Training and Technical Assistance


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.

 Current Trainings



Building Native CDFIs Trainings/DispForm.aspx?ID=1Building Native CDFIs<div class="ExternalClass9B998BEA1D0F4BD496586595592408E7">NeighborWorks America will present the Building Native CDFIs’ Sustainability and Impact series. The series will provide a wide range of specialized training, technical assistance, and peer learning opportunities designed to meet the unique needs of Native CDFIs at all stages of growth. </div>/programs-training/training-ta/Pages/building-native-cdfis.aspx
Expanding CDFI Coverage In Underserved Areas Trainings/DispForm.aspx?ID=2Expanding CDFI Coverage In Underserved Areas<div class="ExternalClass034CC5D263EB489185B5DABC6FE9BF16">Opportunity Finance Network will provide the Expanding CDFI Coverage in Underserved Areas series. The series will provide specialized training and technical assistance to certified and emerging CDFIs to extend their reach into certain underserved communities in the United States that currently lack a CDFI presence. </div>/programs-training/training-ta/Pages/expanding-cdfi-coverage.aspx

 Upcoming Trainings



Small Dollar Loans Training Events/AllItems.aspx Training Events/DispForm.aspx?ID=18Small Dollar Loans2016-05-17T18:00:00Z2016-05-17T19:00:00ZWebinar0x01020041E1D5678A3CED4385147CFE255D1817010029E4E475FF448F44B2DC4A82BCB716E018
Expanding Capacity for Credit Unions through High-Impact Products and Services Training Events/AllItems.aspx Training Events/DispForm.aspx?ID=19Expanding Capacity for Credit Unions through High-Impact Products and Services2016-05-31T18:00:00Z2016-05-31T19:00:00ZWebinar0x01020041E1D5678A3CED4385147CFE255D1817010029E4E475FF448F44B2DC4A82BCB716E019
Looking Forward: Industry Trends Training Events/AllItems.aspx Training Events/DispForm.aspx?ID=20Looking Forward: Industry Trends2016-06-14T18:00:00Z2016-06-14T19:00:00ZWebinar0x01020041E1D5678A3CED4385147CFE255D1817010029E4E475FF448F44B2DC4A82BCB716E020

 Resource Banks



The Leadership Journey Resource Bank Resource Bank/DispForm.aspx?ID=11The Leadership Journey Resource Bank<div class="ExternalClass6115A6AFA9394C8B8DD11B961AC595FE">The CDFI Fund’s <i>The Leadership Journey II</i> series, provided by NeighborWorks® America, supported 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. </div>11