A Catalyst for What’s Possible

We change the lives and strengthen communities through financing and coaching for nonprofits and small businesses throughout Arizona.

What we do

We help nonprofit leaders and small business owners (mainly in economically distressed communities) gain the operational resources and business guidance they need to improve the economic wellbeing of Arizona residents. Growth Partners Arizona is a Certified Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI).

GPAz Welcomes New Executive Director – Andre T. Whittington

Meet the Team!

The Dunbar: Revitalizing our Communities

  • You guys were able to get everything related to a loan moving quickly. It was a very fast process.

    - Dillinger Brewing Company

  • We appreciate Growth Partners being part of our amazing theatre renovation project. I felt well taken care of by the GPAz team and appreciate all the work, advice, and education they shared with me.

    - Live Theatre Workshop

  • We had just received a Small Business Success Loan from Growth Partners in early March 2020 to expand our business. By mid March, our business declined significantly due to Covid 10. Growth Partners was a great source of advice on how to handle federal EIDL and PPP loans, and offered an early payoff without penalties for the GPAz loan since we can't expand at this time."

    - Fox in a Box Tucson

  • We appreciate Growth Partner’s mission of helping small business borrowers that are not yet bank ready. As a CDFI, Growth Partners can help small businesses become bankable over time.

    - National Bank of Arizona

  • We had challenges when we applied for our first loan but they were willing to take the risk and work with us. The staff and board were responsive and made the process easy.

    - International School of Tucson

  • Funding came at a critical time, allowing us to partner with Gorman and Company, Inc. and take advantage of a low-income housing tax credit.

    - Esperanza en Escalante

  • We wanted to work with a lending organization that understands nonprofits and offers favorable interest rates and terms. They helped us bridge the gap between expenses and receipt of revenue from ticket sales, donations, and grants. We also appreciate their good financial advice.

    - True Concord

  • They are an invaluable partner, providing coaching and sharing financial expertise — as well as capital — to help us through a period of exciting growth. Two loans were for general cash flow support during the organizational turnaround and a third fronted the investment needed to successfully acquire two programs.

    - YWCA of Southern Arizona

  • The loan made it possible for us to move forward with confidence on major financial commitments. They provided bridge financing during the pledge phase of a capital campaign.

    - Tucson Botanical Gardens

  • Securing a loan meant our Tucson Meet Yourself vendors were paid quickly. We are in the business of relationships. I don’t want to tell our vendors, many of which are small businesses, to wait until after the holidays.

    - Southwest Folklife Alliance

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