Fundamentals of the Opportunity Finance Industry: Certificate in Community Development Finance
The Fundamentals of the Opportunity Finance Industry course is designed for practitioners who are interested in expanding their knowledge of the basics of the opportunity finance industry which provides financing and financial services to low-income, low-wealth, and other disadvantaged people and communities.
This three-day course is jointly offered by the Carsey School of Public Policy at the University of New Hampshire and Opportunity Finance Network.
The goal of this certificate course is to develop the knowledge and capacity of community development finance professionals so that they can productively contribute to expanding their organizations’ capacity and impact. The primary objectives are to:
- Provide participants with an understanding of the history, models, products, and players in the opportunity finance field.
- Expose participants to best practices and trends in financing, capitalization, and operations of community development financial institutions (CDFIs).
- Inform participants about impact measurement and evaluation as well as key policy issues impacting the industry.
- Learn about portfolio policies and management as well as underwriting loans to CDFI borrowers.