CCDFI Receives 2024 Real Leaders Impact Award

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Clearinghouse CDFI to be honored at Global Celebration on February 6th

Lake Forest, CA January 17, 2024 — In its sixth year, Real Leaders®, a Global Media, CEO network and Certified B Corp, which is dedicated to inspiring the future of business, is thrilled to announce the 2024 Top Impact Companies. With over 500 applications from 15+ countries, the awards ranked privately-owned companies by asking 30 questions within 6 categories of I.M.P.A.C.T (Intention, Model, People, Accountability, Collaboration and Transformation) to vet and rank companies based on those parameters. 

In addition to the new I.M.P.A.C.T categories, the awards debuted five new awards such as: Most Valuable Mission, Most Innovative Model, Most Impactful People, Best Collaboration, and Most Transparent.

“After five successful years of producing the go-to list of the ‘Top Impact Companies’ it was time for Real Leaders to expand its mission by growing an impact awards community that preserves its integrity while scaling its impact.” said Kevin Edwards, Real Leaders’ General Manager.

The 2024 list features a mix of respected impact brands of all sizes and from a variety of industries with companies such as: Brandless, Generate Capital, Cotopaxi, and Every Man Jack. SEE IMPACT AWARDS RANKING.

“It’s an honor for Clearinghouse CDFI to be selected as a Top Impact Company by Real Leaders, standing with other organizations dedicated to purposeful growth and community impact,” stated Doug Bystry, President/CEO of Clearinghouse CDFI. “Our persistent dedication to financing community development has played a pivotal role in earning this distinction and reflects our vision for fostering economic empowerment in underserved communities.”

A special “Real Leaders UNITE” awards celebration will be held in San Diego on February 6, 2023 to honor the winners.


Real Leaders is the fastest-growing community for impact leaders backed by a global media platform dedicated to driving positive change. Founded in 2010, Real Leaders recognized and advocated that businesses take more responsibility to be as cognizant of their impact on employees, society, and the planet as they are on their bottom line. Real Leaders is an independently owned certified B Corporation and member of the UN Global Compact. Our mission is to unite farsighted leaders to transform our shortsighted world.

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About Clearinghouse Community Development Financial Institution (Clearinghouse CDFI):

Clearinghouse CDFI addresses unmet credit needs throughout the U.S. and in Indian Country through direct lending, equity investments, and financial assistance. For 28 years, Clearinghouse CDFI has helped bridge the gap between conventional lending standards and the needs of low-income, distressed, and communities of color. Clearinghouse CDFI is also a B Corp—a certification received from the nonprofit B Lab. B Corps are companies who meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, transparency, and accountability, and use business as a force for good. More information is available at


Media Contact:
Ron Demeter, Partner
Vectis Strategies on behalf of Clearinghouse CDFI
Phone: 310-614-1059