CDFIs invest, but to do so, CDFIs need capital. At OFN Conference we will explore ways to access capital for your CDFI through the Financial Resources track, one of 12 learning tracks. Here are a few highlights, but check out the full agenda here.   

Beyond Grants: Cultivating Place-based Foundations as Impact Investors
Wednesday, September 27, 2:15–3:45 PM
More foundations are looking for new and innovative ways to invest in projects that achieve measurable impact and transform their local communities. CDFIs are smart and logical partners for place—focused foundations wishing to engage in community investing. Learn what CDFIs need to know to build effective investment partnerships with local philanthropies.

Diversify to Thrive: CDFI Financing through the Capital Markets
Wednesday, September 27, 4:15–5:30 PM
As CDFIs and the CDFI industry grow to meet demand, we are challenged to look beyond our historic capital base. This panel will focus on three very different CDFIs that leveraged their S&P ratings to access the capital markets, as well as Morgan Stanley, which successfully underwrote LISC's $100 million inaugural general obligation bond—the CDFI sector's first-ever IPO.

How to Use Guarantees to Mitigate Risk and Reach Your Financing and Impact Goals
Thursday, September 28, 2:00–3:15 PM
Hear findings from recent research on guarantees as a credit—enhancement tool for CDFIs and other organizations in U.S. community investing. Next, experts describe a case example in which CDFIs leveraged a foundation guarantee to begin lending in a new sector and ultimately secure commercial funding. Finally, you will engage in small group discussions to explore how you might use this tool to further your own work.

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  • Reserve your hotel room at the Washington Hilton to ensure you receive the Conference rate of $279.00 + taxes and fees.
 

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