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 »

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 »

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.”

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 »

Bank of Tucson Highlights Loan Fund

We are proud to be a founding member (through our president, Mike Hannley) of the Nonprofit Loan Fund (NPLF) of Tucson and Southern Arizona. Established in 2014, NPLF has made nearly $1.3 million in loans to local nonprofits to help strengthen operations, bridge cash-flow gaps, further their initiatives and make them overall financially sustainable… NPLF’s liquidity is… Read more »

Tucson, Meet Southwest Folklife Alliance

Maribel Alvarez, Ph.D.

    For nearly 45 years, Tucsonans have gathered to indulge—and sometimes overindulge—in the cultural foods that recently put our city at the forefront of a global culinary experience. Tucson is the first U.S. city to be recognized as a UNESCO World City of Gastronomy and at Tucson Meet Yourself, you can enjoy food from… Read more »

A Graceful Exit

Sometimes, despite a lot of hard work and the best of intentions, nonprofit organizations are forced to close their doors. This happened recently to one NPLF borrower, Pasadera Behavioral Health. Fortunately, through the efforts of former CEO Chuck Burbank and his staff, patients being treated at Pasadera have been moved to other providers, nearly all… Read more »

Houses & Hope for Homeless Veterans

Tucked into a quiet neighborhood east of Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, dozens of homeless veterans are about to finally feel at home. Esperanza En Escalante, in partnership with Gorman and Company, Inc., is adding 44 brand new one-bedroom apartments to the nonprofit’s 16-acre property that already includes transitional housing and support for 75 homeless veterans… Read more »

Five Join Board of Directors

Debi Chess Mabie

Five local community leaders recently joined the Board of Directors of the Nonprofit Loan Fund of Tucson and Southern Arizona:  Greg Furrier, partner, Cushman & Wakefield|PICOR; Clyde Kunz, nonprofit consultant; David Lopez-Monroy, CPA, shareholder, BeachFleischman PC; Debi Chess Mabie, Executive Director of the Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona; and M. Roxanne Veliz, Esq., partner… Read more »

The Whole World in the Heart of Tucson

International School of Tucson

At least half of the 35+ employees of the International School of Tucson (IST) are from countries other than the U.S. and many more are well traveled.  For example, IST Business Manager Kellie Zwickl and her family enjoyed living in Germany and traveling extensively across Europe. She and her husband wanted their children to continue… Read more »