CDFI Loan Fund Loan Management Software
Issue Date: 2008-06-18

Bryony Edwards, Senior Associate at OFN, leads a discussion on CDFI loan fund loan management software with OFN Members. Software discussed includes The Exceptional Assistant (TEA), Nortridge, DownHome, and Portfol. Users provide an overview of satisfaction with the software and discuss specific strengths and weaknesses.

Ideas for Conference Sessions
Issue Date: 2008-06-16

Donna Fabiani, OFN’s Executive Vice President for Knowledge Sharing, led a discussion on Members’ ideas for 2008 OFN Conference sessions. If you have suggestions for session topics, please send them to Donna Fabiani at dfabiani@opportunityfinance.net by July 15th.

Native Theme of The OFN Conference
Issue Date: 2008-05-28

Donna Fabiani, EVP of Knowledge Sharing, Mini Datta, OFN Native Initiatives, and Stewart Sarkozy-Banoczy of Oweesta lead a discussion with Native and non-Native OFN Members on ways to highlight Native CDFIs at the 2008 Opportunity Finance Network Conference and the 5th annual Convening hosted by OFN and Oweesta. The discussion explores the potential for partnerships between Native and non-Native CDFIs, the similarities and differences that Native and non-Native CDFIs experience as they grow, and the need for advanced training for mature Native CDFIs.

One-Day Rural Summit
Issue Date: 2008-04-08

Donna Fabiani, OFN’s Executive Vice President for Knowledge Sharing, led OFN Members in a call to discuss and plan OFN’s one-day rural summit. Participants discussed topics to cover, how to structure the summit and who, if any, the speakers and presenters would be. The participants also discussed a possible date and place for the meeting. Stay tuned for more information about this upcoming exciting event.

Innovation Guide – Clearinghouse CDFI: The For Profit Model
Issue Date: 2008-04-03

Doug Bystry, Executive Director of Clearinghouse CDFI, led a discussion on the OFN Innovation Guide, “Clearinghouse CDFI: The For Profit Model”. The call was an absorbing discussion on Clearnighouse’s unique in the industry, for-profit loan fund structure which includes the mission-driven mission and strategies of a nonprofit. Participants had many questions for Doug on this innovative corporate structure, covering topics such as the history of Clearinghouse CDFI, the relationship with its nonprofit affiliate, and the differences in how it raises equity and debt from banks, foundations, and the CDFI Fund.

Innovation Guide – The Minnesota Community Capital Fund Model: Leveraging Gap Financing from the Secondary Market
Issue Date: 2008-03-17

Scott Martin, the author of the OFN Innovation Guide, “Minnesota Community Capital Fund: Leveraging Gap Financing from the Secondary Market” led a fascinating discussion on the Community Capital Fund structure which uses local investor funds to leverage an "advance commitment" from the secondary market to cover gap financing for businesses. Participants had many questions for Scott on this innovative corporate structure, covering topics such as who are the Members of the fund, the relationship with Community Reinvestment Fund, and the credit risk policies of the fund.

The Economy
Issue Date: 2008-03-04

Calvin Holmes, Executive Director of Chicago Community Loan Fund, and Mark Pinsky lead a Member discussion on how the housing meltdown and credit crunch are affecting CDFI capitalization, portfolio quality, risk management, and underwriting. Callers explore strategies to mitigate negative fall out moving forward as well as some potential opportunities in this new market.

The Triple Bottom Line Collaborative
Issue Date: 2008-02-29

The authors of the OFN Innovation Guide, “The Triple Bottom Line Collaborative: CDFIs and Triple Bottom Line Lending” discuss the history of the Collaborative, metrics for triple bottom line lending, and their current focus on policy, capital, and carbon credits.

The OFN Policy Campaign
Issue Date: 2008-02-14

Mark Pinsky, Sandra Kerr and OFN Members discuss the development of the opportunity finance policy recommendation book, "The NEXT American Opportunity: Good Policies to Make America Great."Materials for the Next American Opportunity call:
Overview and Outline
Sample Recommendations

Small and Emerging CDFIs
Issue Date: 2008-01-24

Representatives from seven small and emerging OFN member CDFIs share their thoughts with Mark on technology, CARS™, growth, the Mortgage Platform, rural challenges, and training.


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