The Capacity Building Initiative will greatly expand technical assistance and training opportunities for Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) nationwide and significantly boost the ability of CDFIs to deliver financial products and services to underserved communities.
To carry out the Initiative's objectives, the CDFI Fund has engaged established community development firms to provide training and technical assistance. More information can be found in the individual overviews below.
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Capacity Building Initiative Resource Banks
As part of the Capacity Building Initiative, the CDFI Fund will be providing Resource Banks that contain training materials, expert documents, archived webinars, and links to relevant outside information. Resource Banks are available on a variety of topic areas, including past training series.
Resource Banks for current training series can also be accessed from each training series’ individual page below.
Current Capacity Building Initiative Training Series
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Opportunity Finance Network will provide the Scaling Up Microfinance series. The series will expand the capacity of CDFIs that specialize in microfinance through an advanced training and technical assistance program focused on decreasing costs, building human capital, and improving business models in order to attract investments.
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Opportunity Finance Network will provide the Strengthening Small and Emerging CDFIs series. The series will provide comprehensive capacity building services and resources for small and emerging CDFIs, tailored to the diverse needs of a broad spectrum of CDFI types and community characteristics.
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Opportunity Finance Network will provide the Financing Community Health Centers series. The series will build the capacity of CDFIs to successfully finance and provide services to community health centers in underserved communities. In-person and online training will be provided on topics such as health care sector trends, underwriting, program designs for lending to community health centers, and other relevant subjects.
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Deloitte Financial Advisory Services LLP will provide the Preserving and Expanding CDFI Minority Depository Institutions series. The series will support CDFI Minority Depository Institutions through a specialized training and technical assistance program that will focus on topics such as leadership development, capitalization, organizational transformation, and other relevant subjects.
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NeighborWorks® America will provide The Leadership Journey II: Continuing Native CDFI Growth and Excellence series. This series builds upon the success of The Leadership Journey I: Native CDFI Growth and Excellence that provided training to sixteen experienced Native CDFIs. The Leadership Journey II will support the continued growth and long-term sustainability of established Native CDFIs by providing the forum, tools, and resources for Native CDFI leaders to identify and address the critical challenges of their organizations. Training, technical assistance, executive coaching, peer mentoring and specialized resources will be available to participants.