GPAz Welcomes New Executive Director – Andre T. Whittington

November 9, 2022

Growth Partners Arizona is excited to announce that Andre T. Whittington will be serving as Executive Director! Andre will work with stakeholders and clients from across the state. He is


Meet the Team!

April 12, 2022

  Alexa, Kiva Capital Access Manager and Business Advisory, is your go-to Kiva loan expert! Kiva, a 0% interest crowdfunding loan, is a great option for small businesses and nonprofits


The Dunbar: Revitalizing our Communities

August 25, 2021

2020 brought the world unprecedented challenges. Among them – losing our communities as we remained home isolated from friends, family and neighbors. As we resume activities, The Dunbar Pavilion, a


Roberto Valdez-Beltran joins Growth Partners Arizona as Loan Program Manager

May 3, 2021

“This is an important position,” says GPAz Executive Director Lesli Pintor. “Roberto Valdez-Beltran will help increase awareness of our small business and nonprofit loan programs, building relationships with business owners


Affordable and flexible small business loans

February 26, 2021

Does your small business need financing but you’re not quite ready for a bank loan? Perhaps a nonprofit community lender like Growth Partners Arizona can help. Our affordable and flexible


Growth Partners Arizona loans benefit Dillinger Brewing Company

February 16, 2021

Eric Sipe and his business partner (and college friend) Aaron Long will open a second speakeasy-esque taproom on 4th Avenue in Tucson in 2021 with help from two Growth Partners Arizona


We’re hiring a Loan Program Manager!

January 19, 2021

Growth Partners Arizona is hiring a Loan Program Manager who will report to the Executive Director. The Loan Program Manager is responsible for building community relationships and sourcing new loans


Small Business Loan supports Block Azteca

January 15, 2021

Block Azteca owner Felipe Noperi is one of Growth Partners Arizona’s newest borrowers. The Small Business Success Loan is helping him grow his paver business, which he started in 2018


Frank Crump joins GPAz Board of Directors

November 13, 2020

Frank Crump is the newest member of the Growth Partners Arizona Board of Directors. He has 40+ years of senior level corporate, entrepreneurial and international experience. Most recently, he is


Kiva Tucson Gift Guide 2020

November 25, 2020

The new Kiva Tucson Gift Guide is out! Kiva Tucson invites you to support local businesses during this holiday season. Check out our gift guide to find fresh ideas for


Kiva Tucson: Food Truck offers the tastes of Puebla, Mexico

November 12, 2020

A distinctive mole sauce is one of the many delicious items on Analy and Leobardo Guzman’s food truck menu. Her mom Maria Antonieta makes it regularly in Puebla, Mexico, and


Kiva Tucson: Berry Best Phlebotomy Training Academy

October 5, 2020

Kelly Ellsberry started Mobile Medical Services 3.5 years ago and is now opening a second business with a loan from Kiva Tucson, the Berry Best Phlebotomy Training Academy. She has


Small Business Loan supports Tacos Apson

August 4, 2020

Yazmin & Francisco Aldecoa-Durazo are opening a 2nd Tacos Apson August 2020 in northwest Tucson. They’ve been in business for 20 years at their 1st location near I-10 and 12th


More than a Loan: Consulting & Coaching

June 18, 2020

Consulting and coaching that helps small businesses and nonprofits ensure sustainability and, at some point if needed, qualify for traditional bank loans, is a key part of the mission of


Evelyn Casuga Elected Chair of GPAz Board of Directors

June 1, 2020

Certified Economic Developer Evelyn Casuga was elected Chair of the Growth Partners Arizona (GPAz) Board of Directors. Business Development Finance Corporation President Gary Molenda will continue as Vice Chair and


Carie Davis is Kiva Tucson’s Capital Access Manager

April 16, 2020

No-interest, no-fee, community-backed business loans from $1,000 to $15,000 are crowdfunded on Kiva’s world-wide online platform with support from local Arizona Capital Access Manager Carie Davis. Kiva is an international


Growth Partners Arizona expands access to loans for small businesses and nonprofits

March 18, 2020

Growth Partners Arizona has added two loan options for small businesses in Arizona—Kiva Tucson crowdfunded loans and the Small Business Success Loan. Because of the unfolding economic challenges, these two


National Bank of Arizona Makes CDFI Investment

March 6, 2020

National Bank of Arizona (NBAZ) generously signed an agreement for $100,000, 10-year Equity Equivalent (EQ2) CDFI investment in Growth Partners Arizona (GPAz) . EQ2 investments allow Community Development Financial Institutions


Judie Scalise Joins Growth Partners Arizona Board of Directors

March 6, 2020

As Founder and Principal of ESI Corporation, Judie Scalise specializes in economic development and pre-development planning services for government agencies, corporations, private developers, and utility companies. Prior to forming ESI


Cash Flow Loan Helps Theatre Renovate New Campus

February 16, 2020

Congratulations to Live Theatre Workshop! After renting for more than two decades in the same location, renovations of a new campus are underway and the Tucson-based nonprofit arts organization will


“With a clear path for re-payment, taking out a loan made the most sense for the market.”

October 9, 2019

Who doesn’t love more shade in Tucson? A loan from Growth Partners Arizona means the nonprofit Heirloom Farmers Markets (HFM) can quickly add 25% more shade at their Rillito River Park


Every business decision is a financial decision.

September 9, 2019

Think way ahead, be strategic about managing cash flow, and understand the power of properly structured debt as a financial tool to achieve nonprofit and for-profit business goals.   When


Bridge Loan Meet Needs of Nonprofit

September 6, 2019

Funding from a major university was slower than anticipated, but soon will be available to Kore Press Institute. Growth Partners Arizona provided a bridge loan to help Kore with cash


Debt financing can be a way to achieve financial stability and sustainability.

August 16, 2019

Many nonprofit leaders and boards are uncomfortable with the thought of borrowing money, but properly structured and utilized debt can be a tool to achieving an organization’s strategic goals. A


Homeless Veterans will have more options

June 19, 2019

50,000 veterans are homeless every night, according to Esperanza En Escalante. The nonprofit is doing something about that by providing transitional and permanent housing for homeless veterans and their families.


New Name, New Director, Expanded Mission

May 10, 2019

The six-year-old Nonprofit Loan Fund of Tucson and Southern Arizona (NPLF) is now Growth Partners Arizona (GPAz). The organization is expanding its service area statewide and planning to add lending to businesses in distressed communities, in addition to retaining its core focus on nonprofit lending.


Indigenous Human Rights Organization Moves HQ to Tucson

October 15, 2018

The International Indian Treaty Council (IITC) owns its own office building for the first time in the organization’s 44-year history thanks to generous donors and an NPLF loan. The new Tucson headquarters is on Ajo Way, across from the VA Hospital complex.


They Had Done Their Homework

August 31, 2018

Board approval, check. Engineering plans, check. Capital Campaign, check. Loan arranged, check…until, through no fault of Open Doors Community School, the loan fell through. At the suggestion of a school


Search for New Executive Director

August 6, 2018

This is an opportunity for an entrepreneurial professional to develop the Nonprofit Loan Fund of Tucson and Southern Arizona—a small but growing Certified Development Financial Institution (CDFI)—into an economic development powerhouse.


It was a Calculated Risk

May 16, 2018

Arizona Theatre Company Managing Director Billy Russo wanted the 50th anniversary to invigorate and draw the community to the theatre.


Get Your Fix Off Route 86

February 19, 2018

Take Route 86 west from Tucson for 124 miles and you’ll come to a fork in the road. Turn left for Rocky Point, Mexico. Turn right for Ajo, Arizona.


Doing Well by Doing Good

December 28, 2017

Many people with disabilities are unemployed, and many of them want to work. In the past year, Beacon Group provided 1,600 people with the support they needed to successfully join the labor force.


CFSA Invests for Impact

October 4, 2017

When making a difference in a new way is important to you, knock on the door of a community foundation. That’s what Helaine Levy did when she wanted nonprofits in Southern Arizona to have access to loan capital that would increase their impact in our community.


Loan Fund Director, 3 Borrowers to Present at AFP Oct. 13

September 27, 2017

Financially Robust Nonprofits: How Successful Organizations are Diversifying Resources. In today’s market, nonprofit organizations are looking for ways to diversify revenue, understanding the connection between unearned (donated) and earned revenue.


Fast Action Leads to Creative Gift

August 24, 2017

Curtis Thornhill, a philanthropist from Utah with roots in Tucson, was making a significant contribution to the Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation, giving half in cash upfront but deferring the balance until a later date.


Coveted CDFI Certification Received

August 14, 2017

The U.S. Department of the Treasury recently recognized the Nonprofit Loan Fund of Tucson and Southern Arizona (NPLF), a Supporting Organization of the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona (CFSA), as


Learning & Growing in the Heart of Downtown

July 21, 2017

When you take a walk in downtown Tucson with Carrie Brennan, you’re likely to stop often and talk to people she either knows or is interested in meeting: students, parents, teachers,


Nearly 12,000 Pounds of Organic Popcorn and Growing

June 20, 2017

Hundreds of thousands of Tucsonans of all ages traveled around the world via films from 62 countries shown at The Loft Cinema last year. They consumed 11,600 pounds of organic popcorn too.


Maura Grogan interviewed for new podcast

May 9, 2017

Our thanks to Smith & Dale, LLC partners Deborah Dale and Angie Smith for their interview with NPLF Director Maura Grogan.


A Safe, Affordable Home of Her Own

April 18, 2017

Nobody plans on becoming a single mother of two young children and having to move back in with her parents. But when it happened to Melanie, a college graduate and teacher, she assumed she could quickly buy a home of her own.


Tucson, Meet Southwest Folklife Alliance

March 10, 2017

For nearly 45 years, Tucsonans have gathered to indulge—and sometimes overindulge—in the cultural foods that recently put our city at the forefront of a global culinary experience.


A Graceful Exit

December 22, 2016

Sometimes, despite a lot of hard work and the best of intentions, nonprofit organizations are forced to close their doors. This happened recently to one NPLF borrower,


Houses & Hope for Homeless Veterans

October 31, 2016

Tucked into a quiet neighborhood east of Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, dozens of homeless veterans are about to finally feel at home.


Five Join Board of Directors

October 24, 2016

Five local community leaders recently joined the of the Nonprofit Loan Fund of Tucson and Southern Arizona:


The Whole World in the Heart of Tucson

September 15, 2016

At least half of the 35+ employees of the International School of Tucson (IST) are from countries other than the U.S. and many more are well traveled.


Back to the Future with 99-year-old Startup

July 5, 2016

Still vibrant as it goes into its 100th year in 2017, the YWCA of Southern Arizona is as entrepreneurial today as it was nearly a century ago when it was the first


BizTucson Features Loan Fund

June 7, 2016

There are several reasons investors value NPLF,” said Maura Grogan, NPLF executive director.


Putting Their Money Where Their Houses Are

April 18, 2016

Providing loans as a “hand up” is core to Habitat for Humanity Tucson‘s business model, and one of the reasons Habitat Tucson is an investor in the Nonprofit Loan Fund of Tucson and Southern Arizona (NPLF).


True Concord Voices & Orchestra Wins Grammy

March 9, 2016

Board and staff of the Nonprofit Loan Fund were delighted when our borrower True Concord Voices & Orchestra won a GRAMMY last month for a composition by Stephen Paulus performed on its first internationally released album “Far in the Heavens.”


Tucson Botanical Gardens: New Visitors’ Center & Exhibits

October 8, 2015

In September 2015, Tucson Botanical Gardens (TBG) celebrated the grand opening of its new Visitors Center and exhibit Nature Connects Art with LEGO Bricks thanks, in part,