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Hawaii First FCU joins CDFI leaders program
WASHINGTON (4/18/12)--Hawaii First FCU, Kamuela, Hawaii, is among the 16 native community development financial institutions (CDFIs) taking part in the CDFI Fund's Leadership Journey, a capacity building initiative designed for Native American organizations.

The program, which the CDFI Fund has named The Leadership Journey: Native CDFI Growth & Excellence, is a two-year training program that aims to help participating organizations develop their staff and organization.

Representatives of the 16 organizations met earlier this year in Albuquerque, New Mexico, to discuss a myriad of business issues, including staff and human resource management, finance, sustainability practices, and succession plans. Three other similar meetings are scheduled for this group, and the first of those meetings is scheduled to be held in New Orleans, La., between May 7 and 11 of this year.

Other participants include the Community Development Financial Institution of the Tohono O'odham Nation, the Citizen Potawatomi Community Development Corporation, the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement, the Four Bands Community Fund, the Hopi Credit Association, the Indian Land Capital Company and the Karuk Community Loan Fund, Inc. The Lakota Fund, Mazaska Owecaso Otipi Financial, Inc., Native Community Finance, the Navajo Partnership for Housing, Inc., Niijii Capital Partners, Inc., the Northern Shores Loan Fund, Inc., the Northwest Native Development Fund, and Salt River Financial Services Institution are also taking part, according to the CDFI fund.

For the full CDFI Fund release, use the resource link.
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