Welcome

The virtual 2020 OFN Conference attracted 2,500 CDFI practitioners, partners, and other advocates. Our theme—Finance Justice—focused on the many ways CDFIs combat economic inequality by matching capital to communities in deep need.

The Conference curriculum included plenary discussions on the federal election, racial justice, and attracting private capital; interviews with Bank of America Chairman and CEO Brian Moynihan and Twitter CFO Ned Segal; and keynote addresses from National Urban League CEO Marc Morial and Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta President and CEO Raphael Bostic.

The Conference also included 40 breakout sessions across 7 tracks: Capitalization and Fundraising, CDFI Sustainability, Financing, Native CDFIs, Public Policy, Racial Equity, and Resilience and Climate; 16 facilitated networking sessions by region and staff position, and 3 interactive discussions hosted by the CDFI Women’s Network, the Climate Crisis Working Group, and the CDFI Fund.

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Facilitated Networking by Position: Marketing and Communications

This interactive networking session offers like-minded individuals the opportunity to meet each other in a small group setting. Participants will be broken out into discussion rooms where they’ll share their challenges and successes. Facilitated Networking Sessions tap into the knowledge and experience of all participants. Take this opportunity to engage with new peers, ask questions, share what’s working for you, and find out what you might adopt from others
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Collaboration Led to Increased Capacity and Innovative Affordable Housing Models

CDFI Sustainability

Place-based collaboration tackling a local challenge can lead to new capital sources, stronger balance sheets, increased organizational capacity to expand reach or improve delivery of service, and innovation at scale. We’ll hear from three CDFI place-based collaboratives about how they are working together on innovative models to help people remain stably housed, as well as addressing housing affordability−both of which have been exacerbated by the pandemic.

Calvin Holmes

Chicago Community Loan Fund

Linda McMahon

The Real Estate Council

Andreanecia Morris

HousingNOLA

Mercedeh Mortazavi

JPMorgan Chase Foundation

Looking in the Mirror: Racial Disparities and CDFIs

Racial Equity

Analysis by McKinsey Global Institute found if the racial wealth gap were closed, US GDP would have been $1.5 trillion greater over the next decade. Importantly, Black-led financial institutions play a vital role in closing these gaps by locating in minority communities and originating loans at higher rates to people of color than other lenders. Yet, 70% of African American communities lack a bank branch and nearly half of Black-owned banks hav