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Does your community need affordable commercial space for nonprofit organizations? Do you think that organizations in your community could do so much more if they were all brought together under one roof?

If you are starting a shared space or a nonprofit center in your community, NCN can help in many ways.

Where to get started?

  • Learn more about the model: NCN makes our latest research available to you for free on our website to help you understand what shared space looks like across North America. Publications like the 2015 State of the Shared Space Sector Survey report showcase the variety of nonprofit centers and the benefits to their nonprofit tenant partners.
  • Join NCN! Membership is the most affordable way to access a wealth of knowledge about shared space (Our $250 Emerging Center membership was designed just for you!). Hundreds of practitioners have shared their knowledge over many years so you don’t have to reinvent the wheel. As a member, you can access tools and templates to push your project forward in the Online Resource Center, ranging from sample leases and MOUs to dog policies and meeting space management practices.  You also get access to Ask-NCN, an active e-mail listerv, where you can get your questions answered by people who have recently been in your shoes. Webinars on the latest trends in shared space are free for you, and you’ll get a discount on our trainings like Nonprofit Centers Boot Camp. You will also get customized advice by using your free hour of consulting to tackle a challenging issue.  
  • Consider Consulting: Nonprofit centers are most successful when they are built in response to community needs. As you start planning your nonprofit center, we recommend that you conduct a feasibility study to determine the need for your project in your community, so that you can create a space that’s not too big and not too small. If you hire NCN to conduct your feasibility study, we will design an engagement that includes developing your vision, assessing the demand among relevant nonprofits, creating a financial model, and making recommendations based on our collective experience with hundreds of nonprofit centers around the world.
  • Attend Nonprofit Centers Boot Camp: This fast-paced curriculum takes you through all of the nuts and bolts of creating a nonprofit center, touching on governance, financial structures, real estate considerations, and laying the groundwork for a collaborative community – all in one day. You will also start to build your peer network as you meet a group of practitioners with projects in a similar stage to you.  Check out our Events page to see when the next session is scheduled.
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