CDFI versus CDE certification: What’s the difference?

Both CDFI and CDE certification can help grow your credit union’s Field of Membership. Learn about how the two designations differ as well as how to qualify.

Benefits of CDFI/CDE Certification

Certification as a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) or Community Development Entity (CDE) makes an organization eligible to apply for awards under the CDFI Fund’s competitive programs. The funds made available through these programs help organizations further serve economically distressed communities and low-income individuals.


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