The Center for Impact Finance at the Carsey School of Public Policy offers educational and training events throughout the year. These include:
- Solar Lending Professional Training - Virtual Series – presented in partnership with Inclusiv
- CU CDFI Practitioner Certificate virtual course – presented in partnership with Inclusiv
- Fundamentals of the Opportunity Finance Industry course virtual course (2022 only) – offered in collaboration with the Opportunity Finance Network
- Community Power Accelerator Learning Lab virtual course – presented in partnership with HP Sustainability Solution
- Credit Ready Meat and Poultry Lending Initiative virtual course
The Center is frequently adding more programs and courses – including continuing education courses offered through the Carsey School and the University of New Hampshire.
Solar Lending Professional Training – Virtual Series
The Solar Lending Professional Training - Virtual Series is designed for community-based lending practitioners who want to expand their knowledge of solar financing and increase their organization’s activities in financing solar projects. This two-class training results in a Solar Finance Professional Certificate and offers technical assistance in creating and deploying solar lending projects.
CU CDFI Practitioner Certificate
Brought to you by Inclusiv and the Center for Impact Finance, this three-week course will take you thru 3 modules focused on creating a pipeline of CDFI practitioners in the credit union industry that will have a deep knowledge in Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) history, current state, certification, financial inclusion and sustainable strategies and models of CDFI growth.
Fundamentals of the Opportunity Finance Industry Class
This three-day course (offered virtually for 2022) is designed for practitioners who are interested in expanding their knowledge of the basics of the opportunity finance industry, which provides financing and financial services to low-income, low-wealth, and other disadvantaged people and communities. This is a non-credit, certificate course jointly offered by UNH's Carsey School of Public Policy and Opportunity Finance Network (OFN).
Community Power Accelerator Learning Lab
These courses consist of virtual training modules focused on practical information to help community-based organizations develop community solar projects used to serve low-income communities and further social justice. This learning lab was developed by the Center for Impact Finance and HP Sustainability Solutions.
Credit Ready Meat and Poultry Lending Initiative
The Credit Ready series is designed for individuals who work at community-based lending institutions (credit unions, CDFIs, and community banks) and other entities eligible for the Meat and Poultry Intermediary Lending Program or the Food Supply Chain Guaranteed Loan Program who are interested in increasing their organizations' activity in the meat and poultry processing space. The series will launch with an initial cohort of 8 to 10 entities experienced in the meat and poultry processing space that will serve as a “Learning Lab.”