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WASHINGTON Sixteen certified Native Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) will be the first participants in the Community Development Financial Institutions Fund's Capacity Building Initiative training series designed specifically for Native organizations.
The Native CDFIs will be a part of "The Leadership Journey: Native CDFI Growth & Excellence" training series for two years, during which time they will develop leadership skills and resources to further staff growth and increase organizational performance.
One Native CDFI selected is Northern Shores Loan Fund, Inc., owned by the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians, based in Harbor Springs, Michigan.
“The selection of Northern Shores Loan Fund Inc. to participate in such a comprehensive, Native CDFI focused training program alongside other experienced Native CDFI practitioners across the country is a great opportunity,”
stated Lisa McComb, executive director of the Northern Shores Loan Fund, Inc.
“This training will bring added skills and knowledge to our organization that can only enhance the existing services that we provide, ultimately assisting entrepreneurs and economic development in the six counties we serve in Northern Michigan. We look forward to the Leadership Journey and appreciate being selected from such a strong pool of applicants.”
The Leadership Journey will offer three additional cohort training events over the next two years along with customized technical assistance. The next training is scheduled for May 7-11, and will be held at the NeighborWorks America Training Institute in New Orleans, Louisiana. Cohort members will be able to access a wide range of trainings through the Institute, all tailored to their leadership and resource development needs.
The Leadership Journey is funded by the CDFI Fund as part of its overall Capacity Building Initiative and is delivered through NeighborWorks America, in partnership with Seven Sisters Development Group.
The list of the 16 Leadership Journey Training Participants are as follows:
posted April 18, 2012 6:59 am edt
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