Native CDFI Practitioner Certification Program

Strengthening Native CDFIs

Oweesta Corporation offers a Native CDFI Practitioner Certification Program uniquely adapted to the cultural context of Native CDFIs. This training provides an overview of all areas of Native CDFI operations, including basic financial management, lending, development services, impact tracking, marketing, capitalization, and more. The Certification Program offers four tracks (with additional options for Native CDFI Board members) to specialize in Lending, Executive Management, Development Services, and/or Financial Management; each of which include a series of trainings.

This training program is unmatched. It was developed following extensive key information interviews with Native CDFI practitioners, consultants, and Oweesta partners and teaches on activities specific to Native CDFI practitioners, such as performing collateral perfection on Indian trust land or leveraging resources available only to Tribal nations.

To learn more about the Certification Program, contact Director of Programs Heather Rademacher Taylor at heather@oweesta.org.

Certification Program Brochure

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Tracks

Executive Specialization Track

Training ProgramTentative Dates
Fundamentals WeekMarch 2022;
March 2023
Effective Fundraising and CapitalizationAugust 2022
Financial Management II –
Asset/Liability Management, Financial Statement Analysis & Reporting, Budgeting
April 2023
Executive TrainingNovember 2023

Financial Management Specialization Training

Training ProgramTentative Dates
Fundamentals WeekMarch 2022;
March 2023
Financial Management I –
Accounting Principles, Nonprofit Financial Statements, Fund Accounting
February 2023
Financial Management II –
Asset/Liability Management, Financial Statement Analysis & Reporting, Budgeting
April 2023

Lending Specialization Training

Training ProgramTentative Dates
Fundamentals WeekMarch 2022;
March 2023
Underwriting – Consumer, Business, HousingSeptember 2022
Loan Portfolio ManagementOctober 2022

Development Services Specialization Training

Training ProgramTentative Dates
Fundamentals WeekMarch 2022;
March 2023
Two of the following Building Native Communities (BNC) trainingsTentative Dates
BNC YouthFebruary 2022
BNC CoachingApril 2022
BNC Financial SkillsMay 2022
BNC YouthJuly 2022
BNC Financial SkillsAugust 2022
BNC CoachingSeptember 2022
BNC YouthNovember 2022

CONTACT US

Oweesta Corporation
2432 Main Street, 1st Floor
Longmont, CO 80501
303.774.8838
info@oweesta.org

Oweesta is an equal opportunity employer and provider.

ABOUT OWEESTA

Oweesta is the longest standing 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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