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  • 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 ... more
  • About this Community

    Hello friends! We created this CDFI Connect Community as a platform for sharing information, cross-pollination of ideas, and organization around the topics of clean energy, efficiency, and climate resilience. Several overlapping groups wanted to be ... more
  • 2019 Small Business Finance Forum Registration is Open

    OFN's 2019 Small Business Finance Forum will bring more than 350 representatives of CDFIs, other mission-driven small business lenders, and their partners together for a day and a half of valuable learning and networking that supports their mutual business ... more

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  • President and CEO

    Way Finders seeks a President and CEO (CEO) to achieve the organization’s vision: to build communities in which people do not struggle with income inequality and everyone has access to opportunity and rewards attained through dedication and hard work. Way Finders’ current CEO, Peter Gagliardi, will retire in 2020 following 28 years of dedicated leadership to the organization.
  • In 1930, breakfast cereal pioneer Will Keith Kellogg donated $66 million in Kellogg Company stock and other investments “to help people help themselves,” launching the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. The foundation began its work in Michigan, but by the 1940s had expanded its work internationally and was breaking ground in areas such as rural children’s health, “mainstreaming” children with disabilities, and the development of the healthcare profession. By its 50th anniversary, the foundation was among the world’s largest private philanthropic organizations.
  • Community Development Bankers Association (CDBA) is the national trade association of FDIC-certified Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) banks and thrifts. Our members are mission-focused institutions that provide lending, financial services, and technical assistance in disinvested urban, rural and Native American communities across the United States. We are the voice of the CDFI and mission focused banking sector through public policy advocacy, promoting industry best practices, and peer networking.

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  • Yesterday, Federal Reserve Board Governor Lael Brainard gave a speech  at the Urban Institute outlining a vision for reforming the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) regulations that differs significantly from the proposal put forward last month by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC).
  • On Wednesday, January 29, OFN SVP of Financial Services Andrea Longton will participate in a conversation at the World Bank Visitor Center in Washington, D.C., with fellow finance professionals who have expertise in social impact investing through community development financial institutions (CDFIs). They will discuss how CDFIs help drive affordable capital into low-income communities that are often overlooked by traditional sources of financing. Panelists will include:
  • The FHLBank Chicago is currently accepting nominations for its annual Community First Awards , which recognize FHLBank Chicago members and their local partners as they work together to strengthen the communities they serve.
  • OFN’s latest "Inside the Membership" report provides FY 2018 information on 239 of the more than 270 CDFIs that make up OFN's membership.

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