Want a nonprofit with flexibility, resilience, and durability? If only …

The #1 issue for almost half of the nonprofits included in a national survey is "achieving long-term financial sustainability." The most common responses for what they need to achieve long-term financial sustainability, are: “more revenue”, “more grants”, or “more general operating support.” If only we had more income ... If only.

New Offering: New Possibilities

Every nonprofit leader knows that none of us can achieve our mission and vision alone. Here at Nonprofits Assistance Fund we're able to work closely with other organizations in ways that multiplies our impact.

Can I have some more slack, please?

Kate Barr writes about the payoffs of building organizational cushion, both in staff time and financial reserves.

A new kind of diversified investment portfolio

The Mission Investors Exchange annual conference will be held in Minneapolis this week, and in this blog post, Kate Barr reflects on the returns of a diversified investment portfolio.

Nonprofits need access to capital

Curt Klotz addresses the need for nonprofits to have capital and how Nonprofits Assistance Fund, and many other CDFIs around the country, fill those needs.

Mission-oriented workplace in action

As Ellen Jefferys-White prepares to start on a new adventure, she reflects on her time at Nonprofits Assistance Fund and what her work has meant to her.

When losing business is the goal

In this post, Kate Barr tackles these tough questions: Why would an enterprise be happy when their customers stopped using their services? Isn't the goal of business to increase customers, services, and revenue? Would you celebrate if your organization’s revenue declined?

Can operating reserves be fun and games?

Building sufficient operating reserves does not happen overnight and can often feel like a daunting task. Steve Boland suggests nonprofits find ways to make this financial goal more enjoyable by implementing gamification tactics.

I will gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today

Steve Boland encourages nonprofits to define and determine the values of resources, opportunities and trade-offs in their financial planning.

Breaking down the biggest barrier to nonprofit financial health

Capital isn't only for for-profit companies anymore. Kate Barr breaks down that barrier, and discusses why nonprofits need to think beyond breakeven and redefine capitalization as an opportunity.