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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
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    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

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  • Vital Healthcare Capital (V-Cap) is a not-for-profit CDFI dedicated to strengthening quality healthcare in low-income communities. We finance community health centers and behavioral health organizations, advocate for health equity including good healthcare jobs, and build partnerships to strengthen communities in need. Our lending has recently focused in Colorado and New York, and will expand in the coming year. We partner with Self-Help, one of the largest CDFI entities in the country, to bring scalable capital and national reach to the communities we serve.
  • Vital Healthcare Capital (V-Cap) is a not-for-profit CDFI dedicated to strengthening quality healthcare in low-income communities. We finance community health centers and behavioral health organizations, advocate for health equity including good healthcare jobs, and build partnerships to strengthen communities in need. Our lending has recently focused in New York and Colorado, and will expand in the coming year. We partner with Self-Help, one of the largest CDFI entities in the country, to bring scalable capital and national reach to the communities we serve.
  • CEI integrates financing, business and industry expertise, and policy solutions to help grow good jobs, environmentally sustainable enterprises, and shared prosperity in Maine and other rural regions. CEI envisions a world in which communities are economically and environmentally healthy, enabling all people, especially those with low incomes, to reach their full potential. PLEASE NOTE*** DESPITE THE COVID-19 OUTBREAK, CEI IS STILL ACTIVELY RECRUITING FOR THESE POSITIONS. WE WILL CONDUCT INTERVIEWS VIA SKYPE TO ENSURE EVERYONE’S SAFETY AND COMFORT.

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  • On May 20, the Office of Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) released its final Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) rule just six weeks after the end of the public comment period. Significantly, the Federal Reserve and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) did NOT endorse the OCC rule creating a regulatory environment where different banks will be evaluated differently for their compliance with CRA, depending on their regulator. While not unprecedented, this is very unusual.
  • On May 13, the House Small Business Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Tax, and Capital Access held a virtual forum for their members on the implementation of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). OFN’s Senior Vice President of Public Policy Dafina Williams testified, along with representatives from the National Association of Government Guaranteed Lenders, the Small Business Investor Alliance, and BancFirst.
  • Recently two reports on the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) were released. In addition, a U.S. District Court in Michigan ruled that the SBA cannot limit which small businesses are eligible for the PPP: Reports Released
  • OFN is excited to announce the launch of its newest community on our CDFI Connect  virtual platform!
  • On May 14, OFN opened registration for our first-ever virtual Small Business Finance Forum . A must-anticipated event since 2012, this year the Forum takes place during a global pandemic when CDFIs—America’s financial first responders—are working tirelessly to provide COVID-19 relief and recovery assistance to small businesses across the country.

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