With years of experience working with nonprofit organizations in all the communities we serve, our banking teams welcome the opportunity to share our expertise and connect you to the banking resources your organization needs to achieve your goals.

Western Alliance Public & Nonprofit Finance, led by Monika Suarez, specializes in banking for larger institutional nonprofits such as universities, hospitals and senior living facilities, while our bank divisions work with local and regional nonprofits in the communities they serve.


  • Monika Suarez, Western Alliance Bank
    Monika Suarez
  • Mieke Holkeboer, Western Alliance Bank
    Mieke Holkeboer
  • Joshua Lentz, Western Alliance Bank
    Joshua Lentz
Monika Suarez, Western Alliance Bank
Monika Suarez
Managing Director, Public & Nonprofit Finance and Affordable Housing Investments
Mieke Holkeboer, Western Alliance Bank
Mieke Holkeboer
Vice President, Public & Nonprofit Finance
Joshua Lentz, Western Alliance Bank
Joshua Lentz
Vice President, Public & Nonprofit Finance

Whether you work with the team of experts that comprise Western Alliance Public and Nonprofit Finance, or a knowledgeable banker from one of our bank divisions, you’ll have a strong, reliable resource for your nonprofit banking needs.

Our financing solutions include a comprehensive array of fixed rate and variable rate loans to help you fund your capital needs, while also providing day-to-day banking services to manage your cash position.

We offer deposit and treasury management services, private placements of debt, direct lending and lease financing. We’ll work with you to create customized solutions with comprehensive, flexible lending terms that extend up to 20 years.

Importantly, we are committed to a streamlined credit approval process so you can secure the funding you need, when you need it.


We offer financing solutions to virtually all types of nonprofit sector organizations, including:

  • Nonprofits, charitable organizations & foundations
  • Independent and charter schools
  • Colleges and universities
  • Nonprofit hospitals, clinics and health systems
  • Continuing care and senior living providers
  • Transportation authorities

We’ll help you choose smart solutions to deliver the capabilities and capital you need, along with efficiencies to ease your administrative operations.

  • CAPEX loans for facilities or equipment
  • Asset-based loans
  • Lines of credit
  • Commercial real estate loans
  • Equipment financing
  • Tax-exempt financing secured by real estate and/or revenues
  • Sophisticated commercial credit card products

Our knowledgeable bankers understand the dynamic challenges and opportunities that educational institutions face, and we are ready to help you meet your goals. We have extensive experience with private universities, charter schools, technical programs and other public and private educational institutions.

Loans & Financing

We offer everything from tailored lending solutions for private colleges and universities to tax-exempt lease revenue financing for public K-12 school districts and charter schools. A broad spectrum of unique solutions are created specifically to meet the needs of our clients in the education sector, including:

  • CAPEX loans for facilities or equipment
  • Asset-based loans
  • Lines of credit
  • SBA 504 and commercial real estate loans
  • Equipment financing
  • Sophisticated commercial credit card products

Western Alliance understands not-for-profit organizations have unique banking and financing needs. That’s why our nonprofit banking experts can steer you through complex tax-exempt regulations to fund your immediate needs, manage cash flows, and create fluid business plans that help you to do more good. Our customer-focused approach means you get a dedicated, experienced relationship manager to help with all your banking needs.

Public and nonprofit financing tools include:

  • Refinancing existing obligations for savings
  • Fund essential capital improvements
  • Manage timing of receivables from government grants or capital campaigns
  • Leverage credit cards for better cash flow
  • Finance the purchase, building or renovation of a facility

All offers of credit are subject to credit approval

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Our bankers are highly experienced in nonprofit banking and understand the unique opportunities and challenges organizations like yours face every day. Our nonprofit clients benefit from a bank that works as hard as they do, with the same genuine commitment to community.

  • AZ Earn to Learn

    Western Alliance has been involved with Tucson-based AZ Earn to Learn since Executive Director and Founder Kate Hoffman was working at her dining table on the organization’s concept of matched scholarship funds.

  • Marshall B. Ketchum University

    Formerly known as the Southern California School of Optometry in Fullerton, Calif., MBKU had experienced a public debt offering before, and found it more difficult than necessary. This time the university found private placement resources via a dedicated set of decision makers at Western Alliance Bank.

  • Los Angeles Jewish Home

    The Los Angeles Jewish Home has been at the forefront of senior care for over 100 years. Today, it serves over 4,300 seniors as a leading provider of senior healthcare services for the community.

Western Alliance was a major supporter even before we had our first student. Not only did the bank help us get our organization off the ground, they also provided important financial support – and they have done this every year since the program launched in 2012. I can’t imagine a better community partner.
Kate Hoffman, Executive Director/Founder, AZ Earn to Learn
Public and Nonprofit Finance
About Us

Western Alliance Public and Nonprofit Finance, a national banking group within Western Alliance Bank, Member FDIC, specializes in providing financing to state and local governments and nonprofit entities, with a high level of expertise and responsiveness. The group’s team of leading professionals has significant sector-specific expertise that stands out in the industry, serving clients from school districts and cities to local charities and larger nonprofit institutions. Western Alliance Bank is the primary subsidiary of Phoenix-based Western Alliance Bancorporation, with more than $50 billion in assets. The bank is again #1 best-performing of the 50 largest public U.S. banks in the S&P Global Market Intelligence listing for 2020 and ranks high on the Forbes “Best Banks in America” list year after year. Serving clients across the country wherever business happens, Western Alliance Bank operates individually branded, full-service banking and financial services divisions and has offices in key markets nationwide.