FIELD Forum Issue 22 – Increasing Sustainability through Improved Efficiency

May 1, 2009  • Tamra Thetford

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The fourth forum in FIELD‘s sustainability series explores how Opportunity Fund (OF) in California is seeking to increase sustainability by emphasizing efficiency as part of a scale-up strategy. Over the past several years, OF has instituted a number of efficiency initiatives – including upgrading its management information system, adding and revising staff functions, streamlining its loan application process and improving the organization’s technology infrastructure. All of these strategies have come with certain costs and benefits. These are discussed in detail in the forum, along with the challenges OF faced and the lessons learned.