Mission-driven shared spaces have long operated across Canada in service of a variety of social and hybrid missions. More recently, the phenomenon of shared spaces has been experiencing a surge in growth and strategic interest across the public, private and non-profit sectors. In 2015, The Nonprofit Centers Network (NCN) and the Social Purpose Real Estate Collaborative (SPRE) hosted a series of conversations and research project about the unique needs of Canadian organizations involved in non-profit and mission-based shared space projects. In 2016 Tides Canada, with support from NCN, initiated a new program, NCN Canada, to begin to address these needs.
This paper is part of NCN Canada’s Shared Spaces Learning Series initiative, designed to contribute to the emerging national conversation about the roles, capacities and limitations of shared spaces, understood in various contexts as Community Hubs, Social Purpose Real Estate and Non-profit Centres. The Shared Spaces Learning Series features “Knowledge in Action” research briefs, which gather and summarize relevant data and information, and “Stories from the Centres” case studies, highlighting emerging practices and perspectives in Canadian shared spaces.
What is Inside?
This paper, Knowledge in Action
1: Corporate Structures and Regulatory Context, is organized in three sections:
Preliminary Considerations, Corporate Structure Options, and Considerations for Registered Charities. Sources and additional resources can be found in the final section. The information in the forthcoming Knowledge in Action
2: Business Models and Revenue Streams is complementary to the information here.
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