About Us

About CEF

Mission Statement

The Community Empowerment Fund cultivates opportunities, assets, and communities that support the alleviation of homelessness and poverty.




Investing in People and Their Potential

The Community Empowerment Fund (CEF) is a student-powered non-profit organization focused on enabling and sustaining transitions out of homelessness and poverty.

Founded in 2009, CEF provides relationship-based support, workforce development, financial education, and matched savings accounts to individuals experiencing or at-risk of experiencing homelessness in Orange and Durham Counties of North Carolina.

CEF’s current strategy combines relationship-based support with financial services that achieve equity. Our members are connected to a supportive community of volunteers and advocates to help achieve their goals. We work with members to secure housing, gain employment, and build savings in order to achieve financial security and sustain transitions out of poverty.

We uphold a dual purpose of empowering members to achieve their goals while developing student leaders. We are passionate about sustaining transitions out of homelessness, and leverage the combined resources of amazing volunteers, partners with a shared belief in mission, and collaborations across a wide spectrum to support each person uniquely and holistically.

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Annual Reports

Annual Report 2014
Annual Report 2013


#24 — Imagining our Future
#23 — New CEF Offices. New CEF Stories!
#21 — CEF and Duke Partnership! Staff reflections and advocate workshops!!
#20 — What is it like to spend a Summer at CEF?
#15 – Summer Staff, Founder's Circle, our 2013 Annual Report, etc
#17 — 200K+ Saved, Johnney's story and Graduation Weekend!
#011 — June 2013
#010 — March 2013
#009 — October 2012
#008 — August 2012
#007 — April 2012
#006 — February 2012
#005 — December 2011
#004 — October 2011
#003 — August 2011
#002 — May 2011
#001 — March 2011