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February 25, 2014

CRF's Frank Altman elected as Ashoka Fellow

The largest global network of social entrepreneurs puts system changing ideas into practice

MINNEAPOLIS - February 25, 2014 - Community Reinvestment Fund, USA (CRF), a Minneapolis-based national non-profit and Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI), announced today that President and CEO Frank Altman has been elected as an Ashoka Fellow.

Ashoka Fellows are leading social entrepreneurs who are recognized to have innovative solutions to social problems and the potential to change patterns across society. Ashoka Fellows work in over 60 countries around the globe.

"I am honored to be a member of such a distinguished group of social innovators and high-impact entrepreneurs," said Altman. "I look forward to collaborating with this powerful network of individuals to find innovative solutions to the most pressing economic and social problems facing our world."

CRF is a non-profit organization dedicated to creating positive impact in America's underserved communities. Our mission is to improve the lives of disadvantaged people and strengthen distressed communities through innovative finance. For more information:

Ashoka is the world's largest organization of social entrepreneurs and changemakers.  Founded in 1980 with the belief that the most powerful force in the world is a big idea in the hands of an entrepreneur, Ashoka has funded nearly 3,000 social entrepreneurs in 70 countries, providing these extraordinary individuals with funding, collaborations, and pro bono assistance to launch and scale their ideas and to create a network of peers and partners. For more information:

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