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,