Register Now for the Opportunity Finance Network Conference

October 29, 2015  |   CDVCA Ventures Blog   |     |   Comments Off on Register Now for the Opportunity Finance Network Conference

In less than two weeks, innovative CDFI practitioners will gather for the OFN Conference. Register today for a chance to enjoy sessions such as:

CDFI Public Policy Initiatives Roundtable
Tuesday, November 10
White House briefings? The Office of Management and Budget? Why do these things matter when we are in the business of responsible lending? Because Federal and State policies affect how CDFIs operate on a daily basis, and can influence our industry’s future. Come participate in this CDFI Public Policy Roundtable discussion.

CDFI Performance and Growth: A 20-Year Longitudinal Analysis
Wednesday, November 11 
OFN recently completed a 20-year analysis of OFN Member CDFIs’ performance, including a growth rate analysis of a set of CDFIs that have been OFN Members for the entire time period. At this session, you’ll hear the results of the study, learn the characteristics of CDFIs with different growth rates, and discuss what the findings mean for CDFIs, funders, investors, and the future of the industry. The report will be released during the OFN Conference.

Advancing OFN’s CDFI Industry Equity Plan
Thursday, November 12
In 2014, OFN began developing a diversity, inclusion, and equity strategy for itself with the stated goal of extending and expanding that work across the CDFI industry. In October 2015, the OFN Board approved OFN’s plan to increase opportunities for Members to participate in Equity work, support that work, and increase understanding of and support for industry-wide Equity activity going forward. The purpose of this work is for OFN Members and other CDFIs to make Equity an integral part of their organizations. Join this roundtable discussion with OFN leadership to learn more and to share your ideas on how OFN and its Members should move this important work forward.

Bond Opportunity. For All. 
Thursday, November 12
Until this year, the CDFI Bond Guarantee Program (“BGP”) was only utilized by some of the industry’s largest CDFIs. That changed in 2015, when a diverse group of seven CDFIs came together to successfully borrow under the program. In this session, panel participants who were part of the 2015 seven-party Bond will share their unique perspectives on what it was like to apply under the BGP. The goal of the session is to shed light onto how this program can benefit CDFIs of all types and sizes.