Plateau Native Art Show!!

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Mark you calendars for the 3r Annual Plateau Native Art Show in Grand Coulee Dam Washington. A huge array of Native Artists will be in attendance.

This event grows more and more every year. This year we are expecting upwards of 20 artists. There will be food vendors and entertainment.

When: 8am-6pm, Saturday September 2nd

Where: North Dam Park, Grand Coulee Dam WA.

Contact: If you would like to show/sell your art at the show contact Cassandra at cassandraw@thenndf.org.

This event is made possible with generous support of the First People’s Fund.

CDFI Training For Financial Officers/Grant Mgt/Accountants

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Join us in Portland!

We will be hosting Finance Reporting & Grant Tracking Workshop on July 12-13 at the Red Lion Hotel on the River Jantzen Beach

Room blocks are available while spaces last. Reserve before June 9th and registration is FREE! Registration after June 9th will cost $220.00

Rooms are available in our room block before June 14th for $179.00 per night.

Join your industry comrades for this 2-day training where we will uncover the secrets of budgeting for non-profits, financial reporting, and steps to success for keeping your non-profit books in order.

If you have questions or would like to reserve your spot, email chrisc@thenndf.org

The room block rate will stay at $179 +tax until June 14th, just mention “CDFI training”.

Both the room block, and workshop will be located at the Red Lion Hotel, 909 N Hayden Island Dr, Portland, OR 97217. You can reserve your room under the room block rate HERE or by calling the hotel directly at (503)283-4466 and ask for the CDFI Training.


Reserve through the Red Lion
WEBSITE by June 14th to receive the discounted room rate and after you reserve your room be sure that Chris (chrisc@thenndf.org)  or Cassandra (cassandraw@thenndf.org) have your name down as an RSVP in order to attend the workshop for free.

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Come and join other Native CDFI accountants, grant managers and financial management professionals. In this two day workshop we will share how the NNDF has managed multiple income streams, grant cycles and company audits. How we have prepared for intermediary lenders and low interest EQ2 lenders. We share our best practices, mistakes and successes. It is a small gathering of individuals performing the same tasks for different but similar companies. Your company accountant/financial manager will also get time to share with others in the industry.

Wednesday
8:30am – 9:00am –
Intro: Best Practices Beginnings
The importance of laying a good foundation for managing a living, growing and changing non-profit company.

9:00am – 10:00am –
Genesis of the Bucket Grant Management System
Learn from industry professionals who have had to manage the finances of a Native CDFI with multiple revenue streams. These individuals have grown with the NNDF from small to large. Use the template we will provide to build your own “bucket.”

10:00am – 12:00pm –
Laying the foundation for your accounting system
It is important to lay the foundation for your accounting system. You set up your initial system properly and it will grow with your organization. Help your Executive Director with their long term planning and short term budget management. Lower the costs of your annual audits. 

12:00pm – 2:00pm –
Multi-Bucket Operations
Each grant source is different. Almost like people they have their own personalities, their own needs, timelines and requirements. How on earth do you keep them straight?!

2:00pm-4:00pm –
Quickbooks Operations with Multiple Grant Tracking System
Learn from a former CPA and auditor how to build your accounting system to match your grant tracking system. Keep your entire organization’s finances on track month after month.

As a CDFI you have: Grant revenue, interest revenue, other earned revenue.

You also have: Grant expense based on timing and tasks. Operational expenses, other expenses.

Thursday

9:00am – 11:00am – Lab Work
Exercises with the Grant Spreadsheet
Bring your own company’s information and use the templates provided to build a grant tracking document that fits your organization. Customize it. Play with it. And take it home to your Executive Director.

11:00am – 1:00pm –
Grant spreadsheets as an Operating Document
After learning how to create multiple “bucket” sheets you get to see how to incorporate those into a grand operating budget. This is a document that can be used year after year. Adapts to your growing organization and can be used throughout the year to track your organization’s progress.

1:00pm – 3:00pm –
Audit Preparations for full organization
Learn from a former auditor how to prepare your organization for your audit. Save your organization money on your audit. Ask questions about what an auditor is looking for. Share with other accountants and financial management professionals in the field.

FREE CDFI Financial Officers Workshop!

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Do you know a Native CDFI with an accountant? A grant manager? Would like join with some other Financial Officers and learn best practices?

Please join the NNDF as we will be hosting a free workshop in Portland Oregon on July 12-13 to cover such things as “buckets” and “classes” and “audit preparation.”

This event is free if you RSVP before June 9th. After June 9th there will be a $220 fee for the workshop.

NNDF, the little loan fund that could

During these increasingly changing times we would like to take a moment to remind folks of the many lives and busineShane.sses that the Northwest Native Development Fund has impacted over just a few short years.

  • NNDF has made over $90K in Employee loans since 2010.
    • Demand for this product has fluctuated, reaching a peak in 2013 of $22K and leveling out to a recent annual average of $13K. We attribute this decline in requests to the success of our financial coaching and family budgeting classes.
  • Small Business and Enterprise Loans total $2 million since 2011.
    • Requests for small business and larger enterprise loans have increased dramatically in the past two years in response to our increased presence and credibility within the Colville and Spokane tribal markets

Since our beginning  in 2009 the NNDF has financed small business projects to the event that we have helped to create over 300 jobs. Now THAT’S a big impact for a small loan fund.

buy localThe NNDF has brought funding to a region that has been terribly overlooked by traditional lending institutions. We have worked to get many people out of the payday loan cycle that has devastated so many lives.

And the NNDF has provided many many financial and business education classes and workshops to help people start new businesses, grow existing businesses, save for a home or to repair their credit.

  • Over 300 Jobs
  • Over $2 million in financing
  • $ Thousands saved out of high interest scams

The Northwest Native Development Fund… We do a lot with just a little.

Image Communications (Customer Service) Workshop

The NNDF is excited to offer another round of our popular “Image Communications” workshop. This time to those working within the Government Center of the ColvilCustomer Servicele Confederated Tribes in Nespelem Washington. This fast paced workshop is presented in a fun manner by Roxanne Best and
we teach people the importance of proper phone etiquette, body language, dressing for success and much more.

Your future business is based in large part on your image. Your image communicates who you are and how you live work and serve. Be sure that you are communicating the proper image of you
and your business. It’s Image Communications.

This workshop is free to those departments in the Lucy Covington Government Center. However we do ask you to notify our program coordinator ahead of time at cassandraw@thenndf.org or (509) 633-9940 if you would like to attend or to have members of your staff attend.

When: April 4th

Where: Lucy Covington Gov’t. Center Nespelem WA

Time: 10:00 – 3:00pm

Cost: Free to programs or departments within the government center with RSV

 

Open House COME VISIT!

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Be sure to stop by our new location and say hello! We want to see you and learn your name. See what the NNDF does, how we can help and maybe you know someone who might benefit from our services. We will be giving away a Kindle Fire as a door prize among other things. However you must 1) RSVP on our Facebook Event Page or call 633-9940 or email cassandraw@thenndf.org. 2) Then show up and bring your business card for the drawing. You do not have to be present to win but we do need you to RSVP and then show up. After all… Frivolity does have a price.

When: March 31st

Time: 11am – 7pm

Where: 504 Fir St. Coulee Dam WA

RSVP: (509) 633-9940, Please RSVP so that we know how much frivolity to order!

Now Hiring!

Administrative Assistant

Duties and Responsibilities – Grants Administrator/Human Resource

Now-Hiring-imageThe grants administrator’s responsibilities will include reporting and implementing various funding streams. The administrator will also work with
the Executive Director during the planning and writing process in order to
be aware of the uses of potential funding. In all, he/she has the
ability to perform grant program design and implementation, com
pliance and grant reporting. The successful applicant will report to the executie director and will play a leadership role while supervising th
e staff during the impleentation of grant related activities. He/she will work closely with the fund raising team in order to make the grant process work effectively and efficiently. The position requires a methodological and analytical approach to meet such requirements. They also need to provide clear communication of proper rules and regulations for approving grants, its specifications, requirements and objectives across all departments of the organization and the management.

Human Resource administrator will ensure all personnel files are up do date. Will monitor state and Federal employment rules and regulations to ensure that the organization is compliant. Will track, monitor and report employee time cards, vacation time, retirement plan.

Duties and Responsibilities of a Grants Manager

  • Managing and supporting the grants requirement and implementation for the organization
  • Identify and develop strategies to optimize the grants administration process
  • Perform relevant research to identify available grant opportunities and evaluate the results
  • Directly involve in grant writing by coordinating with grant writers or coordinators
  • Oversee if the grants are implemented according to the operational and financial needs of the organization
  • Keep the relevant staff informed about upcoming deadlines and deliverables, thereby ensuring smooth completion of work responsibilities
  • Oversee if other grant staff (coordinators, writers and administrators) is complying with their job responsibilities
  • Oversee the job of invoicing, accounting, reporting, and other administrative functions to ensure successful execution of grant process
  • Prepare financial or budget plans and allocation along with the planning and finance department in accordance with each requirement
  • Analyze the budget trends and make recommendations for cost control and reduction for various grants
  • Provide detailed reports to the funders and the board of directors with respect to the organization’s progress
  • Monitor paperwork and other related documents connected with grant-funded programs
  • Maintain records of all payments and receivables and prepare monthly records for all grant related activities

Essential Skills and Abilities

  • Excellent project management skills with experience in managing and supervising administrative projects
  • Posses supreme organizational skills
  • Strong command over written and verbal communication
  • Excellent interpersonal and presentation skills
  • Good understanding of the organization’s overall business and its objectives
  • Possess good knowledge of planning and strategizing financial and budgeting issues
  • Ability to work within a team and provide support to the Organization Staff
  • Ability to perform in cross-functional team approach and job responsibilities
  • Experience with basic financial management skills including developing and monitoring budgets and financial reporting
  • A multi-tasker with strong ability to work under under pressure
  • Ability to prioritize work, meet deadlines and produce quality results on time with attention to detail.
  • Proficient in using computers with related knowledge of software programs and Internet. Proficient in Microsoft office products is essential (Excel, Word, Outlook).

 

Educational Requirements

A bachelors degree is preferred or experience that will relate to the position advertised.  An understanding of accounting terms and financials is preferred.

 

Compensation

This is an hourly position at $15-$20 per hour DOE.

Full time employees receive a retirement package.

Health benefit stipend.


Native preference will be given.

Download application Click here —>Employment application

And send resume’ and cover letter to tedp@thenndf.org.

 

 

 

 

 

NNDF Receives Access to New $22M Loan Fund

Coulee Dam, WA – The Northwest Native Development Fund (NNDF) will soon have a major increase in its lending capacity – to support tribal community facilities projects.  In conjunction with Craft3, a nonprofit lending institution that serves Washington and Oregon, NNDF has been granted access to a $20 million Community Facilities loan fund from USDA Rural Development, and a $2 million grant from Northwest Area Foundation.

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“I’m thrilled to partner with Craft3 to help NNDF gain access to over $20 million dollars in long-term facilities financing could fill a huge hole in our community,” said Ted Piccolo, NNDF Executive Director.  “As an example, with this new type of funding, the NNDF could have funded the recently completed Coulee Medical Center project. That is the scope of project we will be actively seeking out.”

The NNDF already provides loans for business startups and equipment financing.  This new opportunity focuses on a different financial need in our area– developing community facilities.  Funds from the program, which was announced in October, can be used to purchase, construct or improve essential community facilities, purchase equipment and pay related project expenses.  Examples of essential community facilities include:

  • Healthcare facilities such as hospitals, medical clinics, dental clinics, nursing homes or assisted living facilities
  • Public facilities such as town halls, courthouses, airport hangars or street improvements
  • Community support services such as child care centers, community centers, fairgrounds or transitional housing
  • Public safety services such as fire departments, police stations, prisons, police vehicles, fire trucks, public works vehicles or equipment
  • Education services such as museums, libraries or private schools
  • Utility services such as telemedicine or distance learning equipment
  • Local food systems such as community gardens, food pantries, community kitchens, food banks, food hubs or greenhouses

(For a complete list see Code of Federal Regulations 7 CFR, Part 1942.17(d) for loans; 7 CFR, Part 3570.62 for grants.)

The NNDF will be looking for projects that fit the above criteria in and around the Colville and Spokane reservations.

“Lack of capital in tribal communities means a lack of opportunity – and that lack of opportunity has helped create generational, persistent poverty.” said Adam Zimmerman, President & CEO of Craft3. “We’re proud to be partnering with USDA Rural Development and the Northwest Area Foundation on Uplift America to make critical investments that improve quality of life, reduce poverty, improve access to capital, and create jobs.”

“These investments will lift the economic prospects of our communities and create jobs, especially in those areas that have not yet realized their potential for growth,” said Mario Villanueva, Washington State Director for USDA Rural Development. “Thanks to this financing, USDA Rural Development’s local partners will have the resources to build, create and invest in the essential community facilities and services, like public safety, health care and education.”

Community Facilities loan funding from the Uplift America program will be available at the beginning of 2017.  For more information regarding Community Facilities loan opportunities, contact Ted Piccolo at the Northwest Native Development Fund, (509) 634-2624.

NNDF AWARDED $240,000 WELLS FARGO GRANT

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NNDF one of 12 organizations nationwide selected

COULEE DAM, WA – The Northwest Native Development Fund (NNDF) has been selected as one of only 12 nationwide Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) to receive a “Wells Fargo Works for Small Business: Diverse Community Capitol” grant (DCC). CDFIs like the NNDF are private, nonprofit financial institutions that assist underserved populations. Wells Fargo & Company announced on Monday that it is providing $11.2 million to help CDFIs better serve diverse-owned small businesses – $8.17 million in lending capital and $3.075 million in grants.

The NNDF was selected for this round of the Wells Fargo DCC program from among 98 applicants and will use its portion of the DCC loan funds to solidify operations and provide loans to small business owners who may not qualify for traditional financing.  The NNDF will then utilize the grant funds to expand outreach to diverse small business owners, upgrade technology, enhance products and increase technical assistance and coaching to borrowers.

“CDFIs play an important role in helping small business owners access resources that can be critical to success,” said Mike Rizer, Wells Fargo’s head of Community Relations. “Wells Fargo recognizes the vital role that CDFIs play and we are excited to continue the Diverse Community Capital program and to know that more small businesses will start and grow as a result.”

“This has been quite a welcome surprise.” said Ted Piccolo, NNDF Executive Director.  “The NNDF is honored to be one of only a couple Native CDFI’s in the entire nation to receive this award and we look forward to plowing these resources back into helping Indian Country.”

Funding from the Wells Fargo DCC grant will allow the NNDF to address a number of current challenges:

  • Provide a loan loss reserve fund so the NNDF can increase lending.
  • Allow the NNDF to employ a small business coach and also fund more hours for a loan officer.
  • Provide a funds match for the NNDF’s IDA clients – people saving for a first time home or small business. (IDA = Matched savings program. You save $1 we match it with $8.)
  • Inject $70,000 into the NNDF direct lending capital – providing more financing directly into the local community.

The DCC grant program will help the NNDF address challenges that diverse and remote Native owned businesses face when starting or growing their own businesses. This is a unique program that is a collaboration between Wells Fargo and Opportunity Finance Network, a national network of CDFIs. Opportunity Finance Network will be offering a “social capital” component of this program that will focus on helping the NNDF grow stronger through activities like in-person networking, mentorship, consulting and peer learning.

ABOUT THE NNDF

The Northwest Native Development Fund seeks to foster economic and financial independence for Native people by assisting in the development of personal assets through financial and entrepreneurial education as well as providing access to capital through creative lending products. NNDF will promote this mission by increasing home ownership and economic opportunities.

Northwest Native Development Fund Provides Funding For Local Business

Coulee Dam, WA – The Northwest Native Development Fund (NNDF) makes another small business loan in Indian country. Brian Nissen, Chairman of the Boar of the Colville Security company, recently led the company to provide security services for Chief Joseph Dam. Colville Security is an 8a certified company that is now employing over 28 people on (and around) the Colville Indian Reservation.1872

Due to a natural delay in billing cycles, the fledgling company needed funds to purchase some necessary equipment at the front end of the new deal. That led them to the Northwest Native Development Fund and the relationship is a natural fit. The NNDF was able to provide the working capital funding needed to bridge the billing gap.

“This is a case where the NNDF has shown a natural fit as a financing entity. The business gets the job, hires the people, purchases the equipment and NNDF provides the ‘first in’ financing where no one else could do it.” said Ted Piccolo, executive director of NNDF (pictured with Brian Nissen).

The NNDF looks forward to serving the Native owned security company on further cashflow needs as they continue to grow and add more jobs to the Colville Indian Reservation and surrounding communities.
About The Northwest Native Development Fund

The Northwest Native Development Fund seeks to foster economic and financial independence for Native people by assisting in the development of personal assets through financial and entrepreneurial education as well as providing access to capital through creative lending products. NNDF will promote this mission by increasing home ownership and economic opportunities.

For more information on the NNDF, go to www.thenndf.org.

The NNDF

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