Proposed Changes to the Community Reinvestment Act Part 2
Wednesday, October 3, 2018 - 02:00
On October 3, 2018, OFN offered a deeper dive into the Office of Comptroller of the Currency's (OCC) Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPR) about proposed changes to the enforcement of the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA). This webinar solicited feedback from participants on CDFI-specific proposals and start to shape our recommendations to the OCC.
Call on Proposed Changes to the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA)
Thursday, September 13, 2018 - 02:00
The GIIN’s Research on Private Debt Funds
Thursday, July 19, 2018 - 01:00
The Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN) and Symbiotics present the first comprehensive analysis of the financial performance of private debt impact investment funds, The Financial Performance of Impact Investing through Private Debt. The study analyzes the financial returns, risk characteristics, and impact metrics of 102 Community Development Loan Funds (through a partnership with OFN) focused on low-income areas in the United States and 50 Private Debt Impact Funds focused on emerging markets. The GIIN and Symbiotics presented key findings from the study and shared a live demo of an interactive online benchmarking tool.
Creative Places and Businesses Catalyzing Community Growth
Thursday, May 3, 2018 - 01:00
CDFIs have been investing in creative places and businesses for decades as a fundamental part of developing healthy, vibrant, and sustainable communities. Now, investable opportunities in the creative economy total more than $1.5 billion. This type of investment has the potential to stabilize threatened communities and benefit regions looking to attract and develop quality jobs. Listen to this webinar exploring creative places and businesses as part of comprehensive community development.
Please also consider completing this optional survey to help us quantify the capital deployed to creative places and creative businesses in low income communities in America today.
CDFI Consumer Marketing Library Toolkit Webinar
Wednesday, March 21, 2018 - 01:00
Get the marketing resources you need to connect with your community!
You work hard for the community you serve—from offering classes on how to budget better and manage debt to working with people who need auto, home, and other personal loans to improve their lives. Marketing your services can be a challenge at times.
That’s why the Opportunity Finance Network has created a library of pre-designed marketing materials and guides that are easy for you to customize and use.
PRO Neighborhoods Information Call - 2018
Tuesday, March 13, 2018 - 14:00
JPMorgan Chase & Co. has launched the fifth Partnerships for Raising Opportunity in Neighborhoods (PRO Neighborhoods) competition to identify strategic Collaboratives that advance inclusive economic growth. This is part of a $125 million, five-year initiative to identify and support custom solutions for the unique challenges facing disadvantaged neighborhoods in U.S. cities. Listen to the information call to learn more about the program and RFP. Proposals are due by Friday, April 20.
The CDFI Energy Efficiency in Multifamily Affordable Housing Program and Transaction Database
Tuesday, December 12, 2017 - 01:00
Listen to a discussion about the Sustainability in Affordable Housing Lender Learning Network's Program and Transaction Database, a first-of-its-kind repository of information on CDFI energy and water efficiency lending programs. Developed by the Lender Learning Network, the database provides real-life example transactions from successful energy and water efficiency lending programs. During this webinar, presenters from Community Investment Corporation and the National Housing Trust provide of an overview of the database, suggest how CDFIs can use this resource to integrate efficiency into their lending practices, and invite multifamily housing lenders who are already active in efficiency lending to provide feedback on and contribute to this community-driven resource.
Special Preview: Consumer Finance Marketing Toolkit
Wednesday, December 6, 2017 - 02:00
Does your CDFI offer mortgages, payday alternatives, credit builder loans, savings products, and similar consumer products and services? Reaching consumers requires different marketing strategies, messages, and tactics than targeting other kinds of borrowers. OFN and its partners recognize that CDFIs of all kinds can expand their work in the consumer marketplace with new marketing tools and ideas. With the support of the Prudential Foundation, OFN is building a marketing toolkit that CDFIs will be able to use, customize, and adapt to their markets. The toolkit is in development and will launch in January. We are happy to be able to offer a preview in this webinar. Listen to learn more about the toolkit and about how you can get involved in the project by sending and showcasing your own successes.
The Federal Reserve Small Business Credit Survey
Tuesday, November 21, 2017 - 02:00
Presenters from the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta discuss the purpose of this annual survey, the types of data it collects and how it informs the work of policymakers, researchers, and service providers. Presenters also discuss how CDFIs can get involved as survey partners. The 2017 survey is currently live (through December 31) and survey partners are wanted to help spread the word.
USDA’s Community Facilities Relending Program: A CDFI Case Study
Tuesday, October 17, 2017 - 02:00
Listen to a discussion about USDA's Community Facilities Relending Program and how one CDFI has utilized the program to finance a project in their community. Presenters from Coastal Enterprises, Inc., USDA Rural Development and the Central Lincoln County (CLC) YMCA discuss how the Relending Program helped provide a critical piece of financing for the renovation of the CLC YMCA in Damariscotta, ME, a major community center that provides a diverse range of activities, resources and programs for children and families in its service area. The presentation focuses on the timing and process for deploying these funds to the end borrower and helpful suggestions for other CDFIs considering this program.
CDFI Loan Fund Technology Landscape: User Survey Results
Thursday, July 13, 2017 - 01:00
OFN's CDFI Loan Fund Technology Landscape: User Survey Results report is now available for download. Based on OFN's 2016 survey of 100 CDFI loan funds, the report explores common software solutions used by loan funds—including customized spreadsheets and databases and popular mainstream programs like Excel, QuickBooks, and Salesforce—and provides user feedback on them. As technology has become an essential tool in the support of CDFI operations, CDFIs need to understand the performance factors of these different programs, and CDFI Loan Fund Technology Landscape provides useful insight into different solutions that can help CDFIs exploring new technology options.
A CDFI, the CRA, and the RS Fiber Optic Cooperative
Thursday, June 22, 2017 - 01:00
How can CDFIs finance innovative economic development efforts that revolutionize opportunity in rural communities? It wasn’t long ago that a group of 10 towns and 17 townships in southwestern Minnesota would have ever dreamed of securing high-speed broadband connectivity. And if they did, they never imagined it could be affordable. Then along came a citizen effort to deliver fiber optic broadband access to homes and farms, businesses and government agencies, and schools and hospitals. The outcome is the RS Fiber Cooperative. RS Fiber provides high speed, fiber optic broadband to the citizens of Renville and Sibley Counties. It is the first operational fiber optic cooperative in the country. Rural Electric Economic Development, Inc., a CDFI serving the area, was instrumental in financing this effort. This webinar illustrates how a CDFI can finance rural broadband infrastructure, how the CRA can facilitate bank financing, and how a group of dedicated citizens can organize to successfully bring their rural communities into the 21st century web of communications.
PRO Neighborhoods Information Call
Thursday, April 6, 2017 - 02:00
JPMorgan Chase & Co. has launched the fourth Partnerships for Raising Opportunity in Neighborhoods (PRO Neighborhoods) competition to identify strategic Collaboratives that advance inclusive economic growth. This is part of a $125 million, five-year initiative to identify and support custom solutions for the unique challenges facing disadvantaged neighborhoods in U.S. cities. Listen to the information call to learn more about the program and RFP. Proposals are due by Wednesday, May 10.
CDFI Fund FA/TA/NACA Proposed Application
Tuesday, August 23, 2016 - 01:00
CDFI Program FA, TA, NACA Application and Use of Award Proposed Form
CFPB Proposed Rules for Small-Dollar Loans: An Overview and What It Means for CDFIs
Monday, August 29, 2016 - 01:00
Presenters from Opportunity Finance Network and the Center for Responsible Lending will discuss the broad implications of the CFPB rules on small-dollar lending, specific components of the rules and how they may or may not affect small-dollar loan products offered by CDFIs.
USDA Community Facilities Relending Program Interim Rule
Tuesday, August 16, 2016 - 02:00
This Staying Connected Call is on USDA's recently announced interim regulations that open the USDA's Community Facilities Relending Program to mission-driven lenders. This program will increase the availability of low-cost, long-term capital for CDFIs.
Bank of America Agrees to Become a Participating Guarantor in the New USDA CDFI Program
Tuesday, July 12, 2016 - 01:00
Listen to this presentation from Bank of America to learn how you can apply for an irrevocable letter of credit that is required to access new long term, low-cost, fixed rate capital for critical community facility infrastructure.
The Power and Potential of CDFI Credit Union and Loan Fund Partnerships
Wednesday, June 22, 2016 - 01:00
This webinar will discuss ways in which CDFI credit unions and CDFI loan funds leverage each other's work through partnerships that provide greater access to affordable consumer financial products and services.
CDFI Collaborations: Keys to Success
Thursday, February 18, 2016 - 01:00
OFN’s report, CDFI Collaborations: Keys to Success, looks at 12 different CDFI collaborations of varying sizes and purposes, identifies five factors that contribute to collaboration successes, and proposes a three-year strategy to promote more CDFI collaborations. Listen to authors Donna Fabiani, OFN, Donna Gambrell, former director of the CDFI Fund, and Adina Abramowitz, principal of Consulting for Change, and representatives of the collaborations featured in the report.
Better Options for Consumers: Affordable, Responsible Products in the Consumer Finance Marketplace
Thursday, February 11, 2016 - 01:00
This webinar will discuss financial challenges today’s consumers face and products in the marketplace that provide better options to manage these challenges.