Podcasts

Policy Year-End Wrap-Up
Issue Date: 2009-12-18

The end of the year brings an extended break for Congress. Listen to the OFN Policy staff talk about what policymakers had wrapped up before the recess and what they expect their priorities to be as we move into 2010. Hear about OFN’s work as we move into a new appropriations cycle.

Market Conditions Q3 '09
Issue Date: 2009-12-02

Following a brief presentation of preliminary findings from OFN's Third Quarter 2009 CDFI Market Conditions Survey, Donna Fabiani and Mark Pinsky led a discussion on what CDFIs are experiencing under current market conditions and how they are responding.

Staying Connected on Policy: Childcare, Charter School, and Rural Microenterprise Finance
Issue Date: 2009-11-11

Participants heard the latest on new developments to support childcare facilities finance and charter school finance advocacy. They also learned about new resources for rural microenterprise and shared perspectives on proposed regulations for the new Rural Microenterprise Assistance Program.

CDFI Fund Reports
Issue Date: 2009-10-15

CDFI Fund awards distributed through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act brought new reporting requirements. Participants discussed the challenges of complying with the first quarterly report on these funds.

Federally-Guaranteed Bond
Issue Date: 2009-09-16

Participants in this call heard about OFN’s exciting new initiative to secure CDFI resources through a federally-guaranteed bond. OFN’s Sandra Kerr described the proposed legislation, gave an overview of the program it would create, and talked about our legislative strategy for its passage.

Market Conditions Q2 '09
Issue Date: 2009-09-02

Following a brief presentation of preliminary findings from OFN's Second Quarter 2009 CDFI Market Conditions Survey, Calvin Holmes, Vice Chair of the OFN Board and Chair of the Board's Market Conditions Committee, led a discussion on what CDFIs are experiencing under current market conditions and how they are responding.

Community Development Block Grant Program
Issue Date: 2009-08-20

Cheryl Neas lead a discussion that revolved around last years' OFN conducted survey which revealed that the CDBG Program is an important resource for many CDFIs. Members shared experiences and proposed ideas for future changes.

Chief Financial Officers Stay Connected
Issue Date: 2009-08-06

OFN CFO Beth Lipson leads a discussion with more than 20 OFN Member CFOs on how the current economic downturn is impacting CDFIs' capitalization efforts and financial and risk management.

Staying Connected on Policy: Liquidity Enhancement
Issue Date: 2009-06-16

OFN Members heard important updates on CDFI Fund appropriations and Fund award announcements, learned the status of Federal Home Loan Bank system proposals for CDFI membership, and discussed two important new developing opportunities: a small business capital access program (CAP) and a liquidity enhancement initiative.

Market Conditions Q1 '09
Issue Date: 2009-06-03

Following a brief presentation of preliminary findings from OFN's First Quarter 2009 CDFI Market Conditions Survey, Calvin Holmes, Vice Chair of the OFN Board and Chair of the Board's Market Conditions Committee, led a discussion on what CDFIs are experiencing under current market conditions and how they are responding.

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