CDFI Resource Library


Opportunity Finance Network (OFN) reports, surveys, training resources, and other publications provide valuable data and insight on the community development financial institution (CDFI) industry.

OFN members receive discounts on premium publications and can contact Roland Kamara for more information.

Featured Publications

Trends Toward Equity: Five Years of OFN Member Data

Given changes in the community development financial institution (CDFI) industry and broader economic context, this brief examines CDFI activity, performance, and outcomes among all OFN members from 2017 through 2021. Where appropriate, for additional insights, we restrict the sample to members that have consistently reported data for the last five years.



Opportunity Finance Institutions: Side by Side, FY 2021 24th Edition

Side by Side is an annual reference guide for industry practitioners, investors, and others interested in assessing the activity and performance of the opportunity finance industry. It presents data from 324 CDFIs in the OFN membership and includes peer group analyses for the primary financing sectors.




2021 Inside the Membership: Statistical Highlights from OFN Membership

This fact sheet provides information on as many as 324 CDFIs in the OFN membership, depending on the data point.

The vast majority (303) of these institutions are community development loan funds. The balance are 17 community development credit unions, three community development banks, and one community development venture capital fund.



Our 2021 report can help CDFIs recruit, reward, and retain high-quality employees. It is a comprehensive examination of CDFI loan fund compensation data from nearly 160 CDFIs across the country. For CDFIs that are in expansion mode or in the budgeting process, this report aims to help in setting compensation levels for new positions.



2021 OFN CDFI Compensation Survey Cover Small

Persistent Poverty and the Prevalence of CDFIs

Persistent Poverty and the Prevalence of CDFIs

In new research supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Opportunity Finance Network shows the traditional measure of persistent poverty by county severely undercounts the number of Americans living in entrenched poverty and is less geographically inclusive of rural and urban communities alike.

The paper posits that measuring persistent poverty at a census tract level offers a more equitable and accurate methodology and has profound implications for many CDFIs.

A county measure suggests that nearly half of CDFIs have no lending activity in these areas. A census tract measure shows that the vast majority of CDFIs lend in persistent poverty areas and that nearly 40 percent of all CDFI lending is in these areas, a testament to the CDFI industry’s targeting of highly vulnerable rural and urban communities.

Persistent Poverty and the Prevalence of CDFIs offers:

  • Foreword by Partners for Rural Transformation
  • Data comparison of persistent poverty when measured by census tract and county, including overview of CDFI lending
  • Borrower stories and tracking resources
  • Recommendations for CDFIs, policymakers, funders, and investors



Featured Training Resources

OFN’s new training resources and tools aim to help CDFI practitioners and partners expand the knowledge and skills they need to achieve the greatest impact in the communities they serve. The toolkits are available for free. Visit OFN’s training page to learn more.

CDFI 101 Orientation

OFN's CDFI 101 toolkit aims to help practitioners feel better connected to the CDFI industry and the common goals we all share; understand what it means to be a part of the movement built over the past 50 years; and be inspired by the industry’s roots.


Talent Recruitment, Retention & Management

This toolkit aims to assist CDFIs with finding the right people, with the right skills, at the right time for the organization; supporting equitable hiring, retention, and advancement practices; providing insights into staffing trends; and offering actionable examples that make it easy to implement the leading practices shared.


Operationalizing Racial Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (REIA) into Lending Practices

This toolkit was developed to help CDFIs incorporate an explicit focus on racial equity, inclusion, and accessibility into their lending practices. You'll find a guide structured in four sections, each with suggested actions and activities you can undertake individually or as a group.


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More OFN Resources and Publications

To find and download other OFN resources and publications, visit CDFI Connect, a digital space for OFN members, allies, funders, investors and other CDFI industry supporters to network, collaborate, and learn.