The MISSION of FLAG is to enhance the vitality of local individuals, businesses, cooperative associations, and other non-governmental institutions, thereby improving the quality of life and harmonious relationships for everyone within the extended community. To accomplish its mission, FLAG provides financial support through interest-free loans. In addition, FLAG provides non-financial business assistance in collaboration with its strategic partners. FLAG prioritizes micro-finance for inner-city entrepreneurs.
The VISION of FLAG is to serve as a trusted, permanent anchor resource for robust collaborative financial capacity. FLAG brings money and talent to, and pools money and talent from within, inner-city neighborhoods. Such funds and capabilities are then employed and re-circulated within the community as productively as possible. Through its activities, FLAG seeks to establish an increasingly resilient and cohesive urban fabric, knitting together neighbors who are more affluent with those who have more limited resources.
The ESSENCE of FLAG is extended community self-help. Folks whose economic aspirations are currently thwarted because they lack access to financing can obtain help from FLAG. Provided family, friends, neighbors, congregants, or other community members are willing to guarantee repayment, anybody is eligible to receive an interest-free FLAG loan for any well-conceived business purpose.