About Us


Who we are

We are a community of nonprofit and philanthropic leaders and professionals from the financial, real estate, and public sectors dedicated to sharing their knowledge and networks for creating and operating quality nonprofit workspace.

The Nonprofit Centers Network is a project of Third Sector New England.

Our Mission and Vision

To increase the capacity and effectiveness of the nonprofit sector by supporting the development and ongoing operations of multi-tenant nonprofit centers and other quality nonprofit workspace.

Our Vision is of a future when every nonprofit organization has access to the workspace it needs to support and sustain healthy, vibrant communities.

Our goal is to become the network for social purpose real estate in North America. Toward this goal, we are:

  • A peer-sourced resource for organizations and communities that are developing new projects;
  • An international thought leader on the topic of social purpose real estate;
  • The preeminent convener in the field of nonprofit real estate.

How NCN Can Support You

We have the experience, knowledge, and networks to help you create and operate successful nonprofit facilities projects. Our core program activites focus on the following:

  • training professionals to manage complex real estate projects;
  • developing tools and resources for nonprofits drawing of first-hand peer experience;
  • providing tailored consulting to projects on a fee for service basis; and
  • convening the largest conference of nonprofit real estate practitioners biannually.


Our Story

The Nonprofit Centers Network (NCN) was born out of a small convening of nonprofit center operators in the San Francisco Bay Area in the early 2000’s. While shared nonprofit workspace was not a new concept, a growing trend of sharing space to create synergies and cost efficiencies was emerging across North America.

The first convening, known as Collaborating for Success, blossomed into a thriving peer learning community. For more than 10 years, Tides provided a home and a living laboratory for the Nonprofit Centers Network program. Drawing from Tides’ experience in developing nonprofit centers, including its own Thoreau Centers for Sustainability , as well as the dedicated work by NCN’s founding Steering Committee, NCN grew from an informal network into a vibrant membership association and capacity building organization.

In 2013, we elected to leave Tides to pursue new opportunities before our organization. The Nonprofit Centers Network is proud to be a fiscally sponsored project of Third Sector New England, a long-standing member of the Network and supporter of shared space.

To support our presence across multiple regions, our headquarters has will relocate to Denver, Colorado, home to a vibrant community of nonprofit centers and the first city-wide effort to build the capacity of nonprofits through shared space. NCN also has satellite offices in Massachusetts.


The first [NCN] conference convinced us that our vision of a facility to house and support social change organizations in Boston was actually achievable. Since then, we have drawn on the ideas and experiences - and moral support - of peers around the country to bring our dream to fruition. We now have our own experiences to share and much more to learn from our colleagues about operating a multi-tenant nonprofit center.

-Jonathan Spack | Executive Director | Third Sector New England