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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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    LOCUS Impact Investing is a national, mission aligned, nonprofit consulting firm and registered investment advisor serving foundations across the country looking to use more of their assets to promote prosperous and vibrant communities. LOCUS embraces and supports the emerging role for place-focused philanthropies to lead their communities in offering safe and affordable housing, quality jobs, climate protection, and access to vital community services. LOCUS is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Virginia Community Capital (VCC), a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI).
  • Capital Impact Partners, headquartered in Arlington, VA, operates nationally, with local offices in Detroit, MI, New York, NY, and Oakland, CA. For over 40 years, Capital Impact Partners has been a not-for-profit mission driven lender that has supported the development of low-income underserved communities nationwide, focusing in five key sectors - healthcare, education, healthy foods, housing and aging. Capital Impact is also supporting the redevelopment of Detroit through multiple partnerships with banks and foundations.
  • Executive Director

    The National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC) is an association of more than 600 community-based organizations that promotes access to basic banking services, including credit and savings, to create and sustain affordable housing, job development, and vibrant communities for America’s working families.

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  • COVID-19 is proving to be a formidable enemy. It’s made its way around the world with relentless efficiency, hitting small businesses and low-income, low-wealth communities the hardest. There are many forces galvanizing to help these businesses and communities during and after the pandemic. Among the most well-positioned of them are CDFIs.
  • By a vote of 96-0, on March 25 the US Senate passed the CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security) Act, which commits $2 trillion in emergency spending to address the COVID-19 (coronavirus) crisis. The House of Representatives passed the bill by voice vote and President Trump signed the CARES Act into law on Friday, March 27.
  • OFN announced today that we are working with Google to launch the Grow with Google Small Business Fund. The $125 million fund will deliver responsible financing to CDFIs to help thousands of small businesses hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Based in Greensboro, North Carolina, new OFN member Piedmont Business Capital  (PBC) is on a mission to create shared economic prosperity for local minority and women entrepreneurs. With roots dating back to 1992, when the formerly named Greensboro Venture Capital Fund (GVCF) was created to address unrest in historically underinvested African American communities, PBC offers business training and loans up to $250,000 for entrepreneurs in the state’s north-central Piedmont region. 
  • OFN is actively monitoring developments around COVID-19 (the coronavirus) as we plan our 2020 events. In response to the evolving situation, we have decided to postpone the three Regional Meetings  we had planned for March through May (Jackson, MS; Oakland, CA; and Austin, TX) until further notice.

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