About Us

Propel Nonprofits is an intermediary organization and federally certified community development financial institution (CDFI). We provide capacity-building services and access to capital to support nonprofits in achieving their missions including the ability to link strategy, governance, and finance and to support nonprofits throughout their organizational lifecycle. Propel Nonprofits was created from the 2017 merger of Nonprofits Assistance Fund and MAP for Nonprofits.

Our Vision

A diverse network of mission-driven nonprofits building a healthy, vibrant, and more just community

Our Mission

Fueling the impact and effectiveness of nonprofits with guidance, expertise, and capital

Guiding Principles

Part of our Theory of Change is that when nonprofits are well-led, well-resourced, and well-connected they achieve mission success. As we work toward our mission of fueling the impact and effectiveness of nonprofits with guidance, expertise, and capital, we use these principles as a strategy screen, as accountability markers, and as a handshake, whether you’re new through our door or an old Propel friend.

  • Champion nonprofits
  • Be a mutual and trusted partner
  • Advance justice
  • Stay curious
  • Have fun

Our Strategic Framework

The downloadable document presents a strategic framework for Propel Nonprofits, weaving together mission, vision, values, strategic priorities, and organizational culture work completed during 2020 by the Board of Directors and Propel staff.

As noted in the document, the framework is designed to be adaptive and responsive. As a staff and board, we chose to develop a truly high-level Strategic Framework as a guiding document for the next several years.


Our Impact

These numbers reflect work completed in Propel’s FY22. For more information about our impact, visit our Reports page to read the most recent Quarterly Investors Reports and our FY22 Impact Report.


Lent to nonprofits


Training Participants


Hours of Free Technical Assistance


Financial Leadership Cohort Participants


Consulting Projects


Fiscally Sponsored Projects


Granted to Nonprofits


Accounting & Finance Projects