NPLF Borrower: 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 »


NPLF Borrower: 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 »


NPLF Borrower: 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 NPLF 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 »


NPLF Borrower: 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 »


NPLF Borrower: Going Back to the Future with a 99-year-old Startup

YWCA Southern Arizona

Still vibrant as it goes into its 100th year in 2017, the YWCA of Southern Arizona is as entrepreneurial today as it was nearly a century ago when it was the first organization to provide full-day daycare and housing for women going to work and school. Today, with supportive financing from the Nonprofit Loan Fund of Tucson and… Read more »


BizTucson Features NPLF in Summer 2016 Edition

BizTucson Features NPLF

“There are several reasons investors value NPLF,” said Maura Grogan, NPLF executive director. “One is philanthropic. Unlike a straight donation, investors get their money back after a period of time and can redeploy it either back with NPLF or for other purposes. They also earn a modest return that exceeds what those funds would get if… Read more »


NPLF Investor: Putting their Money Where their Houses are

Habitat for Humanity Tucson

Providing loans as a “hand up” is core to Habitat for Humanity Tucson‘s business model, and one of the reasons Habitat Tucson is an investor in the Nonprofit Loan Fund of Tucson and Southern Arizona (NPLF). “The inability to obtain a traditional loan is the biggest problem for our home buyers, so Habitat Tucson makes the loans… Read more »


NPLF Borrower: True Concord Voices & Orchestra Wins Grammy

True Concord Voices & Orchestra

Board and staff of the Nonprofit Loan Fund were delighted when our borrower True Concord Voices & Orchestra won a GRAMMY last month for a composition by Stephen Paulus performed on its first internationally released album “Far in the Heavens.”  It was a fitting honor for this Tucson-based nonprofit with a global reputation. “We were thrilled to get a GRAMMY win… Read more »


NPLF Borrower: New Visitor’s Center and Exhibits

Tucson Botanical Gardens

In September 2015, Tucson Botanical Gardens (TBG) celebrated the grand opening of its new Visitors Center and exhibit Nature Connects – Art with LEGO Bricks thanks, in part, to funding from the Nonprofit Loan Fund. Nature Connects – Art with LEGO Bricks featured 13 larger than life nature sculptures, including a giant hummingbird, that were made with as many as 65,000 individual LEGOs. The new Visitors Center and major exhibits… Read more »