10/20/22 – South Dakota’s Akiptan, Alaska’s Haa Yakaawu, and Idaho’s Nimiipuu Fund are recipients of the 2022 Native CDFI Awards.
Watch representatives from Akiptan, Haa Yakaawu, and Nimippuu Fund, accept their awards at the 2022 Native CDFI Awards during the 2022 OFN Conference in New York City.
10/21/21 – Washington’s Northwest Native Development Fund and Alaska’s Spruce Root are honored for their work to create opportunity and promote self-sovereignty in Indian Country.
Watch Ted Piccolo, executive director, Northwest Native Development Fund, accept the 2021 Native CDFI Catalyst Award at the OFN Annual Conference.
Watch Alana Peterson, executive director, Spruce Root, accept the 2021 Native CDFI Seed Capital Award at the OFN 2021 Conference.
11/09/20 – The 2020 Native CDFI Awards honored two Native community development financial institutions (CDFIs) — Cook Inlet Lending Center in Alaska and Black Hills Community Loan Fund in South Dakota — for their unique approaches to helping Native-owned small business survive the COVID-19 pandemic.
Watch Jeff Tickle, general manager, Cook Inlet Lending Center, and Carol Gore, president/CEO, Cook Inlet Housing Authority, accept the 2020 Native CDFI Catalyst Award at the OFN 2020 Annual Conference.
Watch Onna LeBeau, executive director, Black Hills Community Loan Fund, accept the 2020 Native CDFI Seed Capital Award at the OFN 2020 Annual Conference.
10/21/19 – Across the U.S., Native community development financial institutions (CDFIs) bring opportunity to Native communities with financing, education, and creative partnerships. They create jobs and pave paths to homeownership. Rooted in Native culture and history, these CDFIs provide access to capital for locally-owned businesses and spark economic growth. Today, two of these mission-driven lenders were honored by a new Native CDFI Awards program, established by Opportunity Finance Network, Oweesta Corporation and Wells Fargo.