Our empathetic experts tackle complex financial challenges to help decision-makers enhance community results.
We are the CEOs and frontline workers. When NFF showed us how much we saved by not jumping into a brick and mortar, and showed us how much we saved by not bringing in employees quickly, we saw we should keep it simple for now to focus on impacting the community.
We received intensive training from NFF that was earth-shifting for us. It moved us from 1-year to 3-year financial planning, and changed how we look at things – from hopeful to certain. You can have different conversations when you can be honest and thoughtful about your cash flow.
NFF led a session for our board retreat that blew away both staff and board. And the best thing – at the end of the day we achieved exactly what we had hoped! That afternoon the board decided to free up invested funds to provide adequate operating resources and a stronger cash flow for the organization. They also unanimously agreed to invest heavily in development and marketing / communications in order to ensure long-term sustainability, as well as to invest in the health and well-being of our staff and in our infrastructure. We were all thrilled when our board unanimously agreed to invest in the long-term success of the organization rather than try to penny-pinch our way forward. Bringing in NFF was one of the best investments our funders have made.
We listen deeply, ask a lot of questions, and zoom in on the key issues
We work closely with you to gather and analyze data in context, and map out practical, do-able steps toward your vision.
We work well together
Like you, we run a nonprofit business that has to thrive and adapt. Our people are well grounded in nonprofit management and finance, with a range of experience from service provision to government to philanthropy to investment banking.
The solutions we craft are customized for you and the communities you serve
We help you identify, weigh, and prioritize options, and give team leaders and team members the capabilities and confidence to move forward.
to help your teams build data-driven, decision-making capacity in nonprofit financial management and planning, full cost budgeting, cash flow management, adapting and scaling programs and organizations, and more.
to individually guide new and seasoned nonprofit leaders through moments of transition, growth, and/or crisis, providing the analytical support critical to decision-making.
Cohorts of nonprofits
organized by issue, sector, or place to explore common challenges and opportunities and learn with and from each other.
Bold initiatives that convene
service-providers, philanthropists, financial institutions, government, researchers, and others to brainstorm and operationalize breakthrough ideas like Pay for Success, full cost, and outcomes-oriented funding.
The capacity-building assistance we have received has been extraordinarily consistent, available, and productive in helping to shape our thinking, strategies, business plan, budget development, and grant-seeking activities.
I am definitely better equipped to lead viable discussions about the financial health and future direction of the organization. I interact on a regular basis with funders, donors and foundations, and NFF’s training has really inspired me to feel more confident in my abilities to lead financial conversations. In the short time since attending NFF’s workshop, we are re-modeling our financial communications to staff, the Board of Directors, and donors. This is significant!
Like many arts administrators, I was trained in the arts, not administration. Professional development opportunities like those at NFF are essential to informing a fiscally responsible, healthy organization.
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