NPLF Investor: Doing Well by Doing Good

Beacon Group

Many people with disabilities are unemployed, and many of them want to work. In the past year, Beacon Group provided 1,600 people with the support they needed to successfully join the labor force. To keep Beacon workers engaged, this local nonprofit provided business solutions for thousands of nonprofit and for-profit Beacon customers. “We are an… Read more »

NPLF Investor: CFSA Invests for Impact

When making a difference in a new way is important to you, knock on the door of a community foundation. That’s what Helaine Levy did when she wanted nonprofits in Southern Arizona to have access to loan capital that would increase their impact in our community. Helaine and Clint Mabie, the President and CEO of… Read more »

NPLF Director, Three Borrowers to Present at AFP Oct. 13

Maura Grogan

Financially Robust Nonprofits: How Successful Organizations are Diversifying Resources. In today’s market, nonprofit organizations are looking for ways to diversify revenue, understanding the connection between unearned (donated) and earned revenue.  But the truly successful nonprofits also understand the role that borrowing (debt) can play in managing for financial strength.  In this session, you will learn how… Read more »

NPLF Investor: Fast Action Leads to Creative Gift

Curtis Thornhill

The call came to the Nonprofit Loan Fund from a supporter in mid-December 2016. It was an unusual transaction and it had to close by year end for tax purposes. Curtis Thornhill, a philanthropist from Utah with roots in Tucson, was making a significant contribution to the Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation, giving half in cash… Read more »

NPLF Receives Coveted CDFI Certification

The U.S. Department of the Treasury recently recognized the Nonprofit Loan Fund of Tucson and Southern Arizona (NPLF), a Supporting Organization of the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona (CFSA), as a Certified Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI). With this certification, NPLF joins more than 500 nonprofit CDFI loan funds across the country committed to providing… Read more »

NPLF Borrower: Learning & Growing in the Heart of Downtown

When you take a walk in downtown Tucson with Carrie Brennan, you’re likely to stop often and talk to people she either knows or is interested in meeting: students, parents, teachers, and cultural, business and government professionals who are part of the fabric of this blossoming city center. Carrie was the founding principal of the… Read more »

NPLF Borrower: Nearly 12,000 Pounds of Organic Popcorn and Growing

Hundreds of thousands of Tucsonans of all ages traveled around the world via films from 62 countries shown at The Loft Cinema last year. They consumed 11,600 pounds of organic popcorn too. Now in its 45th year (15 as a nonprofit), the Loft is continuing the expansion and renovation that began a few years after… Read more »

NPLF’s Maura Grogan interviewed for new podcast

Maura Grogan

Our thanks to Smith & Dale, LLC partners Deborah Dale and Angie Smith for their interview with NPLF Director Maura Grogan. For more, listen to the 2nd episode in their new podcast series entitled “Stress-Less Fundraising.”

NPLF Borrower: A Safe, Affordable Home of Her Own

Nobody plans on becoming a single mother of two young children and having to move back in with her parents. But when it happened to Melanie, a college graduate and teacher, she assumed she could quickly buy a home of her own. Not so. Melanie soon realized that the homes she could afford were either… Read more »

CFSA’s Sandra Nathan Joins NPLF Board

Sandra Nathan is the Vice President of Community Investment for the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona in Tucson. She is the chief strategist for foundation’s grantmaking, community investment opportunities and leads in the use of diverse capital streams including equity and debt. Sandra also oversees the work of CFSA’s affiliated partner organizations, Sandra also oversees the work of CFSA’s affiliated partner organizations,,… Read more »