Advocacy

  • OFN advocates for policies that better position CDFIs to provide

  • access to capital to disinvested rural, urban, and Native communities nationwide.

Overview

OFN is the leading public policy voice for the CDFI industry. OFN advocates for policies grounded in the direct market experiences of our CDFIs. We work on behalf of and alongside our Members to help shape federal and state policies that enhance CDFIs’ efforts to leverage capital.

About Our Network

OFN’s network includes more than 250 performance-oriented CDFIs. Our Members provide responsible, affordable lending that creates jobs, stimulates small businesses, and deliver both sound financial returns and real changes for people and communities. In 2016, OFN’s Members achieved their results with a net charge-off ratio of just 0.35%, the same or better than most FDIC-insured institutions.

Please explore:

Federal Policy Priorities: OFN’s federal policy priorities reflect what is most important to CDFIs in their work to increase economic opportunity in communities left out of the economic mainstream.

State Advocacy: CDFIs partner with the public sector at the state and local level too. Learn more from our State Legislation and Advocacy Reports.

Policy Communications: Archive of OFN’s communications with members of Congress, agencies, and regulators.

CDFI Coverage Map: An innovative tool that provides policymakers and stakeholders a glimpse of the CDFIs that work in their communities and the national footprint of the CDFI industry. Users can view the locations where OFN Members are located and financing they provide by sector.

Contact Us

For more information, contact Jennifer A. Vasiloff, Chief External Affairs Officer, at jvasiloff@ofn.org.

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