OFN Webinars & Virtual Forums


OFN’s webinars and online forums provide an opportunity for CDFI practitioners, partners, and other industry supporters across the country to learn and connect virtually on issues affecting community-based lenders and the unique communities they each serve.

Training Resources

OFN offers training resources and tools aimed 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.

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Upcoming Events

CONNECT+ Forum: CDFI Capitalization
March 19, 2024 Virtual

Join us at this year to dive deeper into strategies, opportunities, and innovations related to CDFI capitalization. We will consider ways CDFIs can optimize the nuts and bolts of capitalization to enhance efficiency; navigate the current capital landscape of public, private, and philanthropic sources; and forge new partnerships.

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  • 2023
  • 2022

Over the past five years, OFN has actively collaborated with our members and partners to advocate for changes that channel more resources into underinvested communities. Last month, federal bank regulators unveiled the final rule updating the CRA regulations – a significant milestone in the ongoing effort to modernize this critical civil rights legislation.

Watch this comprehensive discussion with Federal Reserve Governor Michael Barr and OFN President & CEO Harold Pettigrew on what these changes mean specifically for CDFIs. From the impact on bank lending and CDFI investments to addressing climate and resilience to enhancing CRA investments in rural and Native communities, there’s much to unpack in this new rule.

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CONNECT+ Webinar: Mission-Aligned Portfolio Management

There’s often much discussion around how to embed equity in loan product design and align loan originations with CDFI values and missions, but how do you continue to embed these principles once a loan closes?

During this webinar, we dive into strategies, insights, and leading practices from three CDFI practitioners on how to effectively manage your loan portfolio while staying true to your mission and values, from building processes that activate borrower’s voice to navigating the complexities that can arise during the delinquency process.

OFN thanks Capital One for supporting this webinar.

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CONNECT+ Webinar: The Talent Equation – Compensation, Benefits & Skill Development

Finding the right people at the right time with the right skills for your organization– and retaining them – continues to be a key priority across the industry. Watch this engaging discussion with fellow CDFI practitioners on crafting equitable compensation structures; implementing benefits that promote employee well-being; and integrating skill development opportunities to nurture talent growth.

Whether you’re seeking to fine-tune your talent strategy or redefine your approach, this webinar will equip you with insights to help master the balance of talent optimization at your organization.

OFN thanks Capital One for supporting this webinar.

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CONNECT+ Webinar: Designing Loan Products that Advance Racial Justice

Hear insights and lessons learned from three CDFIs on how they’ve examined their lending policies and processes to rework their definitions of creditworthiness and design loan products that advance racial justice. The webinar will also cover how to develop and utilize racial equity impact assessment tools, ways that CDFIs have centered community voices in their work, and more.

OFN thanks Citi Foundation for supporting this webinar.

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During this webinar, OFN’s Public Policy team discuss our 2023 policy priorities including CDFI Fund appropriations, the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund and other Inflation Reduction Act programs, changes to CDFI certification and more. Read more in our blog recap!

We also share how you can engage in our advocacy efforts this year, using our tools and resources to help make your voice heard with federal policymakers.

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The CONNECT+ Forum features two plenaries and six breakout sessions focused on strengthening CDFI operations and staffing. During the forum, OFN released two new toolkits and highlights a new OFN research brief that explore a range of CDFI trends from 2017 through 2021.  

OFN thanks Citi Foundation, JPMorgan Chase, and Wells Fargo for supporting this forum.

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CONNECT+ Webinar: 50 Years Later, Exploring the Roots of the CDFI Industry

The webinar features a panel with early CDFI leaders as well as OFN leadership on how a movement became the industry we know today. Check out OFN’s new CDFI 101 toolkit, designed to help CDFIs educate new staff and stakeholders on what CDFIs are, how they do what they do, why they exist, and an overview of the impact they’ve had.

OFN thanks Citi Foundation for supporting this webinar.

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“Resources for CDFI Growth” Webinar Series

Watch recordings from OFN’s “Resources for CDFI Growth” webinar series and see the complete toolkit and framework materials on CDFI Connect.

OFN thanks Capital One and Fifth Third Bank for supporting these resources.

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CONNECT+ Webinars

The 2022 CONNECT+ Webinar Series include important policy issues; challenges and opportunities facing CDFIs; and CDFI best practices in business models, operations, and structures.

OFN thanks Wells Fargo for sponsoring our CONNECT+ Webinar series!

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