With 1,250 attendees, 89 breakout sessions, 6 tours, and a fun run, OFN's 31st Conference was the place to be November 9–12.

  • At the Opening Plenary, we heard from Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, The Kresge Foundation President Rip Rapson, JPMorgan Chase Vice Chairman Mel Martinez, and a panel of experts on the important role of CDFIs and public-private partnerships in Detroit's revitalization. Throughout the Conference, our tours took us out of downtown and into Detroit’s neighborhoods, where homes are being purchased and repaired, and small businesses are coming back.
  • CDFI Fund Director Annie Donovan, Senator Gary Peters, and US Representative Debbie Dingell delivered targeted remarks on the important role of CDFIs in community revitalization in Detroit and across the country.
  • At OFN Connect, Jeremy Nowak presented a preview of his research on CDFI capitalization and growth. OFN plans to publish the complete report in early 2016.
  • Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity. One year ago at the 2014 OFN Conference, we introduced racial equity as a critical goal for the industry. At this year's Conference, we introduced an Equity track of sessions that included an Advancing Equity Workshop delivered by Race Matters Institute (RMI), breakout sessions on inclusive growth, and a roundtable discussion on OFN's industry equity strategy.
  • In his State of the Industry Speech, 10X, OFN President and CEO Mark Pinsky challenged the industry to set its sights on a 10X growth in our influence, a leap forward that will require new capitalization strategies, a focus on talent development, an analysis of business models and technology, and a focus on diversity, inclusion, and equity. Watch Mark's full speech or download the prepared text.
  • Moises Loza, Executive Director of the Housing Assistance Council, received the prestigious Ned Gramlich Award for Responsible Finance for his long history of service in the opportunity finance field. In his acceptance speech he said "Because I know first-hand what it's like to work hard but still struggle, I've made it my life's work to provide affordable housing for low-income people in rural areas."
  • We heard from the three NEXT Opportunity Award winners—Sunrise Banks, Freedom First Federal Credit Union, and Lower East Side People's Federal Credit Union—and honored Citizen Potawatomi Community Development Corporation (CPCDC), Justine PETERSEN, and the Disability Opportunity Fund with NEXT Seed Capital Awards.
  • Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses, the Surdna Foundation, and Opportunity Finance Network awarded the second annual Small Business Leader Award for Mission-Driven Lenders to Minneapolis-based Metropolitan Economic Development Association (MEDA).
  • At the Native CDFI Awards ceremony, Wisconsin Native Loan Fund received the Circle of Honor Award and long-time Native CDFI practitioner and advocate, Elsie Meeks, received the Visionary Leader Award for Outstanding Achievement.
  • Lisa Johanon, Executive Director of Central Detroit Christian Community Development Corporation, this year's OFN Conference Justice Grantee, spoke eloquently about transforming individuals to reach their highest potential while transforming the central Detroit community to be a place of Shalom.

Thank you to all of our sponsors this year!


Lead Sponsor Bank of America
Platinum Sponsors
Gold Sponsors
Silver Sponsors

Federal Home Loan Bank System / Morgan Stanley / Northern Trust / PNC Bank, NA / Prudential / Sam's Club / U.S. Bancorp Community Development Corporation


Bank of the West / BB&T / BBVA Compass / Cinnaire / Fifth Third Bank / NeighborWorks America / ZRG Partners


Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP / Charles Schwab Bank / Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation / Disability Opportunity Fund / FUND Consulting, LLC / The Knight Foundation Fund at the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan / National Cooperative Bank / Ohio Capital Finance Corporation / PIDC/Portfol / Plante Moran / Prudent Lenders, LLC / Standard & Poor's Ratings Services / Urban Partnership Bank


Aeris / Ally Bank / CommonGoals Software / Community Reinvestment Fund, USA / ImpactUS / Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) / ONABEN / PCFS Solutions / RSM / The Community Development Trust


Capital Impact Partners / Chi Ishobak, Inc. / Cinnaire / Corporation for Supportive Housing / Detroit Development Fund / IFF / Invest Detroit / Local Initiatives Support Corporation / Metro Community Development, Inc. / Northern Initiatives / One Detroit Credit Union / Opportunity Resource Fund

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