The LENDonate BYON

Bring Your Own Network Program

Customized Loan Agreements for Nonprofits and their Supporters to Advance Impact Investment and Philanthropy

Traditional lending programs are not always able to provide financing to nonprofit organizations. Unlike for-profit businesses that can show a steady income stream, nonprofit organizations are not always able to show that and often service clients who cannot afford to pay for services. Traditional frameworks may determine your engagement with government, foundations and individuals for grants and donations as a weakness. These may be viewed as unreliable because of the uncertainty of these funding options and the timing of receiving them once approved.

We can help you turn your funding support network into a strength by showing them ways to fund the valuable services you provide beyond donations.

Through LENDonate’s BYON program, we can help your nonprofit design a program to raise private loan capital. The investments would come from your nonprofit’s network of supporters – people on your leadership team, board members, and major donors. Loan terms are flexible and can have special features such as a loan-to-donation conversion option.

Please download the brochure and reach out with any questions. We would be happy to schedule a 30-minute complimentary consultation call to explore whether BYON would be a right fit for your organization.

Program Details

These custom private loans help both nonprofits and their supporters achieve their respective goals. For the nonprofits, this provides access to affordable capital immediately to be used for real estate purchase, program expansion, organization turnaround, and more. Supporters of the nonprofit can expand their support beyond donations and choose to receive a return on their investment. Optional loan features can be customized to include interest rate reduction, loan forgiveness, impact milestones, and more, if both parties agree.

BYON Facts

All investments are offered under Rule 506(c) to Accredited Investors as defined in Rule 501(a) of Regulation D of the Securities Act of 1933.

Case Study

An investor wished to provide high-impact funding and was not averse to taking risk alongside the nonprofit borrower. With that knowledge, LENDonate presented the investor with this opportunity: a $50,000 loan to a nonprofit recovering from the COVID shutdown, where their mission is to serve homeless, senior veterans. This was not a good fit for the LENDonate Marketplace, and the investor gladly stepped in privately.

“If the nonprofit turns around, they can pay me back so I can keep recycling this money for good. If they don’t, I have given them more time to do good work.”

Nonprofit Borrower FAQs

How is this different from LENDonate’s regular loan offering?


LENDonate Marketplace borrowers have more than 3 years of operating and financial history, and most secure their loans with collateral.


LENDonate’s underwriting process determines the fair market or ceiling interest rate and the loan is then presented to LENDonate Lenders for consideration.


By contrast, the LENDonate BYON Program enables nonprofits and their supporters to privately finance a loan for the organization and determine the terms that best suit their needs.


Does the nonprofit need to post collateral?


Not unless it is part of the agreement.


How do we set an interest rate?


The Borrower may suggest a ceiling rate. Your private investors may choose to lend at 0% to the suggested ceiling rate. LENDonate can provide credit analysis if requested.


Will there be monthly payments?


For simplicity, we recommend accruing interest until loan maturity, but it depends on what your private investors desire.

Can the nonprofit customize the terms?

LENDonate and the nonprofit would work together to customize terms that we believe will align with the interests of the nonprofit and investors, taking into consideration the size of the need, investors’ capacities, timelines, and desired outcomes.


Can LENDonate match me with investors and donors?

No. Unlike our Marketplace loan offering, for the LENDonate BYON Program, you must bring your own supporters. LENDonate can provide communication support once we are introduced to your supporters.

If this is a private loan with our own supporters, couldn’t we just do this ourselves?

While there are some cases in which borrowers and supporters can handle it themselves, there are advantages to having LENDonate, an independent party, facilitate the transactions, e.g., standardizing agreements with multiple investors. Other times, it may be required by the financial custodian, e.g. funds are within a donor advised fund.

What if we are not ready to repay the loan at maturity?

A loan modification and/or extension may be considered if agreed upon by all investors.


Schedule a 30-minute complimentary consultation call to explore whether BYON would be a right fit for your nonprofit organization.​

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