Unluckily, it is challenging to find a lender or other party who has financial incentive to give you some capital in our profit-motivated society. Whether you need money to maintain your existing nonprofit or you want to protect financing from getting your new nonprofit off the ground, you may have to turn over a lot of stones before you find an appropriate lender. Yet, obtaining financing as a nonprofit is not utterly impossible, as long as you know where to look.
7 Ways to urge Loans (Or Other Financing) For Your Nonprofit Organization
The primary sources of funds that drive a nonprofit organization are fundraising, donations, and member fees. If you can’t get a loan, there are several ways to finance your nonprofit organization. The proper type of funding for your organization will depend on various factors, which are stated below.
1) Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs)
2) Banks & Credit Unions
3) Crowdfunding Platforms
4) Nonprofit Grants
5) Nonprofit Loan Funds
6) Online Loans
7) Corporate Giving Programs
How To Improve Your Chances Of Getting Approved
When you are getting done with the decision to apply for financing, the next step is to find a potential lender and start with your application. If you will give time to prepare for the application process correctly, there is a much higher possibility that a lender will decide to take a chance on your nonprofit. Let us discuss a few important things to keep in mind.
Make Sure You Meet The Borrower Requirements:
Nonprofit loans are a very definite type of financing. Your organization should meet all the minimum borrower requirements for whichever loan you’re considering before you apply. You have to check your credit score to make sure you meet their minimum accepted score if you’re applying for a personal loan.
Choose The Right Type Of Financing: Moreover, to meet the minimum requirements for a loan, you also need to choose a loan that will work best for your needs. For the safe side, you should apply for a smaller loan or consider applying for grants, ramping up your fundraising efforts, etc.
Have A Strong Business Plan: A nonprofit business should have a solid business plan in place, particularly when applying for financing. The lender will see an exact procedure that how your nonprofit organization meets a need in the community and how you plan to use proceeds from a loan, all supported by thoughtful research and solid financial documentation.
Have Your Documents Ready: When you apply for a loan, you will be asked to submit certain documents. Some of them are listed below:
· Driver’s license or other government-issued ID
· Your organization’s fundraising case statement
· Proof of 501(c)(3) (nonprofit/tax-exempt) status
· Recent tax returns
· Recent bank statements
· Other financial documents, which includes income reports and cash flow projections
· Proof of collateral
Though the nonprofit’s business model is in some ways very different from that of a for-profit business, financing options as a nonprofit are slightly limited, you may have an advantage over for-profit companies when applying with organizations such as CDFIs, microlenders, and nonprofit loan funds, and also when applying for government grants.