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CDFI Futures: An Industry at a Crossroads
Issue Date: 2016-03-17

Using quantitative and qualitative research, CDFI Futures: An Industry at a Crossroads explores these questions and more, discussing this inflection point for community investment and its future challenges and opportunities. The groundbreaking research was motivated by a view among many practitioners and investors that the CDFI industry is at a critical time of change.

Cost:
FREE

CDFI Collaborations: Keys to Success
Issue Date: 2016-01-11

Community development financial institutions (CDFIs) have sometimes worked with one another to fulfill their primary mission of providing affordable, responsible capital, credit, and financial services to low-income, low-wealth, and other underserved people and communities. In recent years, the number and types of CDFI collaborations have increased markedly. Developing and sustaining a CDFI collaboration requires a substantial commitment among all of the partners involved and some collaboration efforts never truly get off the ground. Particularly at the state and regional level, there are CDFIs that are interested in collaborating with their peers but struggle to make it happen. Why are some CDFI collaboration initiatives successful while others are not? This paper seeks to answer this and related questions by studying 12 emerging, ongoing, and completed CDFI collaborations across the industry.

Cost:
FREE

Opportunity Finance Institutions: Side-by-Side, Fiscal Year 2014 Seventeenth Edition Infographic
Issue Date: 2016-01-08

Download a printable 8.5"x11" Infographic of the 17th Edition of Side by Side.

Cost:
FREE

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

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