Craft3 partners with bankers across Oregon and Washington.
Craft3 is a nonprofit lender that makes loans in Oregon and Washington — often to those that don’t qualify for traditional financing. We use capital as a tool for social good — to build resilience, lessen the racial wealth
gap and expand economic opportunity.
We can’t make every deal, but we can often lend to businesses that don’t meet a bank’s requirements. Like any lender, we want to make sure we get paid back. So long as it’s a business or nonprofit that you believe can succeed, we’re interested in learning more.
Have a loan you want to make but can’t? Send it to us. If the potential borrower qualifies with us, we’ll take the loan risk and you keep the deposit and primary relationship. When the time is right for the borrower to transition to a traditional lender, we’ll refer them back to you.
As soon as you have an inkling that this is a loan you can’t make, give us a call and tell us what you know.
You’ll stay in the conversation, and your client will appreciate the gesture.
As your referral progresses, we’ll do our best to keep you in the loop. And, if we are able to offer them financing, we hope to be in a position to refer the business back to you.
If you already know a Craft3 lender, please reach out directly.
If not, please use the Contact Craft3 form below to send us a message. We’ll get back to you within two business days.
Looking for information on how your bank can invest in Craft3 and receive Community Reinvestment Act credit? Click here >
Craft3 has been able to approve loans to entrepreneurs with sub-600 credit scores, so long as there’s a good explanation and the business is promising.
Purchasing a building can be a giant step forward for a business. Craft3 can finance the purchase of commercial real estate, often at much higher LTV than traditional lenders. Learn more >
Entrepreneurs with limited equity often can’t qualify for financing. Craft3 can consider low or no-collateral loans.
Business owners without access to friends and family capital can have trouble getting a business off the ground. Craft3 can lend to startups that have a clear path to profitability and the skills needed to get there.
Many small business owners don’t keep perfect records. If the business is strong, Craft3 can work with entrepreneurs with
Nonprofits can have a hard time accessing capital. Craft3 can help bridge grant awards or capital campaigns for established nonprofits and help them better serve their communities. Learn more >
* Businesses owned by entrepreneurs of color may qualify for lower rates and special terms
“Capital, Relationships, and Voice: Investing in Communities and Change.” Craft3’s plan for building a stronger Pacific Northwest.
Deepening impact and focusing resources on creating enhanced outcomes. Craft3's plan for getting better over getting bigger.
If you have a nonprofit client that doesn't meet your bank’s requirements, see how Craft3 may be able to help with a nonprofit loan.
If you have a client who's a food or beverage processor and doesn't meet your bank’s requirements, see how Craft3 may be able to help with a RLOC.
We can’t do every deal, but we can often lend to businesses that don’t meet your bank’s requirements. Check out our referral guide to determine if your client would be a good fit for Craft3.
If you have a business client that doesn't meet your bank’s requirements, see how Craft3 may be able to help with a loan up to $250,000.
If you have a business client that doesn't meet your bank’s requirements, see how Craft3 may be able to help with a loan over $250,000.
When Burch Energy Services, an existing customer, came back to Craft3 to take out a loan to let them build out an office space, we looked again at their finances. They looked ready for traditional bank financing, so we referred the deal and the entire banking relationship to Summit Bank. Everyone wins!
“As a banker, I often found myself saying, “No,” to good people with good ideas. Craft3, a mission-driven community development financial institution, can take more risks and make loans banks can’t. For example, we’re often able to finance good businesses with “bad” credit, so long as there’s strong business opportunity and plausible explanations for any credit blemishes.”