The 501c3 nonprofit UPI Loan Fund is a division of Unified Progress International (UPI) Education and an American African-led Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI). We play an important role in producing economic growth and development within low to moderate-income communities, especially for people of color within the United States.
UPI Education was incorporated in 2004 after developing a copy-written Life Skills Solutions(TM) curriculum, designed to provide students, parents, teachers and mentors with the tools to navigate life’s challenges and develop a purposeful life. After years of training hundreds of individuals we decided to take it to the next level, helping families, businesses, and communities in gaining access to affordable capital including personal and business loans. We look to transform capitalism into humanism.
Frank Crump, is an international businessman having lived and worked in Asia for 20+ years, as a corporate Aerospace/Defense Director and Telecoms entrepreneur. He co-founded, as President and Chairman, a manufacturing company, which was named one of the Top 100 Black Businesses in America. As the Founder of UPI Education and UPI Loan Fund, he maintains a passion for helping people.
Kerwin Brown, brings considerable experience with over thirty years in sales, marketing and business development as the Founder and Managing Principal for K-Vaughn Consulting, LLC.
He has held positions in the insurance, banking and investment industries. Kerwin is the former President and CEO of The Black Chamber of Arizona, and served as Treasurer and Western Regional Director for the United States Black Chambers, Inc.
Wilbert Guilford, based in Phoenix, AZ. is a Certified Public Accountant, Certified Internal Auditor, Certified Information Systems Auditor and Certified Financial Planner™. He has more than 35 years of experience in auditing, accounting, and income taxes. He has experience in government, private industry, and not-for-profit organizations. He is a retiree of the Air Force Reserves and enjoys developing strategies for investing, retirement planning, and income tax savings. He also enjoys physical fitness and good nutrition.