At the 34th Annual OFN Conference, our theme,  CDFIs: Agents of Change, is a reflection of Chicago’s history of community activism. CDFIs are and always have been agents of change. Our roots in the civil rights movement have taught us what social justice means, and our passion for aligning capital investments with those values puts us at the forefront of the new wave of responsible investors. This week more than 1,400 CDFI Change Agents will participate in a practitioner-driven curriculum led by 256 presenters. Together you represent 304 CDFIs and 85  funders and investors. You’re coming from 46 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Canada.  I’d like to extend a special welcome to our first-time attendees, all 433 of them. Visit our Twitter account to see the conference in action, and view photos from each day on Facebook



Tuesday, October 9 Photos: Opening Plenary, Lunch with Lisa Mensah, and Native Awards Ceremony


Monday, October 8 Photos: 15th annual Native Convening, CDFIs in Action Tours of Chicago, and the Welcome Reception


We owe a special thank you to:  

  • Our Lead Sponsor Bank of America  
  • Our 4 Platinum Sponsors BBVA Compass, JPMorgan Chase, The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and Wells Fargo.  
  • And our Silver Sponsors The Kresge Foundation, Santander, Surdna Foundation, US Bank, and Woodforest National Bank. 




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