Reflections on the 2023 OFN Conference

We are still buzzing with inspiration and pride from the 2023 Opportunity Finance Network (OFN) Conference. Among the many memorable moments, one stands out prominently: when Jonathan Porter took center stage at the plenary session on Tuesday and reflected on the positive impact the CDFI industry, in particular our esteemed member the Northwest Access Fund, has had on his life.

Northwest Access Fund Executive Director Emerson Sekins and his colleagues helped Jonathan finance a special wheelchair that among other things allowed him to elevate himself to eye-level with standing people, so that, for example, he was able to look his bride directly in the eye on his wedding day.

We extend our thanks to the OFN for providing a platform to share these critical narratives, highlighting the human side of financial services. Moreover, we recognize the dedication of organizations like the Northwest Access Fund, working on the ground to transform lives in practical, yet profound ways.

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