Information Call on the Bond Guarantee Program Survey
Issue Date: 2015-03-24

Listen to Cathy Dolan explain OFN's exploration of applying to borrow under the Bond Guarantee Program in 2015. The call explains OFN’s strategy, as well as introduces a survey to gauge Member interest in such a loan product.

OFN Connect Findings
Issue Date: 2014-12-02

Listen as Mark Pinsky and Nancy Santiago Negrón review results from the roundtable discussions on equity, diversity, and inclusion in the CDFI industry that were held during OFN Connect at the 30th OFN Conference in Denver. Mark and Nancy discussed a summary of the conversations we had in the roundtable discussions, a summary of equity-related comments you provided in your online Conference Evaluations, and provided an update from OFN as we continue to refine our own internal processes.

Lessons Learned from Create Jobs for USA
Issue Date: 2014-11-18

Listen to a discussion on OFN’s new working paper CDFI Practices in Jobs Data Collection and Tracking: Lessons Learned from Create Jobs for USA. The paper looks at the data collection efforts behind Create Jobs for USA, sharing what we learned, best practices, and sample CDFI data collection forms and processes. The goal of the paper is to help improve the quality of jobs data collected by the opportunity finance industry. With this working paper, we seek to initiate a discussion that can help the opportunity finance field develop best practices in measuring job creation and retention. Click here to view the presentation.

Staying Connected on Policy: 2014 Midterm Election Results Briefing
Issue Date: 2014-11-11

Hear about the outcome of key Congressional and state races and the potential impact on industry policy priorities, including CDFI Fund appropriations, the CDFI Bond Guarantee Program, and the New Markets Tax Credit program.

LIIF's Social Impact Calculator
Issue Date: 2014-10-02

Finding ways to measure and express impact is an ongoing challenge for CDFIs, their borrowers, and funders. The Low Income Investment Fund (LIIF) recently launched its Social Impact Calculator as a way to tackle that challenge. The calculator is an online, open source tool that puts a dollar value on the social impact of investments in low-income communities. Listen to Dan Rinzler and Nancy Andrews, LIIF talk about the Social Impact Calculator, its methodology and ways you can use it in your own work. Click here to view the PointPoint.

Staying Connected on Serving Minority-owned Businesses
Issue Date: 2014-09-04

OFN, with the support of the Surdna Foundation, is researching barriers to and best practices in CDFI financing for minority-owned businesses. Listen to OFN Members share their experiences as we begin this important conversation. This call will be the basis for a session at the 2014 OFN Conference in Denver.

Staying Connected on Policy: Updates & CDFI Fund Data Collection
Issue Date: 2014-08-14

Hear about the latest on CDFI Fund appropriations, the status of housing finance policy reform, and OFN’s work on state policy trends. Learn how you can weigh in on the CDFI Fund’s proposal to collect data from certified CDFIs.

CDFI Coverage Map
Issue Date: 2014-03-28

The CDFI Coverage Map shows where CDFIs are active, what kinds of financing they are providing, and how much. This important tool is useful in defining and measuring the impact of CDFIs across the country—as well as where they are needed—but we need your help for it to be used to full advantage. Listen to this podcast to learn all about the powerful benefits of this unique tool for the opportunity finance industry.

Credit Builders Alliance
Issue Date: 2014-02-19

Learn about the Credit Builders Alliance (CBA) and how the organization helps build credit for consumers and businesses. Two OFN Members share how they are using CBA’s products and services, and a borrower joins the call to discuss the impact a better credit score has had on their life. Citizen Potawatomi Community Development Corporation, People Incorporated Financial Services, and CBA staff will be on the call. Click here to view the presentation.

CDFI Opportunity Agenda Update
Issue Date: 2013-12-11

You can get an update on what’s going on in Washington, DC, and other information on progress on the CDFI Opportunity. You’ll also hear about the Advocacy Day scheduled for May 21, 2014 and how you can participate.


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