The Community Empowerment Fund is working to end the racial wealth gap by supporting over 1,000 Members, annually, in reaching their employment, housing, and finance goals. Our approach combines person-centered support with advocacy and financial services that pursue equity. CEF’s work is grounded in recognition of the detrimental impacts of systemic racism on Black and Brown members of our communities and we value the leadership of people with lived experiences with homelessness and poverty.

Support CEF During our Spring Appeal!

Donations support CEF’s ongoing work to end the racial wealth gap. Any amount will help ensure CEF remains strong and vibrant as we continue to evolve. Epworth United Methodist Church in Durham and an anonymous donor will be matching donations from new and returning donors through June 30 for up to $5,000.

Durham - Emergency Rental Assistance Program

The Emergency Rental Assistance Program is open to Durham residents that make 80% Area Median Income or less and are obligated to pay rent for a residential dwelling. Applicants must have experienced a hardship due to COVID-19 and demonstrate a risk of housing instability or homelessness. Applications are online and all applicants will need an email address to register. CEF is contracting with the City of Durham to support anyone in need of assistance with an application. If you are in need of assistance with the application please reach out via email (ERAP@communityef.org) or by phone (919.351.5723). This project is supported, in whole or in part, by federal award numbers ERA0207, awarded to the City of Durham, and ERA0422, awarded to Durham County, by the U.S. Department of the Treasury.

ISO: Strategic Planning Consultant

The Community Empowerment Fund (CEF) is seeking an experienced strategic planning consultant to design and facilitate a participatory planning process that will create a 5 year strategic plan for the organization. Proposals are due June 15, 2021. More information available here.

Tax Incentives for Charitable Giving!

The CARES Act, passed in 2020, offers important tax incentives for donors interested in increasing their charitable contributions in 2020 and 2021. Taxpayers who do not itemize can take an above-the-line deduction of up to $300 while those that do itemize their returns can take deductions for gifts made up to 100% of their adjusted gross income. For more information check out the IRS website.

The Community Empowerment Fund presents:
SHARE the LOVE: Art Show 2021

Did you miss the Art Show? Or, enjoyed it so much you’d like to see it again? Replay whenever you’d like from the Art Show page of the CEF website. 
Please share with friends. 
CEF Annual Report We are a resilient community 2020
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CEF Presents Time + Talents Podcast
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