OFN’s past programs showcase the breadth of work OFN and the CDFI industry does to create opportunity. For all.
Citi Leadership Program for Opportunity Finance: This industry-wide talent development initiative was designed to nurture new, rising, and existing leadership in the CDFI industry.
Create Jobs for USA: A three-year partnership among OFN and Starbucks, Create Jobs for USA leveraged the power of CDFIs to address the U.S. jobs crisis and help put people back to work.
Energy Efficiency Financing: OFN and Bank of America teamed to launch a capacity building initiative to help CDFIs improve and expand their energy efficiency financing programs.
Expanding CDFI Coverage in Underserved Areas: In partnership with the CDFI Fund, the capacity building initiative provided training and technical assistance to certified and emerging CDFI seeking to expand their reach into underserved communities that currently lack a CDFI presence.
Financing Community Health Centers: In partnership with the CDFI Fund, this initiative was designed to help CDFIs develop skills to successfully finance community health centers in medically underserved markets.
Fundamentals of the Opportunity Finance Industry: The Fundamentals of the Opportunity Finance Industry course is designed for practitioners who are interested in expanding their knowledge of the basics of the opportunity finance industry which provides financing and financial services to low-income, low-wealth, and other disinvested communities.
Goldman Sachs Small Business Financing Initiative: OFN and Goldman Sachs have committed to helping small business lenders grow to better serve small businesses by launching the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Financing Initiative.
Growing Microfinance to Scale: OFN and Capital One partnered to help CDFIs grow their microfinance portfolios to scale.
Nurturing Healthy Food Financing: Supported by the CDFI Fund’s Capacity Building Initiative, OFN offered training for CDFIs to successfully finance food-related businesses—from production, to distribution, to retail.
Small Business Leader Award: The Small Business Leader Award for Mission-Driven Lenders (SBLA) recognizes innovation and growth in mission, impact, and financial sustainability among mission-driven small business lenders.
Strengthening Small & Emerging CDFIs: OFN partnered with industry experts—including The Center for Social Innovation and Finance at the Carsey Institute of the University of New Hampshire, Consulting for Change, and The Support Center—to develop and deliver trainings and technical assistance for small and emerging CDFIs serving regions of persistent poverty.
Wells Fargo NEXT Awards: The The Wells Fargo NEXT Awards for Opportunity Finance celebrate the opportunity finance industry—its creativity, accomplishments, and enduring importance. Launched in 2007, the Wells Fargo NEXT Awards have celebrated the innovation of the nation’s most promising CDFIs by awarding more than $76 million through a competitive awards process over the last ten years.