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Webinar, Foundations and CDFIs: Creative Solutions for Crisis Response and Recovery

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The webinar is now available for on demand viewing using the link below or via YouTube:


We’re proud to announce that CNote is hosting a webinar on Wednesday, June 17th 2020 – 11:00 AM (PDT). 

The overarching goal of this webinar is to highlight creative ways foundations are deploying investments and grant dollars to support the economic response and recovery in light of COVID-19.

We’ll have a strong focus on the intersection foundations and CDFIs to support communities. The content will be focused on case studies and real-world examples. Our aim is to empower foundations and philanthropic organizations with examples that they can use to drive new investment and grant activity at their organizations.

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Foundations and CDFIs: Creative Solutions for Crisis Response and Recovery

Brief Summary:

Have you wondered what other foundations are doing to address the growing economic crisis? Is your foundation looking for ways to invest locally or make new investments outside of your typical mandate or mission?

This webinar will share practical and tangible examples of how foundations have effectively mobilized local Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) resources to address the economic impact of this pandemic. You’ll hear from two leading foundations about the creative investments they’ve deployed to address this crisis, along with lessons they’ve learned along the way.

You’ll also learn about how CDFIs serve as an option to deploy mission-aligned investments into your community or across the country rapidly and with compelling impact. This is relevant for foundations who are both new to working with local CDFIs and foundations who have some experience but are looking to deepen that effort during this crisis.

Speakers Include:

  • Cat Berman, Co-Founder and CEO – CNote
  • Avo Makdessian, Vice President and Director, Strategic Initiatives and Partnerships – Silicon Valley Community Foundation
  • Michelle Nelson, CFO, Community Foundation for a Greater Richmond
  • Caroline Nowery, Vice President, Director of Investor Relations – Virginia Community Capital
  • Lisa O’Mara, Solutions Consultant – LOCUS Impact Investing

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