"The people there are a delight to work with. They're responsive, personable, extremely knowledgeable about their subject, and they understand where you're coming from because of their own experiences."

Bob Peskin, Executive Director, Minnesota Chorale

"We were thrilled to help Third Street Clinic open its pharmacy where there was a need in the community. This social enterprise initiative generates revenue to expand TSC's health services."

Phil Hatlie, Senior Loan Officer, Nonprofits Assistance Fund

"There were times when we couldn't even make payroll... One Friday afternoon, we had something like $500 left and I said, ‘What am I gonna do?’ Janet told me, ‘You have $500, you're gonna have to make that last!’ And that’s just the kind of relationship we have."

Liz Reed, Chief Operating Officer, Turning Point

"I’ve enjoyed working with Brenda Bailey and Wendy Hines at Greater Friendship Missionary Baptist Church. They were helpful in getting the information that I needed and I am glad that we were able to provide the financings for their leasehold improvements."

Lu Hang, Loan Officer/Financial Specialist, Nonprofits Assistance Fund

"Many of the people at NAF weren’t always finance people—they're people who came from nonprofits. Whether it's arts, education, health, etc., you get the sense that they've been in the trenches. They want you to succeed, they want you to meet your mission. They're just wonderful."

Dr. Diane Halpin, Executive Director, Lionsgate Academy

"TCR does such good work in the community. Over 4,000 students have been trained by TCR. On average, their beginning salaries went from $5,000 annually to around $27,000 annually. For the majority of TCR’s students, success is long term."

Phil Hatlie, Senior Loan Officer, Nonprofits Assistance Fund

"NAF can help you prevent crises for your organization—not just help you through them. I think more people need to understand that! My advice to any organization would be—don't wait. Be proactive and reach out to NAF."

Theresa Gardella, Director of Strategic Development, Nexus Community Partners

"This is a small South Minneapolis high school serving primarily Latino students who have not always done well in traditional schools. In 2014, 10 seniors were targeted for graduation at the beginning of the school year. All 10 graduated and were accepted to 4 year colleges."

Phil Hatlie, Senior Loan Officer, Nonprofits Assistance Fund

"I would encourage [nonprofit leaders] to create a relationship with NAF—regardless of whether they're currently looking at financial issues or not. They push you to think more holistically and long-term about the sustainability of the organization."

Joann Usher, Executive Director, Rainbow Health Initiative

"Open Arms provides meals to people living with HIV/AIDS, MS, ALS, breast cancer and more than 60 other diseases. Of the 8,000 to 10,000 meals they deliver each week, 2,000 of those meals are to people who might otherwise not get a meal that day because of economics or mobility."

Phil Hatlie, Senior Loan Officer, Nonprofits Assistance Fund

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