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Individual Development Accounts – Part 1

Individual Development Accounts – Part 1

Individual Development Accounts (IDAs) are a great way to build wealth in your community and improve your service, investment, and lending performance on your next CRA Exam. IDAs are matched savings accounts created to help low and moderate community members save for...

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The Rewards of Service

The Rewards of Service

Back when I was new to CRA and running a CRA program at a large bank, it was easy to get distracted by the many ways to be of service. Sure, we created CRA service goals but I wondered if just serving on boards and committees would be enough. Sure, the hours compile...

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CRA Service Fundamentals

CRA Service Fundamentals

Remember the days when we were volunteering for nonprofit fundraising dinners or waking up early Saturday morning to participate in a community walk fundraiser? The pandemic has changed many of the ways we volunteer, but the core concepts of Community Reinvestment Act...

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Why You Should Conduct CRA Self-Assessments

Why You Should Conduct CRA Self-Assessments

Are you crystal clear on your bank’s performance? Do key stakeholders know how they fit into the CRA function of the bank? Do you know everything you need to know for your upcoming CRA exam? These are the questions that all CRA Officers need to know the answers to,...

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Community Involvement Ideas During COVID – VITA

Community Involvement Ideas During COVID – VITA

Are you looking for impactful, CRA-qualified volunteer opportunities during the pandemic? The IRS and local social service nonprofits in your communities are looking for volunteers to support the IRS's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, a free basic tax...

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