Certificate in Community Development Finance

Certificate in Community Development Finance

This one-week certificate course is held on the University of New Hampshire campus

Course Dates: June 16 - 20, 2014

The Certificate in Community Development Finance - a one-week course - is held on campus at the University of New Hampshire. It is jointly offered by the Carsey Institute at the University of New Hampshire and Opportunity Finance Network. It is designed for practitioners who are interested in expanding their knowledge of the fundamentals of the opportunity finance industry, which provides financing and financial services to low-income, low-wealth, and other disadvantaged people and communities. The course will include guest speakers, group discussions and exercises, case studies, and site visits to local, award-winning CDFIs.


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:

  1. Provide participants with an understanding of the history, business models, products and services, and players in the community development finance field
  2. Expose participants to best practices, trends, and innovative examples in financing, capitalization, and operations of community development financial institutions (CDFIs)
  3. Inform participants about impact measurement and evaluation as well as key policy issues impacting the community development finance industry

Participants who would benefit from attending this course are new or recent entrants into the field of community development finance who want to expand their knowledge of the fundamentals of the community development finance industry. This includes:

  • Professionals changing careers
  • Current employees of CDFIs
  • CDFI Investors and funders, including banks and foundations
  • Government employees involved in community and economic development


Registration/Full Payment Deadlines:

May 30th (Residential)
June 6th (Commuter)



Michael Swack
Faculty Director, Center on Social Innovation and Finance

Beth Lipson
Executive Vice President, Strategic Initiatives, Opportunity Finance Network

Donna Fabiani
Executive Vice President, Knowledge Sharing, Opportunity Finance Network

Cheryl Neas
Senior Vice President, Policy Development, Opportunity Finance Network

Seth Julyan
Vice President, Membership, Opportunity Finance Network

Julie Eades
President, New Hampshire Community Loan Fund

Elyse Cherry
CEO, Boston Community Capital

Adam Zimmerman
Executive Vice President, Craft3


Schedule Format:

Course Dates:
June 16 - 20, 2014
Daily Sessions:
8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.