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20 Years of Opportunity Finance, 1994–2013: An Analysis of Trends and Growth
Issue Date: 2015-11-10

CDFIs foster social and economic progress—all the while offering investors one of the safest investments in the financial community. Based on Opportunity Finance Network Member data, this study shows that OFN Member CDFIs demonstrated strong community impact and performance consistently throughout the 20-year period, even during the Great Recession.

Cost:
FREE

Opportunity Finance Institutions: Side by Side, Fiscal Year 2014 Seventeenth Edition
Issue Date: 2015-11-05

The 17th Edition of Side by Side highlights essential peer groups and key statistics of the over 200 Opportunity Finance Network Member institutions with data from FY 2014. This reference guide - FREE to OFN Members and Allies - is essential for practitioners, investors, funders, and others who assess the activity and performance of the opportunity finance industry. It is also a valuable tool for CDFIs and can help to plan and better understand their organization’s performance relative to their peers. OFN Members and Allies, please contact Jacki Fox at jfox@ofn.org for the purchase code.

Cost:
$100.00

Inside the Membership: Statistical Highlights from OFN Membership: 2014
Issue Date: 2015-11-04

This report provides information on 226 CDFIs in the OFN membership. The vast majority (200) of these institutions are community development loan funds with the balance being 23 community development credit unions, two community development banks, and a single community development venture capital fund.

Cost:
FREE

Performance Counts: CDFI Liquidity and Cash Management: Definitions, Practices, and Examples
Issue Date: 2015-11-04

Performance Counts is an industry-led collaborative effort to develop industry standards and best practices around financial statements and financial management, and serve as an industry forum for sharing information, documents, and ideas on these topics. The initiative includes a Working Group that develops financial statement standards, guidance, and best practices by CDFIs for CDFIs.

This paper is the third in a series addressing specific financial statement and financial management topics, with the goal of encouraging agreement and ultimate adoption of recommendations on how best to present CDFI financial information in a clear, standard, and transparent way.

Cost:
FREE

Bridging the Talent Divide: Creating a Pathway to the Opportunity Finance Industry for College and University Students
Issue Date: 2015-11-03

New York University Leonard N. Stern School of Business and OFN collaborated to design and implement an innovative talent development program, titled the Opportunity Finance Program, for undergraduate business students who are interested in learning about careers in the opportunity finance industry. This paper discuss the program structure and lessons learned.

Cost:
FREE

Opportunity Finance Institutions: Side by Side, Fiscal Year 2013 Sixteenth Edition
Issue Date: 2015-03-15

The 16th Edition of Side by Side highlights essential peer groups and key statistics of the over 200 Opportunity Finance Network Member institutions with data from FY 2013. This reference guide - FREE to OFN Members and Allies - is essential for practitioners, investors, funders, and others who assess the activity and performance of the opportunity finance industry. It is also a valuable tool for CDFIs and can help to plan and better understand their organization’s performance relative to their peers. OFN Members and Allies, please contact Jacki Fox at jfox@ofn.org for the purchase code.

Cost:
$25.00

Opportunity Finance Institutions: Side-by-Side, Fiscal Year 2013 Sixteenth Edition Infographic
Issue Date: 2015-03-14

Infographic of the 16th Edition of Side by Side

Cost:
FREE

Inside the Membership: Statistical Highlights from OFN Membership: 2013
Issue Date: 2015-03-12

This report provides information on 226 CDFIs in the OFN membership. The vast majority (200) of these institutions are community development loan funds with the balance being 23 community development credit unions, two community development banks, and a single community development venture capital fund.

Cost:
FREE

CDFI Practices in Jobs Data Collection and Tracking: Lessons Learned from Create Jobs for USA
Issue Date: 2014-10-03

This working paper looks at the data collection effort behind Create Jobs for USA, outlining what was learned and best practices in jobs data collection.

Cost:
FREE

CDFI Portfolio Reporting Definitions, Accounting Treatment, and Reporting Guidance
Issue Date: 2014-10-03

Currently, the CDFI industry is awash in terms used to describe and report on loan portfolio quality. Certain terms are and can be used interchangeably, whereas other terms are used by CDFIs but have a different specific meaning to certain key industry stakeholders (e.g., regulated banks). In addition, there is also a lack of consistency among CDFIs in the formats and methodologies used for reporting on their portfolio credit quality. This lack of standardization can cause confusion, making it more difficult for investors and funders to adequately analyze the creditworthiness of a CDFI and potentially limiting access to new capital.

This paper offers background and information, and specific recommendations for the adoption of certain portfolio quality terms and definitions. 

Cost:
FREE

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