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RE: CDFI Research Working Group Call on 10/2 at 2PM EST -

Tue, 2019-10-01 08:20
From : Communities>>Open Forum
So sorry - just learned of a meeting that I must attend tomorrow that conflicts with this kick-off.  I am very enthusiastic about this collaboration, so sharing my initial responses to the prompts in the agenda. Hope that's helpful.  Also, does anybody here want to get together for an early coffee on Tues 10/22 at OFN? Following (in italics) are my thoughts on the prompts: - Introducing  ...  other call participants (where do you work, what is your role, what sort of research do you do or what sort [More]

Key Person Insurance

Mon, 2019-09-30 12:55
From : Communities>>Open Forum
Increasingly, we find ourselves making loans to one-person non-profits or non-profits whose strength is their charismatic leadership of their founder (even as they have grown to a few employees). I keep wondering if we should be requiring key person insurance for these loans. Does anyone require this insurance?  Any insights or thoughts on processes for this would be greatly appreciated. ------------------------------ Eileen Neely Director of Lending Housing Assistance Council Washington DC 202-869-23-93 [More]

RE: CDFI Research Working Group Call on 10/2 at 2PM EST -

Mon, 2019-09-30 07:32
From : Communities>>Open Forum
Thanks Catherine and Jamie.  This is sure to be an interesting discussion.  CDFI Connect users, please note that registration is open to anyone via the following link:  https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4081230333955743757 .  Affiliation with an OFN member CDFI is not required to participate. ------------------------------ Lance Loethen Vice President, Research Opportunity Finance Network Philadelphia PA (215) 320-4343 ------------------------------

RE: CDFI Research Working Group Call on 10/2 at 2PM EST -

Fri, 2019-09-27 14:06
From : Communities>>Open Forum
Thanks for pulling this together, Jamie. I am attending and v. interested in meeting with peers and colleagues doing similar work. Catherine ------------------------------ Catherine Dun Rappaport Vice President, Learning and Impact Measurement BlueHub Capital Boston MA (617) 427-3587 ------------------------------

RE: CDFI Research Working Group Call on 10/2 at 2PM EST -

Fri, 2019-09-27 10:14
From : Communities>>Open Forum
We appear to have had a technical glitch with the registration link - thanks to everyone who emailed me to let me know. The link has now been updated in the original post. Please use the new link ( https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4081230333955743757 ) to register for the call. If you were able to register using the previously posted link, please register again using the newer one (sorry for having to make you register twice!). ------------------------------ Jamie McCall Vice President, [More]

Now Streaming! The Secrets to Obtaining CDFI Fund Certification!

Thu, 2019-09-26 18:33
From : Communities>>Open Forum
Dear Colleagues - now streaming on a computer near you, The Secrets to CDFI Fund Certification!   Designed for emerging CDFIs and economic development lenders that interested in learning about the power of certification and how it can increase sustainability and impact. Enjoy!  ------------------------------ Jason Friedman Principal Friedman Associates 319-341-3556 jasonj@friedmanassociates.net www.friedmanassociates.net ------------------------------

Consumer vs Commercial Lending

Thu, 2019-09-26 09:23
From : Communities>>Open Forum
Hi all, My organization is a CDFI making commercial loans.  We've recently launched a solar panel loan product that is getting great uptake, but have had questions about our ability / capacity to finance them for borrowers who may bridge commercial / consumer purpose.  Specifically, we've had some farmers and home-based business people ask about our financing, and we have some trepidation about what we may be getting into if we blur the distinction.   I suppose it's fair to say that we're concerned [More]

Take Ownership of Your Lending System

Tue, 2019-09-24 11:17
From : Communities>>Open Forum
Hi Everyone, Just wanted to share my blog: Take Ownership of Your Lending System .  As you know your lending system plays a critical role in your constituents' experience. Ownership of that system begins long before go-live – it starts with selecting the right platform and implementing it with an eye towards the future. And, the system's long-term success relies heavily on how it is maintained. This post details an ownership model comprised of three pillars: support, operations and growth. Would [More]

RE: CDFI Symposium - Call for Papers

Tue, 2019-09-24 10:57
From : Communities>>Open Forum
This is a great opportunity to explore the importance of CDFIs - I'm hoping you will get lots of submissions! We'll be submitting a paper that explores the literature on why program evaluation of CDFIs is particularly challenging (as well as what we can tell, from the current scholarship, about CDFI outcomes).  Which, by the way, if anyone in the CDFI research or impact evaluation community is reading this - if you've done research that looks at program evaluation in this space please email me or [More]

CDFI Research Working Group Call on 10/2 at 2PM EST -

Tue, 2019-09-24 10:20
From : Communities>>Open Forum
Hello CDFI community - A few months ago OFN , CNote , and Carolina Small Business asked for feedback from forum users to gauge interest in a research collaborative. We received 48 responses which indicated an interest in this type of project. It looks like there is a wide array of interest - from both CDFIs themselves and partner organizations. More than half of respondents showed an interest in all of the research areas we asked about (peer-reviewed research, impact assessment, market studies, and [More]

RE: OFN Board of Directors Elections

Mon, 2019-09-23 12:38
From : Communities>>Open Forum
i'm happy to see two long-time colleagues on this list - Marshall Crawford and Sara Morgan. I have personally witnessed how they both have dedicated their lives to opportunity finance. They bring unique perspectives on urban and rural community development as well. Congratulations! ------------------------------ Sarah Greenberg Regional Director, Southeast Wisconsin Forward Community Investments Madison WI sarahg@forwardci.org ------------------------------

How Improving Financial Literacy improves Communities

Mon, 2019-09-23 11:39
From : Communities>>Open Forum
For OFN members - The High Impact of Financial Literacy and Telling our Money Stories  – is the new Sept 19 issue from the award-winning GreenMoney Journal. We all know the saying that "time is money" which seems truer today than ever. But do take some of your time to read these articles, mentioned below, to inform your own thoughts and feelings about money and its impact on communities.  Read the articles at -  https://greenmoney.com   • A Dream Deferred   by Amberjae Freeman, COO at Etho Capital [More]

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OFN Board of Directors Elections

Mon, 2019-09-23 10:26
From : Communities>>Open Forum
OFN's Governance and Nominating Committee unanimously approved the following slate to run for three seats on the Board of Directors:  OFN 2019 Board Elections - OFN Conference 2019 - Washington, D.C.   https://thehousingfund.org/news/ • Aisha Benson, Executive VP, TruFund Financial Services, Inc. (New York, New York) • Marshall Crawford, President & CEO, The Housing Fund (Nashville, Tennessee) • Shane D. Jett, CEO, Citizen Potawatomi Community Development Corporation (Shawnee, Oklahoma) • Kristine [More]

CDFI Symposium - Call for Papers

Mon, 2019-09-23 09:25
From : Communities>>Open Forum
The Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, in partnership with the Federal Reserve Banks of Atlanta, Minneapolis, Richmond, San Francisco, the Board of Governors and the CDFI Fund is organizing a CDFI Symposium on May 19-20, 2020 to introduce current and rigorous research that spans disciplines – from law, public policy, business, economics and more. The longer-term goal is to grow the body of research on CDFIs. The Symposium will take place in St. Louis.   We invite researchers to submit papers that [More]

Looking for registration-only scholarship for OFN conference

Fri, 2019-09-20 13:44
From : Communities>>Open Forum
I have a local colleague in Milwaukee who has a long history of working in community organizing/development but is new to the CDFI world who would like to attend the OFN conference in DC. Her organization is already sending someone so she doesn't have access to funds from her workplace. She will be in DC on a personal trip so only needs a registration. If anyone knows of scholarship opportunities or sponsors who have available slots, please let me know! ------------------------------ Sarah Greenberg [More]

PolicyMap Webinar for CDFIs

Fri, 2019-09-20 13:43
From : Communities>>Open Forum
Hi Everyone, For anyone not familiar, PolicyMap is an online data and mapping tool created by a CDFI (Reinvestment Fund) and used across the CDFI industry. We are offering a webinar this coming Monday, 9/23 at 1 ET for CDFIs who want to see the latest with PolicyMap and learn how CDFIs use it to strengthen their NMTC applications, target their lending, and communicate the impact of their work to the public. You can register for the webinar here . It will cover how to easily: Strengthen your NMTC [More]

RE: Rumor has it: Is there a New England User Group?

Thu, 2019-09-19 09:31
From : Communities>>Open Forum
Following! ------------------------------ Kimberly Epstein 617-422-0200 ------------------------------

RE: Seeking Sample Photo/Video Release Form

Wed, 2019-09-18 14:19
From : Communities>>Open Forum
That is a GREAT suggestion. I will look to incorporate it into future versions of the document. Thank You! Barbara Anne Barbara Anne Gardenhire-Mills, M.S.E.L. Director of Compliance & Engagement/Technical Assistance Officer Cooperative Business Assistance Corporation (CBAC) 328 Market Street Camden, NJ 08102 Direct: 856-479-9583 Cell: 609-980-5319 Office: 856-966-8181 x105 Email: BarbaraAnne@cbaclenders.com www.cbaclenders.com Please like and follow CBAC on social media! CONFIDENTIALITY [More]

RE: Rumor has it: Is there a New England User Group?

Wed, 2019-09-18 12:08
From : Communities>>Open Forum
Hi, everyone again!  I  did not attend the recently held New England User Group meeting, since I was attending the New England Mortgage Bankers Conference, at the same time that this was occurring.  However, I did just send  another  email to Donna Fabiani, inquiring about what, if anything, was happening with my original request on 5/24/2019, in regards to an online New England User Group.  I will update you, as soon as I get a response from either Donna or Seth Julyan, who I did 'cc this time.  [More]

RE: In the Halls of Congress

Wed, 2019-09-18 11:10
From : Communities>>Open Forum
Hi Jamie, Your sources are correct! Yesterday the Senate FSGG subcommittee did approve $251 million for the CDFI Fund in FY 2020. The full text of the bill has not yet been posted but we expect it will be soon. Since the House and Senate have yet to come to an agreement on FY 2020 spending and the end of the FY 2019 is less than 2 weeks away, there will need to be a short term containing resolution to fund the government through November 21 to allow Congress time to negotiate FY 2020 funding levels. [More]

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