Industry Initiatives

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    SFNet’s Curriculum

    SFNet’s core curriculum of education programs, webinars and teleconferences.

    The SFNet Leadership Institute

    The SFNet Leadership Institute - a program geared toward developing strategic skills in the next generation of leaders in the asset-based lending and factoring industries.

    Industry Studies

    Industry studies that provide crucial data for both asset-based lending and factoring professionals and anyone else seeking knowledge about the industry.

    Education Programs

    SFNet Chapter’s education programs.


    Marquee speakers at major SFNet and SFFound events.


    Future initiatives including new education programs, e-learning courses and opportunities to increase awareness of the industry.



    Give a gift today and contribute to a better tomorrow



    The mission of the Secured Finance Foundation is to encourage, facilitate, and support education, innovation, and charitable works for the betterment of organizations and professionals who deliver and enable secured finance—and for the communities of which they are a part.

    As a separate entity from the Secured Finance Network, the Secured Finance Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization that funds crucial initiatives benefiting secured lenders worldwide.

    Generous donations from corporations and individuals make it possible for us to move the industry forward in three key areas:

    Education & Information

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    The Secured Finance Foundation supports SFNet’s core education programming and initiatives—including reshaping both content and its delivery to better serve the needs of members. We also sponsor guest speakers at international and local events who deliver valuable insights into a bevy of topics of interest to our community.

    Valuable benchmarking and industry data is another key deliverable of the Secured Finance Foundation. Insights gleaned from our research and world-class reporting keep members up-to-date and equipped to take on any business challenge. Visit Insights & Trends on to view some of our popular reports, including the SFNet Quarterly Confidence Index, SFNet Westat Quarterly and Annual Data Reports, and the groundbreaking SFNet Market Sizing & Impact Study.


    Development of the next generation


    Recognizing and supporting the growth of our future leaders is one of the most gratifying endeavors of our Foundation. We celebrate young professionals with our semi-annual SFNet 40 Under 40 Awards.

    The Secured Finance Foundation’s Scholarship and Diversity Committee developed a Guest Lecture Scholarship Program designed to introduce ABL, factoring and other commercial finance products to undergraduate juniors and seniors. Colleges and universities in minority and underserved communities are the primary targets for these programs that expose students to our industry and the career options that are available to them. As an added benefit for students attending the Guest Lecture Scholarship Program, internships at SFNet member companies are offered to further their knowledge and gain hands-on experience in commercial finance. Additionally, the Secured Finance Foundation funds scholarships for undergraduate applicants who are interested in a career in secured finance.


    Community Investment


    The Secured Finance Foundation works with local community groups as well as national organizations such as the Small Business Administration (SBA) to establish new markets and opportunities for our members. We support lending organizations that finance underserved communities, including women and minority owned businesses.

    As one of the oldest and most influential charitable organizations supporting companies and individuals within the secured finance community, tax deductible contributions to the Foundation are both a way of giving back—and a sound investment in our industry’s future.



    Market Sizing Study

    MSS-FINALSecured Finance Foundation with assistance from Ernst & Young, has conducted the first-of-its-kind Secured Finance Industry Market Sizing and Impact Study for the purpose of benchmarking, strategic planning, attracting capital and assisting in advocacy efforts on behalf of the industry.