NFF Grows Team

April 15, 2009 ( - Nonprofit Finance Fund has added expertise in response to increased demand for financial counsel.

The new members of NFF’s leadership team include Tom McLaughlin, Director of Consulting Services, and Edward Sermier, Director, User Services, and Stacey Zelbow, Manager, Consulting Services.

According to the announcement, Tom McLaughlin is nationally recognized as an expert in nonprofit financial management and organizational restructuring, and has consulted to nonprofits in over 200 mergers and alliances. McLaughlin has more than 35 years of experience as a nonprofit manager, trade association executive, and management consultant, and most recently served as a nonprofit consulting specialist with national accounting and consulting firm Grant Thornton, LLP.

Edward Sermier joins NFF from the Carnegie Corporation of New York, where he served as Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer and Director of Program Evaluation. Sermier’s diverse experience with many aspects of nonprofit finance informed his development of NFF’s Program Profitability Model; his career includes leadership roles with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, New York Mayor David Dinkins’ administration, and the New York City Board of Education.

Stacey Zelbow joins NFF with more than 15 years’ experience in nonprofit management and consulting. Most recently at Grant Thornton, LLP, Zelbow’s expertise includes strategic positioning, organizational assessment and development, and program implementation and evaluation.

Full details on the new and expanded offerings, along with “Tough Times” team leadership bios, can be found at: .

Founded in 1980, Nonprofit Finance Fund (NFF) ( ) provides loans, access to capital and consulting services that build the capacity and the financial health of nonprofits. A community development financial institution with over $80 million in assets, NFF has provided over $190 million in loans and access to additional financing via grants, tax credits and capital in support of over $1 billion in projects for thousands of nonprofit clients nationwide. NFF has a staff of more than 75 serving nonprofits nationally.