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Cancelled ~ Native CDFI Certification Program: Financial Management Specialization (Accounting Fundamentals for Native CDFIs)

June 2, 2020 @ 8:00 am - June 4, 2020 @ 5:00 pm

Date: June 2-4, 2020

Location: Hollywood, Florida (In Partnership with Native Learning Center)

Trainers: Chrystel Cornelius, Executive Director, First Nations Oweesta Corporation; Florence Ludka, CFO, First Nations Oweesta Corporation

Eligibility: Open to Public

Cost: Free to Attend

Registration: LINK

Contact: Heather Rademacher Taylor, Heather@oweesta.org; Florence Ludka, Florence@oweesta.org

Description: This interactive course will introduce accounting principles with respect to the preparation of accounting information, its use in the operation of the organization and financial reporting. Focus will be on understanding the fundamentals of accounting, debits and credits, accounting transactions and the preparation of financial statements.

  • Understand debits, credits and the use of T accounts.
  • Understand the difference between assets and liabilities and how to determine net assets.
  • Learn how to analyze your organization’s transactions and determine which amounts go into which accounts.
  • Create chart of accounts and enter transactions into accounts.
  • Practice journalizing transactions.
  • Practice transferring data from general journal to trial balance.
  • Hands on experience preparing financial statements from trial balance.

This training will focus on the needs of Native Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) and Native American Financial Institution (NAFI) practitioners or those seeking to start a Native CDFI or NAFI. Specifically, those practitioners working in finance/accounting, Board members (who may need to review/provide oversight to organizational finances), and executive directors or management tasked with reviewing/understanding accounting/finances for their organization.

Update: Due to the recent developments on the domestic spread of the Coronavirus within the U.S.,Oweesta is postponing this training and tentatively rescheduling for June 2nd-4th, 2020. We will continue to monitor the Coronavirus situation and will update you accordingly in late April.

The safety of our participants and staff are of the utmost concern to Oweesta during this time of uncertainty and we apologize for any inconvenience this may cause in revisiting your travel plans, but we prefer to err on the side of caution for your ultimate safety.

Update 2: With the ever growing threat of COVID-19, we at Oweesta have sadly decided to cancel this event. We hope to reschedule for some time in the near future, but so long as there is an international pandemic posing a threat to the health and safety of so many people, we feel the safe only course of action is to cancel this for the time being. We again apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.

If you have any questions or concerns in regards to this cancellation, please feel free to contact Florence Ludka at Florence@Oweesta.org.


June 2, 2020 @ 8:00 am
June 4, 2020 @ 5:00 pm


June 2, 2020 @ 8:00 am
June 4, 2020 @ 5:00 pm


Oweesta Corporation
2432 Main Street, 1st Floor
Longmont, CO 80501

Oweesta is an equal opportunity employer and provider.


Oweesta is the only existing Native CDFI intermediary offering financial products and development services exclusively to Native CDFIs and Native communities. Specifically, Oweesta provides training, technical assistance, investments, research, and policy advocacy to help Native communities develop an integrated range of asset-building products and services, including financial education and financial products.

Asset-building tools stimulate reservation economies by providing tribal members the opportunity to acquire financial management skills and build and accumulate assets through small business creation, homeownership, education, and much more.


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