"Minneapolis Telecommunications Network reaches deep in Minneapolis and helps to tell the stories that you don’t hear on mainstream media."

Allison Wagstrom, Portfolio Manager, Nonprofits Assistance Fund

"Be transparent. Know your industry inside and out. And remember the gift is their ability to partner with you—the loan is the vehicle, but the partnership, mentoring and joint strategy is what it’s all about."

Michael-jon Pease, Executive Director, Park Square Theatre

"I just think NAF is an invaluable resource to have in your back pocket. People come to nonprofits with all kinds of different skill sets. We all come with a passion for what we do, and NAF is a terrific resource for that financial component that’s so important."

Kathy Greiner, Executive Director, Rebuilding Together Twin Cities

"The loans in and of themselves got us through, but more than that, we started to gain a sense of confidence."

DeAnna Cummings, Executive Director and Co-Founder, Juxtaposition Arts

"It is a pleasure to work with NAF, who knows and understands your organization. It takes the anxiety out of dealing with finances."

Janet Ludden, President, Momentum Enterprises

PRG

"It’s pretty unlikely that PRG would have survived past 2009 without NAF’s technical assistance. Kate Barr helped me understand very quickly that if you don’t survive, your mission doesn’t really matter. In order to be able to further your mission, you need to be in a stable financial state."

Kathy Wetzel-Mastel, Executive Director at PRG

"I found that I learned some things. Sometimes you think because you have been doing this for a long time that you know most of what you need to know. But Allison gave me new ways to look at the same information which was very helpful."

Don Eitel, Managing Director at Mu Performing Arts

"The biggest aha moment was that it is not realistic to get to a zero budget. I always thought that was what you were supposed to do. I always thought, ‘Aren't we just making that up?’ And in fact, yes, we are. So for a professional to say, yeah, your intuition is right about that, opened the door for me."

Rev. Kelli Clement, Executive Director at Minnesota Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice

"It’s just been great knowing and having a long term relationship with Kate. She really understands where we have been and also now, where we are going. We have really felt that NAF has our back, and is really fighting for us and believes in us. That is very important."

Chris Fischbach, Publisher at Coffee House Press

"The whole relationship has been so great, it’s just really been nice to have that resource. A lot of nonprofits don’t have any other resources – people (banks) are often hesitant to take the risk. NAF gave me the confidence and reassurance that we were making the right choice."

Dianne Joachim, Executive Director at St. Croix Therapy

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