The JP UP Date: #Thankyou! A Wonderful Give STL Day!

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Number 273                      May 10, 2024                            St. Louis


A Thank You for a Successful #GiveSTLDay

We are over the moon with gratitude!

Justine PETERSEN wants to extend its warmest thanks to our amazing community, dedicated board members, and beloved friends for their incredible support on GiveSTLDay! Your generosity and unwavering belief in our mission uplift us beyond words. You are the ones who make it possible for us to continue making dreams a reality and fostering financial empowerment. Together we stand stronger, making a lasting impact on countless lives. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you for your invaluable contributions. We couldn’t do it without you!



Aspen Institute’s Microfinance Impact Collaborative: Strengthening US Microenterprise Finance Organizations

Pictured: The Aspen Institute Microfinance Impact Collaborative Partners


The Microfinance Impact Collaborative is a group of six leading microlenders, who are Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs). The members include Allies for Community Business, Ascendus, DreamSpring, Justine PETERSEN, LiftFund, and Accion Opportunity Fund. The collaborative efforts of this group, along with the insights of our Chief Operating Officer Sheri Flanigan-Vazquez, Chief Executive Officer Robert Boyle, and the rest of the Aspen Institute team, are focused on advancing the efforts of microenterprise finance organizations in the United States.

Established in 2015, the Microfinance Impact Collaborative acts as a platform for its members to share their insights, innovations, and challenges related to expanding their microenterprise finance initiatives. By working together and sharing collective learning and action, members collaborate on various topics such as underwriting, capitalization strategies, non-bank alternative lenders, market dynamics, technological advancements, and organizational capacity building.

This team of microfinance leaders has been working together to publish valuable resources and organize events to share important learnings. By utilizing the knowledge and experiences of its members, the initiative aims to significantly increase the reach and effectiveness of microenterprise finance in the United States.

The Microfinance Impact Collaborative inspires us with their commitment to strengthening microfinance initiatives throughout the United States. By pooling resources and expertise, the group serves as a beacon of collaboration and collective learning, driving tangible progress in the field. Through their efforts, they remind us of the power of working together towards a common goal.



Lunch & Learn with Claim Academy! 

Are you interested in pursuing a career in the tech industry, but unsure of the best path? Claim Academy can help guide you toward your desired destination. Our comprehensive software development and cybersecurity programs provide hands-on training and practical learning outcomes that can open doors to exciting new career opportunities. In this program rundown, we will explore the highlights of our curriculum and the numerous career prospects that await those who upskill with us. Join us as we navigate the various pathways available for pursuing a career in the tech industry.

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Exciting News! Get Ready for the Revival of the My Credit Compass Cue- Coming Soon!

Are you tired of juggling multiple resources to build and manage your credit? Look no further! This is the one-stop shop that will help you understand and elevate your credit game to the next level. Look for the next issue in your e-mail box this coming week!

Want to know more? Contact Cameron Stuhl today! 





Choice Microenterprise Microloan Program is Here for You!

Our Choice Neighborhood Microenterprise Microloan Program is designed to empower small businesses and turn their visions into reality! If you’re a budding entrepreneur looking for financial support, you’ve come to the right place. Let’s work together to build a thriving community! Apply now and let your dreams take flight.

Click here to begin your application today!