Brightpoint helps communities, families, and individuals remove the causes and conditions of poverty.
In 1965, William G. Williams helped start the Allen County Economic Opportunity Council (ACEOC.) During his administration, the ACEOC operated 11 varied programs, including Head Start, Legal Services, Neighborhood Youth Corps, Economic Development, Emergency Food and Medical Services, Youth Development, Neighborhood Services System, Foster Grandparents, and Planning and Research. Several of these programs are still in existence in some form. In 1983, the ACEOC became Community Action of Northeast Indiana, Inc. (CANI) as the service area expanded to include additional communities outside Allen County.
In 2015, as the agency approached 50 years of helping people in the communities where we live and work, the name was changed once again to Brightpoint.
Brightpoint is a private, non-profit agency that promotes economic and community development by providing resources, helping people gain access to opportunities, and teaching them the skills they need to become self-sufficient.
Brightpoint, operating as the Community Loan Center (“CLC”) of Northeast Indiana, is licensed and examined under the laws of the State of Indiana and by state law is subject to regulatory oversight by the Indiana Department of Financial Institutions. Brightpoint is proud to provide this affordable, risk-free alternative to payday and car title loans. All earnings are reinvested into the program for expansion and lending capital.
The Community Loan Center is seeking grants, loans, and investments. The CLC program puts grant money from foundations and corporate donors to work year after year, re-loaning the grant funds up to 8 times every 5 years. The CLC program delivers measurable positive outcomes demonstrating how the CLC helps borrowers improve their financial health.
Reduced interest rate loans make it possible to bring needed relief to local economies by supporting the CLC. Foundations involved in impact investing can provide Program Related Investments and Mission Related Investments to CLC local lenders. Bank loans for CLC capital provide an excellent way to fulfill bank Community Reinvestment Act obligations.
Social investors may invest in the Community Loan Center directly. By accepting a modest rate of return on investments, private companies, religious institutions, nonprofit organizations or individuals can make a difference in their communities by supporting the Community Loan Center.
Financial Literacy classes are offered utilizing the FDIC Money Smart curriculum, a financial education program. Financial education is a key to financial stability, understanding how credit and banking services operate can lead to financial confidence.
Open to the general public.
Brightpoint has two ways to access our financial education program: attend our scheduled workshops or go through the FDIC Money Smart Curriculum online. Both options are free of charge.
To access the FDIC Money Smart Curriculum you will need to go to their website and register. Once registered you have access to all the different modules listed, from an introduction to bank services to purchasing a home. If you are unable to complete a module, you are able to save your progress and log back in at a later time.
227 E. Washington Blvd.
Fort Wayne, IN 46802