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August 2011

In this issue:

Welcome New Members!
American Lung Association in California
Amherst H. Wilder Foundation
Connecticut Association of Nonprofits
Connie Hubbs
Durham Centre for Social Innovation, Inc.
Georgetown Health Foundation
Hope Community Development Agency
Northern Indiana Education Foundation
Santa Fe Community Foundation
University of Waterloo
Win/Win Network
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Upcoming Events
Building for Sustainable Communities Building for Sustainable Communities: Nonprofit Facilities &
Shared Services Training Seminar

November 2, 2011 | Chicago, IL
Early registration until Oct. 1 | Member : $179, Nonmember: $265

Do you want to develop collaborative, quality workspace for nonprofit organizations? Get a comprehensive crash-course in creating and managing shared nonprofit buildings and services to support your organization’s impact in your community. This interactive full-day training is designed to lead you through the complex processes of creating a mission-enhancing, financially sustainable shared facility.
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Shared Intake Systems Webinar | Coordinated Client Services: Shared Intake Systems
September 27, 2011 | 11am-12pm PDT
Free to NCN members, $40 non-members

Do you provide direct services at your nonprofit center? Serve clients better and increase collaboration with a shared intake program. Join us as center leaders share their best practices and successes providing shared client systems.
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Measuring Success Webinar | Measuring Success:
The Nonprofit Centers Impact Assessment Toolkit

November 16, 2011 | 11am-12pm PDT
Free to NCN members, $40 non-members

Roxanne Hanson, Director of Education and Consulting, shares an exciting new tool to help nonprofit centers measure the economic, environmental, and community impacts of their shared facilities. Based on the findings of the nonprofit centers impact study, this toolkit will help you conduct your own evaluation for your center.
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Tides Featured Webinar | Psychology of Social Impact
September 1, 2011 | 10am-11pm PDT

Learn the key tenets of behavioral economics and learn how it is being used to design creative, new solutions to social problems in healthcare, poverty alleviation, financial services, and energy conservation. This webinar is part of Tides Learning Communities events.
Learn more and register

New Resources

Shared Services that Work

New publication | Shared Services that Work:
Surprise Findings from Charlotte-Mecklenburg Nonprofits

Commissioned by the Foundation For The Carolinas, Tides conducted a comprehensive feasibility study for nonprofit shared services in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg region. NCN members can read the white paper to learn myths and realities of shared services.

Are you interested in expanding shared services at your center? Check out NCN resources on shared services or schedule a consult with NCN today!



Building Co-Location
Read a report that identifies the strengths and challenges of shared space in Marion County and recommendations for a pilot site. This report is a great example of a nonprofit center feasibility study. Read the report.
Network News
AHRC New shared space in Denver brings many cultures to one building
The Aurora Human Rights Center, a cooperative office space that houses five nonprofits, is becoming a gathering place for the diverse communities of Denver's original Aurora neighborhood. The nonprofits housed at AHRC are bringing together communities that have been previously isolated from each other. Read more on the AHRC's impact on its neighborhood.


Nonprofit center in Philadelphia seeks tenants, facilities manager
One step closer to opening a community arts center in the Chinatown district of Philadelphia, Asian Arts Initiative has successfully purchased a building and is now seeking tenants as well as a Facility Manager. Learn more and view Facilities Manager job description.

Artspace Patchogue Lofts Long Island town welcomes artist live-work space
Congratulations NCN member Artspace Projects, Inc, on the grand opening of Artspace Patchogue Lofts, an artist live-work space in Patchogue, NY. The Lofts, which provides affordable artists residences and gallery space, held a ribbon cutting ceremony and open house to celebrate its opening on July 27. Learn more
Brandywine Council on Foundations Highlights Nonprofit Center at National Conference
The Brandywine Health Center in Coatesville, PA, was featured as a successful community partnership at the Council on Foundation’s national conference. Foundation leaders toured the innovative facility to see how the Brandywine Health Foundation and its foundation partners are leveraging public and private dollars to transform the community with health services, a youth initiative, and more. Read more.

Center Spotlight: The Common Roof

The Common Roof

Organization Name: New Path Foundation
Locations: Barrie and Orillia (in construction), Ontario, Canada
Date of center founding: 9/2006
Mission: The Common Roof is a multi-tenant, community-based social enterprise center that provides quality, affordable, sustainable, and professional work and program space for human service nonprofit agencies.
About: The Common Roof, which consists of facilities located in Barrie and Orillia, not only provides collaborative co-location for its tenants, it also uses an innovative financial model that ensures affordable and sustainable facility costs. To become a Common Roof partner, an organization must share principles and values, participate in a cost sharing agreement, and agree to dispute resolution processes. Partners provide capital funds for building retrofits and in return they are able to participate in a 10-year fixed rate rent. Once the mortgage is paid, partners receive an unrestricted grant equaling 60-65% of their rent for programs and services. This model allows partners to focus less on fundraising and more on programming while providing sustainable quality office space.

More information: Visit the Barrie Common Roof Center Profile

NCN members can view tools for success gained from the development of the Barrie Common Roof, presented by New Path Foundation CEO and NCN Steering Committee member, Glen Newby.


Partner Spotlight:




Name:  TelePacific
Locations: California and Nevada
Description: TelePacific provides small and medium-sized organizations and businesses the level of service usually reserved for only the largest customers of the big telecom providers. TelePacific has extensive experience in providing service to nonprofit organizations and can help you find out if you are qualified for government programs that subsidize your telecom services.
Services: TelePacific offers a full range of voice and data solutions, ideal for nonprofit centers sharing services. Voice services include local and long distance, as well as mobile phone services. Data products include direct internet access, MPLS (for multi-location businesses who need to be fully networked together), wireless internet, wireless backup, collocation and data centers, managed security, and mobile data. They can also provide you with fax to email, conference calling, and online billing.

More information: Visit the TelePacific Communications Partner Profile

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