OFN is working to increase awareness of the opportunity finance industry with a mass market audience—and stories are key to that effort.
Borrower success stories help us to connect with everyone.
We are looking for the best of the best: stories with have a strong human interest element, impact metrics, photos, and a great spokesperson ready to tell their story.
Stories may be featured in any of the following communication outlets: online, on social media, in the press, on CDFI Connect, in e-newsletters, communications with policy makers, industry meetings, at our Conference, and through other opportunities. If your story is featured, your CDFI will enjoy new exposure to new audiences.
Personal details make you identify with someone—they’re no longer a story, but a personMoses G. Parker is a former Bethlehem Steel worker whose grandmotherinspired his interest in real estate development. Quotes help tell the story from the people who lived it “They won’t be making any more land,” she said, “so you’d best invest in it.”And that’s exactly what Moses Parker did. In 1985, he started buying and rehabbing single-family properties for low- and moderate-income people.
Impact that relates to CDFIs’ missionIn 2006, Parker purchased his first commercial property, a three-story building that he wanted to transform into eight, low-income residential apartments.Located in the national historic residential neighborhood of Reservoir Hill, the property had been vacant for several years and needed major repair, as well as preservation of its late 19th century architectural features. Details of a borrower’s loan history help show the need for CDFIs Parker sought to finance this work through traditional financial institutions but traditional banks turned him down.A word-of-mouth referral brought Moses to Baltimore Community Lending, which provided him a $500,000 loan to rehab this property. Strong impact The loan led to the creation of eight apartments for people with a household income less than 80% of area median income and the creation of 16 full-time jobs for people in the community.
Story Submission Form
Please fill out this form to opt into OFN’s Story Sharing Program. OFN Members are encouraged to participate. If your story is selected we will follow up with you directly to conduct interviews, fact check, and obtain permissions. If you have any questions please contact Lindsay Li, Social Media Specialist and Blog Editor.