• OFN Conference Featured Speakers Announced

    Taking place just one week after the national election, the 2020 OFN Conference will cover topics critical to the future of community development finance: the post-election landscape, racial justice, and attracting new capital to our fight to broaden economic opportunity for people and places across America.

    Follow the link to check out all our featured speakers!
  • Announcing OFN Virtual Conference Session Tracks

    The 2020 OFN Virtual Conference will offer more than 40 breakout sessions across seven tracks: Capitalization & Fundraising, CDFI Sustainability, Financing, Native CDFIs, Public Policy, Racial Equity, and Resilience & Climate.

    We’re excited about the breadth of session topics, their practical application, and our presenters’ expertise. Here are a few session titles from several tracks to provide a flavor of what you can expect:

    The Capitalization & Fundraising track is for CDFIs and their investors. Sessions include:• Go Boldly: CDFIs Forging Partnerships with Nontraditional Investors, focusing on new investors such as Google 
    • Unusual Suspects: Family Offices & Wealth Management Firms as Emerging Sources for CDFI Capital
    • For Investors Only: Structuring and Diligencing CDFI Investments

    The Financing track covers all aspects of CDFI lending, from customer acquisition to technical assistance, loan products, and risk management. Sessions include:
    •  Advancing Prosperity and Economic Justice through Less Traditional Loan Products, with members of the Partnership for Rural Transformation
    •  Building a Pipeline: Technical Assistance as a Path to Credit 
    • Stress Testing in the Time of COVID-19

    The Racial Equity track focuses on CDFIs as well as their clients. Sessions include:

    • The Fierce Urgency of Now: The Launch of the African American Alliance of CDFI CEOs, with Inez Long, CEO of Black Business
    • The Impact of COVID 19 on Latinx Small Businesses: What Happened and What’s Next?
    • ​Challenges to Accessing Capital for Developers of Color
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  • Native CDFIs wanted to collaborate

    Thank you all for joining the Native CDFI Community! We are still in the process of finding cdfis that woulld like to collaborate to share their resources, stories and events. Please reach out to for more information!
  • Registration now open for OFN’s 2020 Virtual Conference!

    Fall is here and with it comes the CDFI industry's most anticipated event-OFN's Annual Conference. This year, to keep everyone safe, the Conference is virtual, offering a wonderful opportunity for more attendees and broader audience participation. Don't miss it-register today!

    With the theme of Finance Justice, this inspiring, four-day event will engage public and private sector thought leaders with CDFIs and our supporters in critical dialogue about today's most pressing issues. Learn how the post-election political landscape will impact CDFIs, talk about the path to racial justice, and take the challenge to do more to broaden economic opportunity.

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    Don't miss thought-provoking plenaries, more than 40 breakout sessions, and the opportunity to connect with your peers and others in the CDFI industry.

    This year, we offer special sessions and resources for investors and funders who are new to CDFIs. And we offer complimentary registration for students to learn about our industry.

    Join us for this remarkable and unprecedented event!
  • The 2020 OFN Conference is Going Virtual!

    Get ready! We're taking the 2020 OFN Conference virtual!

    After deep consideration, we are moving forward with an adapted Conference format that prioritizes the health and safety of our participants and staff amid the ever-evolving COVID-19 pandemic. Although we regret missing the opportunity to gather with you in Los Angeles, we're excited to go virtual and we hope you'll mark your calendars and plan to join us from your laptop on November 9–12.

    Now in our 36th year, the annual OFN Conference is the premier event for community development financial institution (CDFI) practitioners, funders, investors, policy makers, and other advocates of economic opportunity and justice for people and communities in America who are left behind by traditional finance.

    In the coming weeks, please watch for a call for sessions email. We hope you will consider submitting a session proposal. In September, we'll reveal our Conference theme and open registration for our virtual event.

    Till then, stay healthy and safe.
  • 2020 Small Business Finance Forum – Event Website Now Available!

    Our 2020 Small Business Finance Forum event website is now available!

    On June 16 and 17, OFN held its ninth annual-but first-ever virtual-Small Business Finance Forum for more than 800 mission-driven lenders, partners, and other advocates. Our largest Forum to date, this year's event focused on ensuring a shared recovery for financially under-served small businesses across America impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, economic decline, and persistent racial inequality.

    If you missed the Forum or there's something you'd like to revisit, you can access all event content until July 2021. Please enjoy the plenaries, Administration and elected official remarks, "Meet a Small Business" demos, and our Partner Showcase, free of charge. You can access the eleven breakout sessions by using your login credentials from the live event, or register by visiting the event website. The registration fee is $50.
  • Speakers Announced-2020 OFN Small Business Finance Forum

    We’re just two weeks away from our first-ever virtual Small Business Finance Forum. Now more than ever, the nation’s small businesses need CDFIs. Join us for conversations focused on emergency relief and ensuring an inclusive recovery for all America’s small businesses.

    We’re pleased to announce our latest confirmed plenary speakers:

    • Robert F. Smith, CEO/Chairman, Vista Equity Partners
    • US Representative Nydia Velazquez (D-NY), Chair of the House Small Business Committee
    • Mayor Greg Fischer, Louisville, KY

    Our breakout sessions will include Inequality in the Pandemic: Entrepreneurs of Color; New Lending: Underwriting and Credit Risk Management in Uncertain Times; and CDFIs and State and Local Governments: Sparking Recovery Together.

    Also, don't miss event breaks featuring CDFI-funded small business owners, including Chef Terence Phillips, owner of Something Fishy, who will lead attendees in a special cooking demonstration.
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    With our virtual format and affordable registration fees, we hope to reach a wide audience, particularly in this critical time of need for CDFIs and the small businesses our industry serves. Please use our promotional toolkit to help spread the word.

    We look forward to seeing you June 16-17 at the 2020 Small Business Finance Forum: Virtual Edition!

  • Lending Where it Counts: An OFN Conference for the Record Books

    By the numbers, the 2019 OFN Conference will go down in CDFI history: 1 President William Jefferson Clinton; more than 1,600 attendees (the most yet!); 119 sessions across 11 tracks; special policymaker and industry guests; 5 CDFI-led tours through D.C. and Baltimore; 60 Congressional office visits and 4 Congressional Champions; numerous formal and informal networking opportunities; and 43 Expo vendors... it was a feast of learning for practitioners, funders, investors, and policymakers.

    From October 20-23, the industry gathered in Washington, DC to showcase Lending Where it Counts, the 2019 Conference theme. In sessions, plenaries, and meetings, we explored and shared new strategies and opportunities for CDFI investment: making a difference for the people and places CDFIs serve. Reaching deep. Getting the job done... Lending where it counts.

    See our full list of highlights, with speaker videos, session materials, photos, and blog recaps at!