Seal of the Center for Community Social Impact

Community Impact

Led by Filene Fellow Dr. Mai Nguyen, the Center for Community Social Impact will measure and expand credit unions' social impact to help develop a strategic advantage in the communities they serve and become a catalyst for positive community transformation.

Community Impact

Filene Fellow

Mai Thi Nguyen
Mai Thi Nguyen
Director, The Design Lab; Professor, Urban Studies and Planning
University of California San Diego

Community Impact Research

The Opportunities for Credit Unions in the Face of a Changing Climate
Community Impact / Jul 21 2022
The Opportunities for Credit Unions in the Face of a Changing Climate

Consumer expectations for businesses have shifted in the face of a climate change. Credit unions can differentiate themselves by diversifying their product portfolio and expanding on lending business.

Strategy Guide to Creating Social Impact
Community Impact / Jul 13 2022
Strategy Guide to Creating Social Impact

This guide offers an overview for credit unions to flexibly and strategically address societal challenges and become key players in developing resilient communities.

What Bees Can Teach Us About Entrepreneurial Ecosystems
Community Impact / Jun 17 2022
What Bees Can Teach Us About Entrepreneurial Ecosystems

Credit unions are looking to impact their communities, build local economies and help close racial and gender wealth gaps. The solution to these challenges? Local entrepreneurs.

The Changing Climate for Credit Unions
Community Impact / May 10 2022
The Changing Climate for Credit Unions

Climate change is one of the most important challenges today. Transformational change is needed to confront and adapt to the impacts of climate change. Credit unions can aid in this transformation.

An Investment Opportunity that Benefits All
Community Impact / Apr 22 2022
An Investment Opportunity that Benefits All

A first-of-its-kind research report takes on the important discussion around the potential impact of climate change and credit unions.

Community Social Impact: The Urgency of Now
Community Impact / Jan 18 2022
Community Social Impact: The Urgency of Now

With financial institutions and businesses committed to community social impact like never before, a sense of urgency to address society’s most difficult social issues has emerged.

What is Social Impact and Why is it One of the Imperatives of Our Day?
Community Impact / Jan 18 2022
What is Social Impact and Why is it One of the Imperatives of Our Day?

A sense of urgency to address society’s most difficult social issues has emerged at a time when the world is...

big.bright.minds. 2021 Video Recap
Oct 28 2021
big.bright.minds. 2021 Video Recap

Inspiration and innovation doesn’t happen in isolation. Take a look at insights, photos and more from the 2021 big.bright.minds. event.

Maximizers of Impact
Community Impact / Jun 18 2021
Maximizers of Impact

We have seen more than our fair share of economic and social challenges over the past year, and with each...

Community and Social Impact Overview
Community Impact / Dec 10 2020
Community and Social Impact Overview

Led by Filene Fellow Dr. Mai Thi Nguyen of the University of North Carolina, the Center of Excellence for Community...

Filene Launches Center of Excellence to Measure Community Development in Financial Services
Community Impact / Oct 28 2020
Filene Launches Center of Excellence to Measure Community Development in Financial Services

Dr. Mai Nguyen of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill named as research fellow.

Amplifying Social Impact Ten Percent at a Time.
Aug 24 2020
Amplifying Social Impact Ten Percent at a Time.

We present a feasible and beneficial approach for the credit union industry to amplify their corporate social responsibility, creating an opportunity for greater impact.

Amplifying Social Impact: The State of Credit Union Giving
Community Impact / Aug 18 2020
Amplifying Social Impact: The State of Credit Union Giving

There is a sea change underway in how credit unions go about planning, pursuing, measuring, and reporting their philanthropic efforts...

How Credit Unions Can Spur Mutual Support in a Pandemic
Apr 21 2020
How Credit Unions Can Spur Mutual Support in a Pandemic

The spirit of mutuality is coming alive again in response to the novel coronavirus pandemic and the resulting economic crisis...

Pathways to Financial Well-being
Community Impact / Feb 28 2020
Pathways to Financial Well-being

Qualitative Research Findings from the Reaching Minority Households Incubator Filene tracked the outcomes of three lending programs through the lives...

The Stakeholder-Empowering Philanthropy of Edward Filene
Community Impact / Dec 20 2019
The Stakeholder-Empowering Philanthropy of Edward Filene

The origin and continued success of the US credit union sector can be attributed in large part to a unique...

Reaching Minority Households Incubator
Community Impact / Aug 08 2018
Reaching Minority Households Incubator

Many traditional financial institutions struggle to meet the needs of minority households. Filene, Visa, and the Ford Foundation conducted this research to find out why.