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  • Heather PresleyCowen

Empowered Finance: How Nonprofits Can Forge Profitability and Innovation in Housing


In the heart of community development and service, nonprofit organizations are breaking through traditional boundaries by embracing a model of empowered finance. This innovative approach blends mission-driven work with sustainable business practices, proving that profitability and social impact can go hand in hand.


Profitability with Purpose: Examples from the Field

Consider Goodwill Industries, an organization that has turned the simple act of selling donated goods into a powerful engine for employment training programs. Or the Girl Scouts of the USA, whose cookie sales do more than just satisfy a sweet tooth—they build entrepreneurial skills among young women and support a range of empowerment programs.


The YMCA has demonstrated that membership fees and program services can sustain an organization while promoting health, well-being, and education. Housing Works in New York fights AIDS and homelessness by running thrift shops and a bookstore café, transforming second-hand goods into first-rate community services.


And then there's Kiva, a nonprofit that harnesses the power of microloans through a crowdfunding platform. Kiva's model extends financial opportunities to underserved populations worldwide and sustains its operations through the repayment of these loans.


Nonprofit Housing Organizations: A Call to Profitable Action

In the housing sector, nonprofits have an exceptional opportunity to follow suit. By building their own internal capacity to be profitable, they can create a self-reliant, sustainable model that not only addresses the immediate need for workforce housing but also ensures long-term organizational resilience.


Empowered by Examples: How Your Nonprofit Can Join the Ranks

By examining the success stories of Goodwill, the Girl Scouts, the YMCA, Housing Works, and Kiva, nonprofits can glean valuable insights into creating revenue streams that support your mission. From developing social enterprises to adopting innovative financing models, the possibilities are as diverse as the communities we serve.


Join the Movement Toward Sustainable, Impactful Housing Solutions

As community leaders and nonprofit champions, it's time to envision a future where our organizations are not just service providers but also self-sustaining enterprises. Let's come together to learn, innovate, and pave the way for a world where every nonprofit not only meets its mission but exceeds it through empowered finance.


Inspired by these examples and ready to transform your nonprofit into a financially empowered organization? Join our upcoming FREE master class to learn how the H.O.M.E. Method can become the cornerstone of your sustainable housing strategy. Together, we can build a future where community service and financial sustainability go hand in hand.


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