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CDFI Fund Announces Free “Strengthening Small and Emerging CDFIs” Webinars
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December 19, 2013

The Community Development Financial Institutions Fund (CDFI Fund) today announced that free webinars will be provided as part of the Capacity Building Initiative’s “Strengthening Small and Emerging CDFIs” series between January 2014 and June 2014. The technical assistance webinars, provided by Opportunity Finance Network, will provide small and emerging Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) with best practices and tools to evaluate their business practices and pursue strategies to strengthen their organizations.

The CDFI Fund announced the “Strengthening Small and Emerging CDFIs” series in September 2012 to expand the capacity of CDFIs with a strong ambition to increase their impact and improve their sustainability. The series is focused on overcoming barriers to growth, building effective partnerships, expanding products and geography, and exploring drivers of growth and sustainability. The free webinars are designed to maximize the reach of this important Capacity Building Initiative series.

Upcoming webinars include:

  • The Four Stages of CDFI Growth (Wednesday, January 8, 2014, 1 p.m. EST): While planning for growth in your organization, you can benefit from understanding exactly where your CDFI is now. This webinar will provide participants with a meaningful organizational development framework, and help participants identify their organizations’ place within it. We will identify common organizational issues and offer practical solutions to managing growth at your CDFI.
  • Capitalization: Raising Debt and Equity for CDFIs (Tuesday, January 21, 2014, 1 p.m. EST): Responding to popular demand, we are presenting a webinar on capitalization, a common challenge among many small and emerging CDFIs. Join us to explore various sources of capital available to CDFIs. In this webinar, you will learn to develop a plan to access the sources of capital appropriate for your CDFI.
  • Leading Organizational Change (Wednesday, February 5, 2014, 1 p.m. EST): As your organization prepares for ambitious growth, it must consider and manage for the effects change will have on the organization and its staff. This webinar will walk through the steps for leading organizational change successfully, as well as identify how different types of change may affect your organization.

The remaining webinars will be announced in the near future and will be posted to the "Strengthening Small and Emerging CDFIs" webpage.


The "Strengthening Small and Emerging CDFIs" webinars are free and open to the general public, but advanced registration is required to access the presentation. Registration may be completed up until the start time listed for each individual session. Click here to register.

Resource Bank

Past webinars will be archived and added to the “Strengthening Small and Emerging CDFIs” Resource Bank available on the CDFI Fund’s website. In addition, the CDFI Fund has recently updated the Resource Bank to include additional training and reference materials. Visit the Resource Bank here.

To learn more about the “Strengthening Small and Emerging CDFIs” series and the other training series available under the Capacity Building Initiative, please visit www.cdfifund.gov/cbi.

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