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CFPB Returns $4.6 Billion to Consumers in Four Years

African American news from Pasadena - Small Business - Consumer Financial Protection Bureau newsIn recent days, many policymakers and analysts have noted the July 21 anniversary of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). It marked the anniversary of President Obama signing the historic Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act into law.

The cornerstone of the law's reform was the creation of a new bureau dedicated solely to ensuring that when it came to financial services, consumers would have a cop-on-the-beat, fighting for and ensuring transparency and fairness.

CFPB has vigorously pursued its mission. In celebrating the anniversary, the Bureau announced that $4.6 billion has been returned to 15 million consumers. And here are four more consumer victories, thanks to CFPB actions:

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Reader Success!

An Interview with Judy Davis – Part One

African American news from Pasadena - Small Business - Judy Davis and fundraising tipsWe eat, drink and sleep fundraising. It's what we love. We truly enjoy and embrace the people and organizations we work with. We get excited when clients take the tools we develop for them and put them to work. We cherish their successes and most importantly we celebrate their work. At the end of the day fundraising is all about attracting resources for nonprofit organizations and institutions that make a difference in people's lives. While not every organization is in a position to hire fundraising counsel, there are so many people doing wonderful things who need just a few suggestions, or some new information so they can do a better job and raise more money. These are the people we write FUNdraising Good Times for.

This column is our way of giving back and sharing information about fundraising, fund development and the important roles of nonprofit board members, staff and volunteers. It was almost nine years ago that FUNdraising Good Times debuted in The Globe Newspaper in Oakland, CA. There are now 30 papers and two magazines from around the country that publish this column. This commitment on the part of publishers and editors demonstrates their commitment to growing the nonprofit sector and supporting the people who give their time and energy to serving others.

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