Small Business Lending Fund
Issue Date: 2011-09-06

This call is for OFN Members that have received notice of preliminary approval for Treasury’s Small Business Lending Fund (SBLF). The purpose of the call is to discuss the legal documentation, and for Members to compare notes on any challenge or issues they or their attorneys may be seeing in the legal agreement. Donna Fabiani, OFN, and Lloyd Shields, CFO of IFF, will lead the call.

Shaping the CDFI Bond Program
Issue Date: 2011-07-26

The formal process to implement the CDFI Bond Guarantee program opened in late June. Participants heard about OFN’s efforts to respond to a public Request for Comments on the bong guarantee program and learned about tools available to shape the program.

OFN’s Strategic Plan
Issue Date: 2011-06-22

Mark Pinsky and OFN Board Members will lead a discussion of what OFN’s 2011-2025 Strategic Plan means to OFN and our Members in the next 5 years. Key points of the plan—including impact and coverage—have broad implications for all of us. Take this opportunity to understand OFN’s short-term milestone goals as we seek to achieve our mission of leading CDFIs and their partners to ensure that low-income, low-wealth and other disadvantaged people and communities have access to responsible, affordable financial products and services.

Small Business Lending Fund/CDFI Hearing
Issue Date: 2011-05-26

May brought a lot of attention to CDFIs! The Treasury Department is expected to release guidelines and applications for CDFI loan fund participation in the $300 million Small Business Lending Facility. And on Capitol Hill, Senate appropriators held a hearing highlighting the CDFI Fund and CDFIs’ role in small business support. Hear about both of these exciting developments.

Portfolio Review
Issue Date: 2011-05-04

A critical element of portfolio risk management is the portfolio review. Pat Barford, author OFN TA Memo, Portfolio Review: A Critical Element of Effective Portfolio Risk Management, will lead this call. Pat will explain what a portfolio review is, why it is important, the components of a portfolio review, and how a CDFI can use portfolio review to manage risk.

FHLB Advances
Issue Date: 2011-04-28

Participants heard from Clearinghouse CDFI, the first CDFI to receive an advance from the Federal Home Loan Bank System. Clearinghouse staff shared insights about the process, the impact on their institution, and tips for working with the FHLB’s underwriting. Please note that this recording includes an inadvertent mischaracterization about the use of CARS™ Ratings Reports in FHLB membership applications. CARS™ rated CDFIs that would like the FHLB to have access to their ratings reports should contact Paige Chapel or Jon Schwartz prior to applying for membership.

PR StoryWire
Issue Date: 2011-04-20

In second quarter, OFN’s Strategic Communications department is launching a new service to increase public relations opportunities for OFN’s membership. This new service, StoryWire, will allow OFN Members who subscribe to receive "real-time" reporter requests for CDFI stories and data via an instant email alert. If you respond to a StoryWire inquiry, OFN will package and pitch your information to reporters in a timely manner, and we will all benefit from telling the CDFI story more frequently and effectively. On this Staying Connected call, Stefanie Arck and Lina Page will discuss how Members can benefit from and participate in this great new opportunity to increase visibility for your organization.

2011 Call for Conference Sessions
Issue Date: 2011-04-05

On April 5th, Donna Fabiani held a call on the 2011 Call for Sessions to discuss the types of sessions that OFN is looking to offer at this year’s conference, to review the information OFN will need in each proposal, and to answer questions.

Issue Date: 2011-03-17

No matter what other items are on OFN’s policy agenda, appropriations for the CDFI Fund are always at the forefront. Hear about the President’s budget request, the prospects for new and existing CDFI Fund initiatives, and the impact of changes in Congress on the Fund’s FY2012 funding level.

Market Conditions Q4 2010
Issue Date: 2011-03-09

Following a brief presentation of the findings from OFN's Fourth Quarter 2010 CDFI Market Conditions Survey, Donna Fabiani and Kristi Coker, Chair, OFN Board Market Conditions Committee, will lead a discussion on what CDFIs are experiencing under current market conditions and how they are responding.


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