Programs

  • Our programs help CDFIs increase their impact

  • and bring opportunity to low-income, disinvested communities.

Overview

OFN's programs help CDFIs and other opportunity finance industry stakeholders create opportunities for people and communities in rural, urban, suburban, and Native areas nationwide.

Frequently designed in collaboration with OFN partners,our programs address issues that hold many American people, neighborhoods, and communities back from full financial health and well-being.

With our work in small business financing, consumer financial products and services, racial equity, CDFI talent development and more, we’re helping our Members, partners, and other opportunity investors deliver lasting change where its needed most.

Current Programs

Business Model for Growth: A Workshop for Small Business Lenders helps CDFIs grow their small business lending capacity.

Performance Counts is an industry-led collaborative effort to develop industry standards and best practices around financial statements and financial management and an industry forum for sharing information, documents, and ideas on these topics.

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

Small Business Leader Award for Mission-driven Lenders recognizes innovation and growth in mission-driven small business lenders.

Wells Fargo Diverse Community Capital will distribute, over three years, $50 million in debt (lending) capital and $25 million in grant capital to CDFIs that are expanding lending to diverse small businesses, with a priority focus on African-American businesses.

Wells Fargo NEXT Awards for Opportunity Finance celebrates the opportunity finance industry—its creativity, accomplishments, and enduring importance.

Youth Opportunity Pledge commits OFN’s network of CDFIs to originate $1 billion annually in new financing that benefits young people of color across the U.S.

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