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The Spectrum of Nonprofit Financing Options: A Six-Part Webinar Series

Nonprofit Finance Fund

Tuesday, September 22, 2015 at 12:00 PM - Tuesday, October 27, 2015 at 1:00 PM (PDT)

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The Spectrum of Nonprofit Financing Options

The series explores the reality of the nonprofit operating environment and how this system impacts common business choices. Amid today’s rapidly changing economic environment, participants will come away from these webinars better prepared to plan for the future and manage using data.

We think this knowledge is indispensable for any professional working in the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors.

Registration includes an invitation to join the live broadcast for each webinar, as well as a recorded version that participants can view at their convenience and downloadable PPT slides. Recordings and PPT slides will be disseminated shortly after each webinar. The webinars described below are offered as a sequence and are effective when taken as a course or purchased as single presentations, depending on an individual participant’s needs. 

Webinar 1: Introduction to Debt and Financing for Nonprofits

September 22, 2015 at 3:00 PM Eastern/12:00 PM Pacific

Many nonprofits successfully use debt as a strategic tool to:

  • Purchase, build or renovate a facility, or make leasehold improvements
  • Purchase or upgrade equipment required for operations
  • Manage timing of receivables from government grants or capital campaigns
  • Expand programs or grow an earned income or social venture
  • Temporarily smooth cash flow to meet day-to-day operating needs

This introductory webinar is designed as resource for organizations that are new to the lending process and would like to learn more. In 60 minutes, NFF will review the typical types of loans available to nonprofits, what lenders look for from potential borrowers, and what to expect from a lender.


Webinar 2: The How and Why of PRIs: A Guide to Program and Mission Related Investments

September 29, 2015 at 3:00 PM Eastern/12:00 PM Pacific

Funders are increasingly considering modified, low-interest lending programs such as Program-Related Investments (PRIs) and Mission-Related Investments (MRIs) to supplement their traditional grantmaking practices. But when do PRIs or MRIs make sense as a financing tool for nonprofits? NFF will provide an overview of these two unique types of financing—including when, how and where these investments can be used by nonprofits for maximum mission returns. This 60-minute webinar provides answers to nonprofits’ most common questions about this unique type of program financing. 


Webinar 3: Philanthropic Equity: Bringing Programs to Scale

October 6, 2015 at 3:00 PM Eastern/12:00 PM Pacific

In the for-profit sector, a company periodically requires an injection of equity capital to fuel its growth and pay for the deficits incurred in route to sustainability—the point at which revenue reliably covers operating expenses. While the equity concepts of “ownership” and “return” do not exist for nonprofits (which don't have owners), mission-focused organizations nonetheless share the periodic need for investment and funders to fill that role. The sector is beginning to change in the way nonprofits and donors think about growth and fundraising, and how donated funds can helpfully fill the resource gap. Through this 60-minute webinar, NFF will unpack the concept of “philanthropic equity.” Facilitators will also distinguish between the roles of builders (those who invest in creating high-performing nonprofit enterprises) and buyers (those who invest directly in program execution) and offer tools to help each be more effective.


Webinar 4: Understanding New Markets Tax Credits

October 13, 2015 at 3:00 PM Eastern/12:00 PM Pacific

The NMTC program, administered by the CDFI Fund of the US Treasury Department, uses tax credits to attract private investment to low-income communities. By allocating these tax credits on behalf of the government, qualified intermediaries can make flexible financing available to nonprofit borrowers in these communities. While the structuring can be complex, NMTC deals have helped finance health centers, theatres, charter schools, and food banks in communities where they are needed. Join NFF for a 60-minute webinar that explains the requirements for successful participation in a NMTC transaction.

Webinar 5: The Emergence of Pay for Success Funding

October 20, 2015 at 3:00 PM Eastern/12:00 PM Pacific

At a time when everyone is being asked to do more with less, innovators around the world are seeking cost-effective solutions that can deliver better social outcomes for their communities. Pay for Success (PFS) is one such strategy: across the country, investments are increasingly being made in interventions that can demonstrate success in delivering social and economic outcomes for individuals, families, and communities most in need. NFF has emerged as a critical voice in this space: moderating the hub, facilitating readiness incubators, and preparing organizations for the transactional process.  In this 60-minute session, we’ll offer a brief history of PFS, and proceed to learn about the ways in which Pay For Success Financing works to connect performance outcomes to financial return, steps that organizations can take to prepare themselves to engage with PFS funding models, and a survey of the current PFS field.

Webinar 6: Impact Investing: From Conventional to Cutting Edge

October 27, 2015 at 3:00 PM Eastern/12:00 PM Pacific 

As the buzz around Impact Investing continues to grow, more investors are seeking ways to generate social and environmental impact alongside financial returns. Join NFF for an introduction to the topic, presented by Antony Bugg-Levine, CEO of NFF and co-author of Impact Investing: Transforming How We Make Money While Making a Difference. This 60-minute session is designed for those who are new to social investments and will explore common questions that surround the burgeoning field, such as: Where is the field now and where is it going? What are examples of impact investments in action? What kind of organizations are good candidates for an impact investment?



I'll miss one of the webinars, will I receive a recording? 

Yes! All webinar purchases include the live broadcast, as well as a recording and downloadable PowerPoint slides that you can view at your convenience---we send these to all registrants, regardless of whether or not they attend. The recordings and PowerPoint slides will be sent to the registered email address shortly after each live session. 

How do I receive credit if I am taking this webinar series for CEUs? 

ASU Lodestar Center is offering 0.6 CEUs for those who purchase the entire webinar series. When you complete your purchase, select "ASU Lodestar" from the dropdown menu when prompted to indicate your referral source; select "yes" when asked if you are taking the series for CEUs. After the series is complete, ASU Lodestar Center will mail a certificate to the address you provide. 

What is the refund policy?

NFF will accept refund requests up to 1 full business day before the start of the webinar.

Can I purchase the discount package after the webinar series has started?

Yes! We will continue to offer a discounted series package throughout the webinar series.

If I join the series mid-point, can I purchase recordings of the first few webinars?

Yes! Recordings of each webinar are available for purchase and include a link to the online recording as well as a PDF of the PowerPoint presentation. For more information about this option, please contact NFF directly using the link provided below.

Can I share my series package registration with other people? 

While you are certainly welcome to have someone join you at your computer station to watch the webinar, it unfortunately is not possible to share registration with other people. Each Eventbrite registrant will be provided with a unique link to join the webinar, and that link cannot be shared. Thanks for checking!

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Tuesday, September 22, 2015 at 12:00 PM - Tuesday, October 27, 2015 at 1:00 PM (PDT)

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Nonprofit Finance Fund

Nonprofit Finance Fund® (NFF®) unlocks the potential of mission-driven organizations through tailored investments, strategic advice and accessible insights. Founded in 1980, NFF helps organizations connect money to mission effectively, and supports innovations such as growth capital campaigns, cross-sector technical assistance initiatives and impact investing.

A leading community development financial institution (CDFI) with over $300 million in assets under management, NFF has provided over $575 million in loans and access to additional capital in support of over $1.5 billion in projects for thousands of organizations nationwide.

NFF is headquartered in New York City and serves clients from offices across the country.

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