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Community Development Institute (CDI)

CDI offers professional organizations and their staff an opportunity to build skills, learn from peers and connect to existing state, regional and national resources. We offer structured training sessions throughout the year and cover a broad range of topics including:

  • Board and organizational development
  • Financial management
  • Resource development
  • Marketing
  • Program evaluation and impact assessment
  • MicroBusiness development
  • Real estate development

Training sessions are open to all industries and sectors including:

  • Community development organizations (CDCs and CDFIs)
  • Local branches of government
  • Small businesses
  • Social enterprises
  • Non-profits
  • Financial institutions
  • Private corporations

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2018 Calendar Coming Soon!


Past 2017 Classes:

Community Development 101

FEBRUARY 15 | 10 AM - 4 PM |  IRMO, SC

Join us for an upcoming CDI class, Learning from History: What the Community Development Past Can Tell Us About the Present, where you will learn about the various trends that have shaped the history of community development and the current state of the profession and - through discussion - understand the current issues facing the field of community development and introduce new ways to think about the work.

Financial Literacy: A Practitioners’ Guide to Program Design and Delivery

may 11 | 10 AM - 4 PM |  COLUMBIA, SC

Join is for a discussion on financial coaching program design and delivery methods which will be presented to aid in the creation of your own financial capability training program. Participants will learn how coaching differs from and compliments counseling, financial education and other services aimed at building a consumers' financial capability. 

Financing your Community Development Work

June 22 | 10 AM - 4 PM |  greenville, SC

Join us for a panel discussion by some of the state’s leading financiers of community development. Participants will learn more about the resources these groups provide, the kinds of programs they support, and how to approach each group for future funding.

Sharing Examples of Innovative Partnerships in the Community Economic Development Industry

JulY 20 | 10 AM - 4 PM |  Charleston, SC

Join Don Oglesby, President and CEO of Homes of Hope, and other successful CED organizations as they share examples of innovative partnerships that have increased their impact in their community. In addition to example of real time partnerships the practitioners will share their formulas and best practices for developing and maintaining their partnerships.

Opportunity SC 2017

December 6-8  |  Charleston, SC

Come network with industry peers, funders and partners and learn about innovative and sustainable solutions for low-wealth communities in South Carolina this year's annual conference.

Registration is open.

Impacting Communities through Affordable Housing Development

october 12 &13 | 10 AM - 4 PM |  rock hill, SC

Join us for a 2-day interactive class where you will learn the art and science behind developing single-family and multi-family housing projects using proven strategies, tools, and guidance from three Community Development Corporations: Santee Lynches Affordable Housing & CDC, Homes of Hope, Inc. and Community Assistance Providers, Inc. Participants will walk away with actionable steps to start a housing development project in their service area and the tools to analyze your project for fiscal sustainability.

A Deep Dive into Budgeting & Financial Management

november 9 | 10 AM - 4 PM |  Charleston, SC

Join us for a look at the financial management cycle which is when board and staff leaders use analysis of the accurate and contextual reports that they have received during the year to inform their plans going forward.