Earlier this year, OFN kicked off a yearlong #CDFIsInvest campaign to educate members of the new 115th Congress about CDFIs and urge them to fund the CDFI Fund at $250MM in FY18. The Campaign has grown to include more than 535 participants and to earn 5.2MM impressions on Twitter, as of today. The steady stream of tweets to Congress is amplifying the message that CDFIs invest in America, creating jobs, supporting small business, financing affordable housing and community facilities, and more.
Today, we’re excited to share an outgrowth of the campaign: CDFIsInvest.org. Just in time for OFN's Virtual Advocacy Day, the website is designed specifically for CDFIs, borrowers, OFN Members, Allies, and other industry friends to share with Congress while advocating for CDFIs and the CDFI Fund FY18 budget.
The simple, clean, and easy-to-navigate site tells the CDFI impact story by sharing:
How CDFIs invest: easy-to-digest information about how CDFIs work, where we source funding, and how this funding goes into rural, urban, and Native communities.
Where CDFIs invest: new infographics showcasing CDFI investments nationwide and in individual states. The page uses metrics from the CDFI Fund Transaction Level Database and provides 10 years of impact data on clean graphics for members of the Appropriations Committee and the full Senate and select members of the House. (Over time it will grow to include all members of Congress.)
Who CDFIs invest in: borrower stories that show the on-the-ground faces of CDFI investments.
We’re using the website as a tool for talking to Congress during OFN’s May 17 Virtual Advocacy Day. The daylong campaign gives everyone the opportunity to participate in OFN’s annual Advocacy Day without being in D.C. in person.
Get involved! Your participation is more important than ever this year—President Trump’s budget proposal for FY18 zeroes out CDFI Fund programs.