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2020 Oweesta Capital Access Convening - Call for Proposals

Fri, 2019-11-08 12:24
From : Communities>>Open Forum
Submit a Session Proposal for the 2020 Native CDFI Capital Access Convening (June 23-25, 2020 - Portland, Oregon)   Play a part in our 2019 Native CDFI Capital Access Convening!   It's that time again to submit ideas for the 2020 Native CDFI Capital Access Convening! Oweesta's annual Native CDFI Capital Access Convening is a national event that brings Native CDFIs, Native American Financial Institutions, partners, practitioners, funders, investors, and bankers together for training and networking [More]

2019 OFN Conference Session Materials Available

Fri, 2019-11-08 10:20
From : Communities>>Open Forum
Hi Everyone, Session materials from the 2019 OFN Conference have been uploaded on CDFI Connect.  You can view all session materials and plenary videos in the OFN Resource Library . A few of the more popular sessions and plenary videos are: President Bill Clinton Keynote Address OFN's President and CEO, Lisa Mensah, Keynote Address Closing Plenary with Noel Poyo, Robin Danner, and Martin Eakes Democratizing Finance: Where Have We Come? Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: Benefits, Insights, and [More]

RE: SEO and Search Marketing for CDFIs - Would training or resources be helpful?

Thu, 2019-11-07 16:55
From : Communities>>Open Forum
Hi All, Thanks to everyone who has responded to the survey. I appreciate it.  I've connected with a few CDFIs directly and think I have a good path forward to start this series.  For the first training, I'll plan to do a brief introduction to SEO and then share real-time how I would diagnose and address a few common SEO and ranking challenges. I'm going to meet with a CDFI who has volunteered to be a guinea pig and go over some of their objectives/challenges and build a presentation around that. [More]

RE: Copywriters or Creative Agencies that write for CDFI's?

Wed, 2019-11-06 18:07
From : Communities>>Open Forum
Caitlin McShane is with EMC Strategies, which handles Opportunity Fund's PR and strategic marketing with excellent results. Before that, Caitlin was in-house at Opportunity Fund for nearly 10 years, where she honed some of the best impact writing and storytelling abilities in the industry. Highly recommend.  Caitlin McShane ------------------------------ Eric Weaver Founder Opportunity Fund San Jose CA 408-297-0204 Founder ------------------------------

RE: Copywriters or Creative Agencies that write for CDFI's?

Wed, 2019-11-06 17:32
From : Communities>>Open Forum
check out and you can contact Caitlin McShane < >. They are very familiar with CDFIs. Yuliya Tarasava | Co-Founder & COO e: p: 203.583.5154 Invest in people, not products. Learn More

2019 OFN Conference Reflection

Wed, 2019-11-06 12:12
From : Communities>>Open Forum
Hi Everyone, It was wonderful seeing many of you recently at the OFN Conference.  I want to give a special THANK YOU to OFN, for organizing an amazing event!  I am also providing a link to my reflections post-conference, entitled " 2019 OFN Conference: CDFI Work Matters ".   Looking forward to the next one!  Cheers, Lily ------------------------------ Lily Leavitt Community Development Practice Lead Craftsman Technology Group Boston MA 857 289-2472 ------------------------ [More]

RE: Investment Note Survey and Meetups

Wed, 2019-11-06 11:03
From : Communities>>Open Forum
Hi Elizabeth!  I am interested in receiving the summary findings.  Please email the summary to Thank you! ------------------------------ Dawn C. Deck Investments and Grants Manager South Carolina Community Loan Fund Upstate Office 160 E. St. John Street, Ste 376, Spartanburg, SC 29306 p. 864-278-8299 l f. 843.277.9133 ------------------------------

RE: Copywriters or Creative Agencies that write for CDFI's?

Wed, 2019-11-06 10:18
From : Communities>>Open Forum
I HIGHLY recommend Pixelspoke. Certified B Corporation, Best for the World 2017, 2018, 2019 ​ ------------------------------ Jamie (Chase) Strayer Founder CU Strategic Planning (253) 200-0418 ------------------------------

First Niagara CDFI Loan Fund Investments

Wed, 2019-11-06 09:28
From : Communities>>Open Forum
KeyBank, through it's acquisition of First Niagara, is requiring full repayment of our investment from First Niagara. I'm wondering what other CDFI loan funds this is happening to. I'm compiling a list for KeyBank National Advisory Board meeting next week. Please reply or reach out to me directly at I'm interested in dollar amounts and repayment terms. ------------------------------ Linda MacFarlane Executive Director Community Loan Fund of the Capital Region Albany [More]