Small Buildings Risk Sharing (SBRS) Initiative
Tuesday, December 15, 2015 - 01:00
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is inviting CDFIs to apply for its Small Buildings Risk Sharing (SBRS) Initiative. The purpose of SBRS is to support and encourage the production and preservation of affordable housing. The program provides insurance and reinsurance for multifamily housing projects whose loans are originated, underwritten, serviced, and disposed of by approved lenders, including CDFIs. CDFIs and other lenders participating in the SBRS may elect to access low-cost fixed-rate long-term financing through the Federal Financing Bank (FFB). FFB pricing will be benchmarked to comparable Ginnie Mae securities.
Building a Small-Dollar Loan Product
Tuesday, September 15, 2015 - 01:00
This webinar will discuss core components and considerations CDFIs should know when developing a small-dollar loan product. Presenters from the Center for Financial Services Innovation will discuss the Compass Guide to Small-Dollar Credit.
Strengthening CDFI Borrowers through Credit Reporting
Tuesday, August 11, 2015 - 01:00
This webinar will discuss the importance of credit building for CDFI borrowers. Presenters from Credit Builders Alliance will talk about the process of reporting both personal and business credit to the major credit bureaus.
Updated Financial and Operating Metrics and Trends
Tuesday, July 7, 2015 - 01:00
This webinar will cover health center financial and operating metrics and trends from 2010 – 2013, for use in loan underwriting. The session will allow CDFIs to gain a greater understanding of the sector’s key benchmarks and trends during this critical period of health system transformation.
Changing Revenue Landscapes for CHCs
Tuesday, June 23, 2015 - 01:00
This webinar will cover topics related to the changing revenue landscape for community health centers. What's happening with grants to care for uninsured patients? What’s happening with Medicaid expansion? What is the potential impact of ongoing health care reform initiatives? Join us to have these and other questions answered related to revenue changes for CHCs.
Navigating Online Community Health Center (CHC) Data Resources for Market Needs Assessments
Thursday, June 18, 2015 - 01:00
This webinar will help CDFIs navigate the online resources available to assess market needs for CHC services. We will look at sources detailing local conditions and needs, as well as sources for individual, state-wide and national CHC data, enabling comparisons to broader norms as well as local competition.
Leveraging HRSA Capital Grants through a NMTC Structure
Monday, June 8, 2015 - 01:00
This webinar will present the “Dos and Don’ts” of Leveraging Health Resources Service Administration (HRSA) Capital Grants through a New Markets Tax Credit Structure. The session will review HRSA approval requirements that health centers must obtain when using HRSA capital grants. It will also discuss how to structure HRSA grants with bridge loans and align the HRSA approval process with a typical NMTC closing process.
Identifying the Risks of Health Center Lending
Wednesday, June 3, 2015 - 01:00
This webinar examines the differences between failed or failing health centers and their more successful counterparts, shedding light on the factors that may contribute to health center failure. This analysis seeks to provide lenders with the insight necessary to determine the potential early warning signs of future financial distress when underwriting health center loan requests—whether for capital project financing, working capital, or growth capital.
2015 CDFI Bond Guarantee Program
Thursday, April 16, 2015 - 01:00
The application period for the 2015 round of the CDFI Bond Guarantee Program (BGP) is now open, making $750 million in bond guarantee authority available to eligible CDFIs.
In addition to publishing the 2015 applications, the CDFI Fund also announced revisions to the CDFI certification requirements that facilitate a new way for CDFIs to borrow under the BGP.
New this application round, the NOGA allows Qualified Issuers (QI)—like OFN—to submit applications that propose alternative financing structures.
OFN and others have worked hard to advocate for these revisions, which mean that the BGP can be accessible to more of our Member CDFIs. Watch this webinar to learn how OFN and others have worked to ensure the program is more accessible to more CDFIs.
Lessons Learned in Developing, Innovating, and Scaling Consumer Financial Products and Services
Wednesday, February 18, 2015 - 01:00
OFN is collaborating with CFSI and Filene Research Institute to present lessons learned from working with credit unions, loan funds, and other nonprofits. Topics include behavioral economics, technology innovations, and consumer trends which are helping to shape the next generation of high quality consumer financial products and services.
Current Trends in Consumer Behavior and Financial Products
Thursday, January 15, 2015 - 01:00
OFN collaborated with the Center for Financial Services Innovation (CFSI) to present an overview of consumer challenges and the underserved marketplace.
Underwriting to Scale Microfinance
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 14:00
A robust risk management approach is essential for organizations that want to sustain growth. So what does that look like and what are some of the potential pitfalls? This webinar will offer insights for organizations that want to build an underwriting approach on a firm risk management foundation that takes into account issues of scale, efficiency, technology and team. The presenters will offer key learnings about how to balance growth and risk within your micro enterprise lending program.
Customer Acquisition: Reaching And Retaining Your Customers
Thursday, March 27, 2014 - 14:00
New market challenges, increased competition, demand for diversified products, more selective customers … today’s reality makes it more imperative than ever to reach and retain the customers your organization needs to grow. Learn how to identify and reach your most important customers using marketing tactics that work. Tune in for a demonstration of how LinkedIn can be leveraged for customer acquisition.
The Path to Loan Repayment
Thursday, February 20, 2014 - 14:00
Strong microloan portfolios don't just happen, they are built over time with care, attention and a strong culture of loan repayment. This webinar will explore the psychology of collections from a mission-focused perspective that helps practitioners build portfolio management approaches using techniques that go to the heart of strong, effective community development finance. This webinar will be valuable to practitioners with any role in a microenterprise loan fund - including executive directors, customer service staff, loan officers, underwriters and collectors.
CDFIs and Public Health
Thursday, January 24, 2013 - 06:30
For CDFIs moving into the world of healthy food financing, measuring and improving public health impacts can be a daunting addition to an already long list of social and economic impact goals. In this webinar, we learn how CDFIs can effectively talk about and work toward public health outcomes, better measure public health metrics among other social and economic impact goals, and engage public health professionals and community partners in their work.
Energy Efficiency and Healthy Food Retail
Tuesday, January 15, 2013 - 06:15
Energy is one of the highest costs for grocers, particularly in rural areas. Learn how CDFIs can provide loans to improve energy efficiency among food retail outlets and increase access to healthy foods for underserved areas. MACED and Natural Capital Investment Fund discuss their own experiences in providing energy efficiency loans to rural grocers.
Underwriting Grocery Stores and Supermarkets
Tuesday, January 15, 2013 - 07:15
This webinar provides critical information about underwriting supermarket and other grocery retail borrowers and projects for financing.
Rural Healthy Food Retail: Challenges and Opportunities
Thursday, January 10, 2013 - 09:00
Local grocery stores are a critical anchor institution sustaining America’s rural communities. This webinar highlights Kansas State University's Rural Grocery Initiative and its research to better understand the challenges and needs of these small businesses. Learn how one CDFI, Coastal Enterprises, Inc., is working to provide financing to rural grocery stores to improve access to healthy foods.
The Grocery Gap
Wednesday, December 12, 2012 - 06:00
High-quality, full-service supermarkets improve the health and economic well-being of communities. However, supermarket operators face significant obstacles entering and operating in many low-income, urban communities. This webinar, developed by UpLift Solutions, explains the “Grocery Gap” and the financial and operational strategies that can enable supermarkets to be successful.
Underwriting Natural Food Cooperatives
Wednesday, November 14, 2012 - 08:45
Today's natural food cooperatives are a thriving part of the natural food retail landscape. This webinar offers a basic overview of natural foods retailing, with specific emphasis on consumer-owned natural foods cooperatives. Learn about the unique aspects of underwriting cooperatively-owned enterprises, review typical financial performance measures for natural foods cooperatives, and explore a brief case study of a recent project.