Community building is never easy and the needs continue to grow. Throw in a global pandemic and community support efforts by organizations like Community First Fund rise to unprecedented levels. In this episode, we talk with Dan Betancourt, President and CEO of the Lancaster-based Community First Fund about city and state emergency business funds created during COVID-19, his organization’s history of business and community support initiatives and communicating a major merger in Philadelphia during the pandemic.

Dan Betancourt is the President and CEO of the Lancaster-based Community First Fund. He has led the organization since 1999. Founded in 1992, Community First Fund is a private, independent nonprofit community development financial institution (CDFI) that serves a 20-county region in Central Pennsylvania, the Lehigh Valley and Philadelphia.