Values-Based

Our Native CDFI is culturally rooted based on indigenous values and principles created by the first peoples of the Pacific Northwest. Theses intersection of values honors Native Americans and their surrounding communities with the understanding of spiritual, family, and sharing of our gifts concept among Pacific Northwest tribal peoples. 

Five Core Values

  • Positive Approach and Welcoming Environment.

  • Honor Our Tradition and All Its Gifts.

  • Honoring Diversity.

  • Resilience and Adaptability.

  • Accountable and Responsible.

Thriving Into the Future

Lummi Community Development Financial Institution (LCDFI) offers a trusted, safe place for tribal members who are considering entrepreneurship, building a business and/or strengthening their credit by providing access to education, financing, and asset growth, in order to improve the prosperity and well-being of Native American families. 

LCDFI is able to offer these opportunities, based on Native Community values, and from community members who understand from the inside – out. This community-based perspective informs all actions and decisions of LCDFI and establishes a cooperative working atmosphere with all who partner and/or engage.

Who is Lummi CDFI today? 

Since inception in 2006, LCDFI's vision set out to create "a vibrant, resilient economy supporting our community’s spiritual and economic wellbeing." Our non-profit Native CDFI has focused on serving the tribal small business and entrepreneurs beginning within Lummi Nation and extending into the region. LCDFI was established because there was a need recognized in the community for access to capital for tribal small business, and for Native individuals and families to establish and build credit and financial wellness based on traditional, cultural and community values.

LCDFI has the following credentials:

  • 501 (c)(3) non-profit corporation (as of January 2012)

  • Nonprofit chartered under Washington State (as of May 2006)

  • Certified CDFI (as of 2008) and Community Development Entity (CDE, as of 2016) by the US Department of Treasury

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SUCCESS STORIES

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With the CDFI loan, I was able to increase my inventory and purchase a van to help me carry the gifts and flowers...I was able to travel to sell my products at different reservation gatherings. Thank you Lummi CDFI...

Jean Cultee, Jean's Gift Shop and Lummi Member

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I would like to attribute my success to my strong faith in God. The doors of opportunity have opened. After a years worth of careful business planning, praying, and utilizing the resources available to me..., I am proud to have the opportunity to own my own business and provide for my family...

 

Roy Finkbonner, Roy Finkbonner Trucking and Lummi Member

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I have utilized the Lummi CDFI...to purchase my commercial fishing boat. My intention was to use th boat for commercial crabbing. As it turned out, I was able to use it for commercial halibut, praws, and salmon. With the help of the CDFI program, I was able to enter the tribal commercial fisheries and gain valuable experiences.

 

Tim Ballew II, Commercial Fisheries and Tribal Member

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