Community Development Financial Institutions: At the Crossroads in Wisconsin
The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago's Community Development and Policy Studies division and the Helen Bader Foundation are pleased to invite you to a workshop entitled, Community Development Financial Institutions: At the Crossroads in Wisconsin. The workshop will be held on Wednesday, December 1, at the Helen Bader Foundation in Milwaukee. We would be pleased to have you and/or a senior member of your staff, join us for this important event.
This seminar seeks to bring together Wisconsin's community development financial institutions (CDFIs) to provide an opportunity to learn about and from each other, network, understand the state of the industry, explore issues of common concern and find ways in which the industry may move forward in unity and through collaboration. This conference features panel discussions on approaches to CDFI sustainability and the benefits and drawbacks to taking a collective approach to issues of common concern; a luncheon keynote address by CDFI Fund Director Donna Gambrell (invited); as well as representatives from the CDFI Fund who are available to provide technical assistance.
Admittance to this workshop is by invitation only. Seating is very limited. Register today!
Last Updated: 11/30/2010
An interactive discussion focusing on introducing all attendees and having each share some brief background about their CDFI's mission and geographic focus.
CDFIs take diverse approaches to provide affordable credit, capital and financial services to underserved populations and communities. This panel draws on research to measure the social impact, financial performance, and institutional sustainability of varying types of CDFIs, and examples of cooperative organizational models both within and outside the community development arena designed to improve efficiencies and impact.
How different are Wisconsin's CDFIs from each other? Do we approach funders, underwrite risk, share risk, obtain and service customers in completely different ways? Can we learn things from one another and from other states? Are there any economies of scale to be found? The panel will discuss the benefits and drawbacks to taking a collective approach to issues of common concern facing CDFIs doing business in Wisconsin. Afterward, attendees are encouraged to weigh in with their thoughts to help enlighten our discussion.
There have been no hotel rooms booked. You are responsible for making your own travel reservations and plans.
The Helen Bader Foundation welcomes you to use their complimentary parking available in the Historic Third Ward parking structure, located one block south their offices at the southeast corner of Chicago and Water Streets (enter on Chicago). Please take a ticket as you enter the structure, and the Foundation will be happy to offer validation.
A complimentary continental breakfast and a buffet lunch will be available. The Helen Bader Foundation keeps their facility kosher (including tables), so they request that guests do not bring in outside food.
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