Past Programs

  • Our programs help CDFIs increase their impact and bring opportunity

  • to low-income, disinvested communities.

Past Programs

OFN’s past programs showcase the breadth of work OFN and the CDFI industry do to create Opportunity. For All.

Building the Capacity of CDFIs in GA: Technical assistance with capital and operating grants for CDFIs working to strengthen community development and health in rural communities in Georgia.

Business Model for Growth: Provided help to CDFIs in growing their small business lending capacity.

CDFIs 2.0: The Vision of a New Generation: Recommendations for building a solid future for CDFIs

Citi Leadership Program for Opportunity Finance: This industry-wide talent development initiative was designed to nurture new, rising, and existing leadership in the CDFI industry.

COVID-19 CDFI Grant Program is an effort to provide crucial flexible funds to the smaller CDFIs in OFN’s membership.  These funds are intended to help smaller CDFIs withstand the COVID-19 crisis.

Create Jobs for USA: A three-year partnership among OFN and Starbucks, Create Jobs for USA leveraged the power of CDFIs to address the U.S. jobs crisis and help put people back to work.

Energy Efficiency Financing: OFN and Bank of America teamed to launch a capacity-building initiative to help CDFIs improve and expand their energy efficiency financing programs.

Executive Training for CDFI Board Members was founded on an understanding of the unprecedented challenges that CDFI board members face in a rapidly changing environment. Good governance requires high-performing board leadership.

Expanding CDFI Coverage in Underserved Areas: In partnership with the CDFI Fund, the capacity building initiative provided training and technical assistance to certified and emerging CDFI seeking to expand their reach into underserved communities that currently lack a CDFI presence. 

Financing Community Health Centers: In partnership with the CDFI Fund, this initiative was designed to help CDFIs develop skills to successfully finance community health centers in medically underserved markets.

Fundamentals of the Opportunity Finance Industry is a course designed for practitioners who are interested in expanding their knowledge of the basics of the opportunity finance industry which provides financing and financial services to low-income, low-wealth, and other disinvested communities.

Goldman Sachs Small Business Financing Initiative: OFN and Goldman Sachs have committed to helping small business lenders grow to better serve small businesses by launching the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Financing Initiative.

Growing Microfinance to Scale: OFN and Capital One partnered to help CDFIs grow their microfinance portfolios to scale.

Higher Education and CDFIsOFN partnered with The Jessie Ball DuPont Fund to encourage colleges and universities to explore community investments, using the financial resources of higher education and the lending expertise of CDFIs.

Nurturing Healthy Food Financing: Supported by the CDFI Fund’s Capacity Building Initiative, OFN offered training for CDFIs to successfully finance food-related businesses—from production to distribution, to retail.

Performance Counts: An industry-led collaborative effort that developed industry standards and best practices around financial statements and financial management, as well as provided an industry forum for sharing information, documents, and ideas on these topics.

Small Business Financing Initiative: A partnership with Goldman Sachs, provided national training opportunities for CDFIs and other community lenders to scale lending to small businesses in underserved communities.

Small Business Leader Award: The Small Business Leader Award for Mission-Driven Lenders (SBLA) recognizes innovation and growth in mission, impact, and financial sustainability among mission-driven small business lenders.

Small CDFI Unrestricted Grant Program focuses on providing crucial flexible funds to the smaller CDFIs in OFN’s membership. These funds are intended to help smaller CDFIs withstand the COVID-19 crisis.

Strengthening Small & Emerging CDFIs: OFN partnered with industry experts—including The Center for Social Innovation and Finance at the Carsey Institute of the University of New Hampshire, Consulting for Change, and The Support Center—to develop and deliver training and technical assistance for small and emerging CDFIs serving regions of persistent poverty.

Teaming Up AtlantaInitiative to help bolster the role of CDFIs in Atlanta and strengthen their individual and collective abilities to provide more opportunities in the community.

Uplift America Fund was a partnership that leveraged federal resources, bank financing, and private grants to target much-needed capital to persistently low-wealth areas.

Wells Fargo NEXT Awards: The Wells Fargo NEXT Awards for Opportunity Finance celebrated the opportunity finance industry—its creativity, accomplishments, and enduring importance. Launched in 2007, the Wells Fargo NEXT Awards celebrated the innovation of the nation’s most promising CDFIs by awarding more than $76 million through a competitive awards process during its ten-year existence.