Capacity building, or increasing an organization’s ability to operate effectively, is critical to the success of community-based lenders and the people who depend on them. The CDFI Fund’s Capacity Building Initiative offers a variety of training and direct technical assistance opportunities to CDFIs looking to strengthen their organizations and, ultimately, serve distressed communities in new and innovative ways.
The training programs offered through the Capacity Building Initiative target key issues affecting CDFIs and support the development of tailored capacity building plans to meet the unique needs of individual organizations.
With these education and support tools, the CDFI Fund is building the capacity of CDFIs, empowering them to grow, to achieve organizational sustainability, and to contribute to the revitalization of their communities. This translates into real change for communities in need.
Current Training Series:
Below is a list of the current training series offered through the Capacity Building Initiative. Click on the name of a training series to learn more about the assistance being provided, eligibility factors, upcoming events, registration information, and to access supplementary training documents in the Resource Bank.
"Access for All: Expanding CDFI Impact in the Disability Community” is a Capacity Building Initiative training series for CDFIs interested in expanding their financial services and products to reach individuals with disabilities.
Building Native CDFIs’ Sustainability and Impact II (BNCSI II) is a multi-faceted training program that will include a series of webinars, workshops, and learning cadres, designed to strengthen the capacity of CDFIs to provide essential financial products and services to Native Communities.
The Building Native CDFI's Sustainability and Impact II training series was provided by ICF Incorporated, LLC and First Nation Oweesta to deliver a comprehensive technical assistance training platform for the Native CDFI industry.