Student Leaders Summit focuses on skill building and creating a more civically engaged society. Visit the Student Leaders page for more information. Click here to apply from November 1, 2021, through January 28, 2022

Personal Finance: Holiday Online Scams & Protecting Your Information

This article on tips and resources was provided by Justine PETERSEN intern Codi Holt.

As the holiday season is in full swing, it is important to protect your personal financial information, especially when shopping online. Taking advantage on the increase in online shopping during this time of year, identity thieves will use many tactics to obtain your personal information, and it is important to practice safe shopping behaviors.

Firstly, be wary of social media ads (on sites like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, etc.), as they can lead you to a cloned site of a legitimate store. Instead go directly to the site using your internet browser to insure it is the official site.

Be aware of missing package scams as well. Some scammers will send emails asking you to click on a link to track your package; however, clicking the link may allow them to steal your private information. Be sure to never click a link from an unexpected delivery or from an email that does not belong to the company that you purchased your item from.

Lastly, look out for fraudulent websites. With a national increase in supply-chain issues, many scammers are creating fake websites advertising popular gifts that are out of stock or hard to find. Be sure to shop from trusted websites and brands.

For more information, please click here.

Happy Birthday to JP Staffer Shawna Collier!

Shawna Collier is JP’s CPO (Chief Partnership Officer or Chief Party Officer depending on the day and duty).  This past Thursday was her birthday, which from all accounts, constituted a national holiday, at least for fellow JP staffers. Happy, Happy Birthday Shawna!




And Happy Birthday to JP Staffer Travis Williams!

JP staffer Travis Williams also celebrated a birthday this week, and you can guess who dressed him up in his birthday attire?  Yup, Shawna Collier.  We believe Shawna was prepping for her birthday later in the week.  That said, Travis did indeed have his day.  Happy Birthday TW!