Food Financing Efforts 2014: Native CDFI Support of Native Farmers and Ranchers. In August 2014, First Nations Oweesta Corporation conducted a survey of Native Communities Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) in order to better understand the impact of Native CDFIs on Native agriculture, as well as to better asscertain the need for support services and capital for lending products that support Native agriculture. Click Here to view the publication.
2014 FEAB Snapshot
In January2014, First Nations Oweesta Corporation conducted a survey of tribal government programs and Native nonprofits in order to understand best practicies and the impact of financial education and asset-building programs in Indian Country. Click Here to view the publication.
2012 Native CDFI National Market Study
In August, 2012, First Nations Oweesta conducted a survey of certified Native CDFIs in order to document the need for increased investment in Native CDFIs.
Methodology: Oweesta emailed all certified Native CDFIs requesting their assistance in this endeavor and pledged to post major findings for the field on its website. The email stated that Oweesta’s goal was to provide data-driven research that could be used by all Native CDFIs to support future requests for funding.
The email provided an on-line link to Survey Monkey. The data collected by Survey Monkey was analyzed by ndependent consultants who maintained strict confidentiality with respect to the information reported. Oweesta was only provided with the names and contact information of respondents who wished to be entered in a drawing for five (5) Office Depot gift certificates of $250 each.
Participation Rate: The participation rate of certified Native CDFIs was noteworthy, with 39 of 71 (or 55%) certified Native CDFIs completing the survey. This is a substantially higher participation rate than the 30% average reported by the University of Texas in 2009 for online surveys. Click Here to view the publication.