For OFN, a highlight of 2016 was marking 10 years of the Wells Fargo NEXT Awards for Opportunity Finance at the OFN Annual Conference.

With NEXT Awards partners—Wells Fargo, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Prudential Financial, and Kresge Foundation—we marked the anniversary with an electric Awards celebration that honored 2016 NEXT Awardees and looked back at a decade of Innovation and Impact.

Enjoy the 10th Anniversary video that highlights 10 years of Innovation and Impact.

Inspired by the MacArthur Fellows Program grant (better known at the Genius Award), which recognizes talented individuals with unrestricted fellowships, the NEXT Awards provide flexible and attractive debt and grant capital to high-potential CDFIs.

Since 2006, the Awards have recognized many of our nation’s best CDFIs. The original high-impact investors, these Awardees work in the hardest to serve markets, filling critical gaps in financing using bold, innovative strategies that lead to unprecedented impact. 


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