One of America's leading nonprofit community development financial institutions, IFF strengthens nonprofits and their communities through lending and real estate consulting. We serve nonprofits in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Missouri, and Wisconsin, with a focus on those that serve low-income communities and special needs populations.
Since 1988, we have been a trusted partner to nonprofits in every sector, including health care, education, child care, and housing. We help nonprofits grow and successfully complete their capital projects.
Responding to the needs of Missouri nonprofits
As a nonprofit committed to community development, IFF supports organizations in Missouri by providing financial and real estate solutions to their facility needs.
Missouri Executive Director Kirby Burkholder and Loan Officer Kate Reese work together to bring IFF’s affordable, flexible lending to nonprofits across Missouri, from the Bootheel to the metropolitan Kansas City and St. Louis areas. IFF has made more than 100 loans to Missouri-area nonprofits, and more than 1,000 across the Midwest.
IFF also provides real estate consulting services to a broad range of nonprofits in the Kansas City and St. Louis metropolitan areas. Kirby Burkholder and Real Estate and School Services Project Manager Michelle Gleason work with each nonprofit client to determine IFF’s scope of consulting services. Clients choose from a comprehensive menu of fully integrated services based on a proposal tailored to specific needs, all at affordable rates.
View this short video, from KPLR Channel 11's
All About Business St. Louis, to learn more about
the ways IFF's Missouri office supports nonprofits.
IFF’s commitment to nonprofits in Missouri goes beyond the office. Each IFF staff member in Missouri is involved with nonprofit boards, including: Lemay Housing Partnership, St. Louis Language Immersion Schools, Missouri Charter Public School Association, City of St. Louis Mental Health Board, and the United Way of Greater St. Louis Community Investment Committee.
Kirby Burkholder notes, “It has been so rewarding to work closely with Missouri nonprofits as they think strategically about facilities and the connection to financial and operational health. We will continue to grow our office to respond to the needs of Missouri nonprofits as they continue to serve the people of Missouri.”
Strengthening nonprofits and the communities they serve
A few highlights of the agencies we've been proud to work with in Missouri are below:
||Beyond Housing’s Save-A-Lot Grocery Store, Pagedale, Missouri
Residents of Pagedale, just west of St. Louis, had no access to affordable grocery stores—the few convenience stores nearby are expensive and do not carry produce, meat, or poultry. In 2009, IFF provided a $1,245,000 loan to Beyond Housing, a NeighborWorks organization, to build a grocery store. IFF’s loan filled a financing gap for this New Market Tax Credits transaction led by US Bank. Save-A-Lot leases the building from Beyond Housing and provides residents with savings of up to 40 percent compared to conventional grocery chains. For more information on this project, please click here.
"IFF was instrumental in making this project happen. Financing grocery stores in low and moderate income communities is a daunting task but IFF’s flexibility, creativity, and knowledge of community development allowed this dream to become a reality."
—Chris Krehmeyer, Executive Director, Beyond Housing, Inc.
||Hogan Preparatory Academy, Kansas City, Missouri
With the help of a $250,000 equipment loan from IFF, Hogan Preparatory Academy (Hogan Prep), who has operated a high school since 1999, opened its first middle school in August 2011.
IFF congratulates Hogan Prep for the local and national attention the school recently received. Due to its outstanding performance last year, the school received a 2010 College Board Inspiration Award for their college-preparation programs and partnerships among teachers, parents, and community organizations. Hogan Prep was one of only three schools across the country to receive the annual award. Hogan Prep also won the Missouri Charter Public School Association (MCPSA) Charter School of Excellence Award for the past two years.
Hogan Prep serves a 98 percent minority and 80 percent low-income student population. Last year, 100 percent of Hogan Prep's graduates were accepted into college.
||Gateway 180 :: Homelessness Reversed, St. Louis
Gateway180 :: Homelessness Reversed, formerly known as Gateway Homeless Services, is an emergency shelter in the City of St. Louis that provides 24-hour services to women and children experiencing homelessness.
Gateway180 recently borrowed funds from IFF to renovate client bathrooms on four floors with multiple showers, changing rooms, sinks, and toilets. For the past several years, the agency has been making a concerted effort to improve their facility to create an environment of dignity and respect for their clients. With 110 beds on site, bathrooms see heavy traffic. Renovating restrooms became a natural next step. Providing a clean, private, comfortable restroom provides a life necessity to clients who would otherwise go without.
Gateway180 continues to provide a nurturing environment to women and children experiencing homelessness, working to place individuals into secure housing within 30 days of coming to the shelter. Last year, they placed 356 people into housing.
Life Skills, St. Louis
In 2010, due to a drop in the appraised value of a commercial building used for its programs, Touchpoint Autism, Inc. had to restructure longstanding debt with its local bank—and reached out to IFF for help. In 2011, IFF was able to make a $300,000 loan, using two residential homes used for community living services that were not sufficient collateral for other lenders. This IFF loan enabled the organization to reduce the balances on its existing loans, come into compliance with its bank's loan-to-value requirements, and ultimately preserve its long-term banking relationship.
In 2012, TouchPoint merged with Life Skills and subsequently paid off their loan. Life Skills is committed to helping individuals with developmental disabilities—including autism—learn, live, and work in their community.
IFF is proud to have worked wtih this organization and to have helped them achieve greater financial stability. We wish them the best as they continue to serve people with autism across Missouri.
IFF has worked throughout Illinois since its inception. The full list of borrowers, including those in Illinois' Metro East area, can be found on IFF’s Our Borrowers webpage.
- 4-Sight Counseling
- Academie Lafayette Charter School
- Annie Malone Children and Family Services
- Argentine Neighborhood Development Assocation
- Assistance League of St. Louis
- Bancroft School Apartments
- Beacon Health Center
- Beyond Housing
- Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City
- Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis
- Brookside Day School (BSDS, Inc.)
- Carondolet Leadership Academy Charter
- Childgarden Child Development Center
- Christian Associates
- CHWC, Inc.
- City Garden Montessori Charter School
- Crossroads Academy
- Della Lamb Community Services
- DeSales Community Housing Corporation
- Don Bosco Community Center, Inc.
- F2F, LLC
- Fordland Clinic
- Gateway 180 :: Homeslessness Reversed
- Gateway Greening, Inc.
- Gateway Science Academy
- Good Shepherd School for Children
- Grace Hill Settlement House, Inc.
- Grand Center, Inc.
- Great Circle
- Greater St. Louis Arts and Education Council
- Green Street Development Group
- Guadalupe Centers, Inc.
- Habitat for Humanity St. Charles
- Habitat for Humanity St. Louis
- Hogan Preparatory Academy
- Hope Academy
- IBS Industries, Inc.
- Jamaa Learning Center
- Justine Petersen Housing and
- KIPP St. Louis
- Meet the Need Development Corporation
- Metropolitan Community Church of Greater St. Louis
- Mid-Coast Radio Project, KKFI 90.1 FM
- Neighborhood Houses
- Nonprofit Connect: Network. Learn. Grow
- North Side Community School
- Paraquad, Inc.
- Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri
- Project, Inc.
- Regional Housing and Community
- reStart, Inc.
- Restored Hope Remedial Services
- Riverview West Florissant Development Corporation
- Saint Louis ConnectCare
- St. Louis Language Immersion Schools
- St. Martin's Child Center
- South City Preparatory Academy
- South Grand Community Improvement District
- St. Clair Associated Vocational Enterprises, Inc.
- Synergy Services
- Touchette Regional Hospital, Inc.
- TouchPoint Autism Services
- UCP Easter Seals Heartland
- Urban Strategies, Inc.
- Valley Industries
- Wyman Center, Inc.
Please click here to browse an interactive map of IFF loans and real estate projects.
Improving the landscape in which Missouri nonprofits operate
IFF's research department has also conducted research specific to Missouri, including Missouri Nonprofits: Building Capacity for the 21st Century, Public School in St. Louis: Place, Performance, and Promise, and Putting Performance on the Map: Locating Quality Schools in the Kansas City, Missouri School District. IFF uses its data-driven research findings to support public policy reform and action that will attract necessary resources to highest-need areas.
Read more about IFF's research of public schools in St. Louis in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, along with interactive graphics of public schools in the 16 zip code areas in the city.
To learn more about our work in Missouri or to discuss our services, please contact us.
|For loan inquiries,
|For questions about our real estate consulting
services or our work with schools, please call:
|For all other inquiries,
314 588 8840 x3
314 588 8840 x2
314 588 8840 x1
You can find directions to IFF's Missouri office on the Contact Us page.
Please click here to download a print-ready overview of IFF’s Missouri Loan Program.