“... relationships, not money, are our currency, and revolutionizing access – in all its guises – is our vision.”

Jack Reuler, Artistic Director, Mixed Blood Theatre

“NAF is proud to partner with Northeast College Prep as it provides students with the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in today’s diverse society.”

Phil Hatlie, Senior Loan Officer, Nonprofits Assistance Fund

Is Now the Right Time to Dive into Social Enterprise?

The next time you are contemplating ways to generate additional revenue for your nonprofit, maybe while savoring a cup of CityKid Java, eating a delicious cookie from Cookie Cart, snuggling up in a warm sweater from Industries, Inc., or carrying your recycling out to the curb for pick-up by Eureka Recycling, just look around – all of those organizations just mentioned are social enterprises. Maybe the right way to generate additional revenue for your nonprofit is right in front of you – all you need to do is dive in!

“NAF is proud to support People’s Center as it provides affordable, high-quality healthcare in the Cedar-Riverside community.”

Allison Wagstrom, Portfolio Manager, Nonprofits Assistance Fund

"We look at our relationship with NAF as a partnership that helped empower us to fulfill our mission."

Alex Danovitch, Director of Special Projects, Eureka

Ten Financial Fundamentals for Smart Program Officers

One of the (many) benefits of working at Nonprofits Assistance Fund is the frequent invitation to talk with groups of foundation program officers about the finances of nonprofits. While no two foundations, or program officers, have exactly the same mission, goals, or grantmaking approaches, there are some common questions and themes. How can I tell if a nonprofit is financially healthy? What are the red flags to watch for? What are the best practices and rules of thumb that we should follow?

“What I enjoy most about working with NAF is they respond quickly knowing what our organization is all about. They are nimble….”

Phil Jenni, Executive Director, Wildlife Rehabilitation Center

Becoming a High-Performance Nonprofit

High performance.

Previously when I heard those words, the first things that came to my mind were high-performing vehicles like race cars – high-performing technology such as powerful medical scanners – or high-performance athletes like Olympic gold medalists.

“We are honored to support WCC as it expands its facility to provide vital mental health counseling to individuals, couples, and families.”

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

Free to Be You and Me: A Financial Story

You do not need to be me, your accountant, your former boss or your treasurer.  You get to be you.

Stumped (and freaking out)

I was working on a project that had me stumped.  There were multiple ways that I could go with the financial analysis and recommendations, and I was overwhelmed with the options facing me.  Working at Nonprofits Assistance Fund is like being on the dream island for nonprofit financial problem solvers, and so I asked my colleagues. 

I got three separate answers from three very different financial leaders. 

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