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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
  • 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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  • Self-Help is a leading national community development financial institution headquartered in Durham, NC. Since 1980, Self-Help has provided $8.5 billion in financing to 159,000 families, individuals and businesses. It helps drive economic development and strengthen communities by providing responsible financial services; lending to individuals, small businesses and nonprofits; developing real estate; and promoting fair financial practices across the nation.
  • Global Partnerships (GP) is an impact-first investor dedicated to expanding opportunity for people living in poverty. Impact-first investing means investing in a way that seeks the greatest possible social impact, while seeking to preserve capital with a modest financial return for investors. GP believes that impact-first investing has an essential role to play in advancing sustainable solutions to poverty for millions of people worldwide.
  • The Seattle Office of Housing, an executive office of the Mayor, increases opportunities for families of all incomes to live in our city. For over 30 years, the City has managed investments from the Seattle Housing Levy and incentive programs for developers to fund the preservation and production of affordable apartments and homes in Seattle. To date, nearly 12,000 affordable units have been funded and over 1,500 have been created through incentives.

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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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