Membership in the Partnership for Financial Equity is open to all Massachusetts not-for-profit, community-based organizations and quasi-public and public agencies. Organizations and agencies interested in becoming a community partner of the Partnership for Financial Equity should contact Tom Callahan at tcallahan@financialequity.net.

Membership Benefits

Participation in the Partnership for Financial Equity can help enhance an organization’s programs by:

  • Providing opportunities for staff to meet regularly with local bankers and other community representatives. Community representatives who attend committee meetings get to discuss community investment programs with bank officials and listen to the concerns and recommendations of other community advocates, all in a low-key, collegial setting.  A great opportunity to build relationships.
  • Keeping staff informed about state and local community development programs.  Representatives from state and municipal programs; public, quasi-public and regulatory agencies; and community based organizations are regularly invited to speak at committee meetings.  Community representatives who attend committee meeting, or who just receive committee minutes, can hear first hand about program changes and new initiatives.
  • Supporting Partnership for Financial Equity research on mortgage and small business lending patterns.  Our annual reports on Small Business Lending and Mortgage Lending Patterns – provide bankers and community-based organizations with solid, detailed information on lending patterns.  Community-based organizations especially appreciate the availability of data on local lending and how it compares with other areas.
  • Providing staff with a forum for emerging community development issues.  Bankers and community representatives both use Partnership for Financial Equity committee meetings as a place to raise new concerns, to compare local experiences and to share information on successful program strategies.
  • Lending support for and helping to develop important community development initiatives such as Basic Banking for Massachusetts.  Community advocates play an important role in the development of Partnership for Financial Equity programs and community support helps to encourage bank participation.

Participating in Partnership for Financial Equity Activities

Community partners are invited to sign up staff for any or all of our committees, depending on the organization’s areas of interest.  Staff on the committee distribution lists can attend meetings or simply receive committee minutes and mailings.  Community partners also receive copies of all Partnership for Financial Equity reports and publications.

 

Becoming a Member Community Partner

Organizations and agencies interested in becoming a community partner of the Partnership for Financial Equity should contact Tom Callahan at tcallahan@financialequity.net.

 

Current Member Community Partners: