Learn the fundamentals of opportunity finance, engage with your policymakers, or take a deep dive into the interplay between the development of kids and their communities. There are plenty of opportunities to deepen your knowledge in the coming months:

February 27: 6th Annual CDFI Roundtable at the GAC in Washington, DC—The National Federation of Community Development Credit Unions, the leading advocate for credit unions serving low- and moderate-income consumers and underserved communities, invites you to the 6th annual CDFI Certified Credit Union Roundtable at this year’s GAC. Registration is free but space is limited. Learn more here.

Feb. 28-March 1: CDFI Coalition Institute in Washington, DC—The CDFI Coalition will hold its 2017 Institute at the Capital Hilton, located at 1001 16th Street NW in Washington, D.C. CDFI Fund Director Annie Donovan has confirmed as a keynote speaker on February 28. Additionally, the Coalition has provided time for attendees to go to Capitol Hill to meet with their Members of Congress on February 28, from 2 pm to 5:30 pm. Learn more here.

March 14-16: Fundamentals of Opportunity Finance Industry in Durham, NC—This course, run by Opportunity Finance Network and the Carsey School of Public Policy at the University of New Hampshire, is designed to help new or recent entrants into the field of opportunity finance gain the knowledge they need to expand their organizations' capacity and impact. Topics include capitalization, impact, financing, public policy, and new business models. Learn more here.

May 16-17: OFN Advocacy Day in Washington, DC—Advocacy Day 2017 will kick off on May 16 with OFN’s CDFI Congressional Awards reception from 5:00pm to 7:00pm. The reception will be held on the Hill, and attended by members of Congress, their staffs, Administration officials, and industry leaders. On Wednesday, May 17, OFN will host an advocacy training for participants at the Liaison Capitol Hill Hotel starting at 8:00am. Participants will then attend meetings on the Hill and with federal agencies from 9:30am to 6:00pm. OFN will schedule your meetings and prepare all the advocacy materials you will need for an effective Advocacy Day. Learn more here.

March 23-24: Strong Foundations in Washington, DC—The Federal Reserve System Community Development Research Conference is a unique event that convenes researchers, policymakers, and practitioners across sectors to consider important issues that low- to moderate-income people and communities face. The 2017 conference will explore the interplay between the development of kids and their communities, with an understanding that “development” factors into key economic and social aspects of kids’ lives. High-quality and emerging research from multiple disciplines will be presented in a dialogue with policymakers and community practitioners who can utilize the lessons gleaned from the research. This event will spotlight research that can inform questions about key drivers to success, differences across subpopulations, scalable intervention strategies, and policy considerations. The conference will also feature remarks by Federal Reserve leaders, including Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen. Learn more here.

April 27-28 Starting at Home Conference in Columbus, OH—The Ohio Housing Finance Agency and the Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing are pleased to announce the 2nd Starting at Home Conference, April 27th and 28th at the Renaissance Columbus Downtown Hotel. This event is designed to bring together academics, philanthropists, and practitioners to discuss the connections between the need for affordable housing and other policy challenges, such as transportation equity, infant mortality, educational achievement, and the health of older adults. Learn more here.

May 3: Housing, A Launch Pad Toward Economic Independence, in Boston, MA—This event will explore how brain science–informed tools and frameworks and the support of a coach will help a person sort through the chaos that accompanies homelessness and begin planning a pathway to permanent housing and a family-sustaining wage. Learn more here.

May 18-19: Novogradac 2017 Affordable Housing Conference in San Francisco, CA . Learn more here.


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