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February 2012

In this issue:

Welcome New Members!
Affinity Community Services
Autism Society of Indiana
California Federation of Time Banks
Conexion Americas
Foundation for Seacoast Health
Hospice Richmond Hill
Matrix Human Services
Planet Give
Points of Light Institute
Rocky Mountain Youth Corps
Waterman Palm Square
Yellowstone Boys and Girls Ranch
Did you miss a webinar?
NCN Members have access to the full audio archive and presentations from past webinars, including Measuring Collaboration: The Benefits and Impacts of Nonprofit Centers








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Stay connected with your community!
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Update your Center profile!
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Find a Partner
Search the NCN Partner Directory contains to find partners from the real estate, design, fundraising and financing sectors committed to building a stronger, more efficient nonprofit sector through quality, affordable workspace.

Upcoming Events
Measuring Success

Collaborating for Success:
Nonprofit Facilities & Shared Workspace

April 2, 2012 | Seattle, WA
Early registration until March 2 | Member : $179, Nonmember: $295

Get a comprehensive crash-course on developing shared nonprofit facilities to generate positive 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 nonprofit center.
Learn more and register

Photo: Geoff Livingston

Full House Webinar

Webinar | Full House:
Tenant Recruitment and Marketing for Nonprofit Centers

March 6 | 11am-12pm PST/2pm-3pm EST
Free to NCN members, $40 non-members

Attracting credit-worthy tenants is key to ensuring the long-term success of a shared nonprofit facility. An experienced center leader and a real estate expert will share tenant marketing and selection strategies for both new and established nonprofit centers. Join us to learn about tenant commitment considerations, marketing techniques, and strategies for leasing in the current market.
Learn more and register


Workshop series on real estate for nonprofits
The Social Purpose Real Estate Table in Vancouver, BC, Canada is hosting a four part series of workshops for nonprofits to deepen their understanding and knowledge about owning, leasing, and operating a facility. Workshops include:
- Effective Architectural Programming, April 17
- ABC's of Buying and Developing, April 24
- Selling or Re-developing Existing Facilities, May 8
- Leasing vs. Buying ~ Co-location or Solo, May 15
For more information visit SPRE's website after March 1.


Announcement from Tides CEO Melissa Bradley

Melissa Bradley

As we start the new year, we are excited to announce that The Kresge Foundation recently awarded The NonprofitCenters Network a major operations grant for the next 3 years. With the goal of building the Network and scaling NCN services, this crucial support will allow us to focus more staff, resources, and mindshare on the importance of shared spaces and services. In conjunction with a recent organizational restructure at Tides, NCN's home organization, we have intentionally aligned our operations to improve customer service, deepen our strategic partnerships, and increase the flow of capital to grow our sector. For NCN, this means more visibility, leadership support, and staff capacity for you, our partners and clients. Tides is committed to the work of NCN and we are proud to continue to support such a cornerstone of the nonprofit ecosystem.


New Resources

IAP Foundation

Funding opportunity for projects that cultivate connections
Are you located in the upper Midwest? The Irwin Andrew Porter Foundation is offering grants to fund innovative projects that foster connections between individuals, communities, the environment and the world at large.Grants range from $500 to $30,00 annually. The first phase of applications must be submitted by March 31, 2012. Learn more.



Collaboration manual for nonprofit centers
NCN member and newly opened nonprofit center National Youth Transitions Center documented their process for creating a collaborative. NCN members can view this great model that details systems in place to improve services, build capacity, and create synergies for their collaborative members.

Photo: © Prakash Patel for VOA Associates


Online Resource Center

Real estate planning tools
Our growing collection of templates and samples used by nonprofit centers and industry partners is designed to generate ideas and save you time. Members can access the newest resources from Collaborating for Success | Chicago speaker Rhonda McFarland, Chicago Community Loan Fund:
Organizational Readiness Checklist for Real Estate Development
Sample Description of Architect's Duties
Facility Budget Template
Typical Predevelopment & Non Predevelopment Expenses

Do you have job descriptions, model leases, MOUs, or other documents that you can share with our community? Upload your resources today!

Network News
Ask-NCN Ask-NCN featured question: Deferred maintenance assessment options
Deschutes Children's Foundation asked the NCN community for advice on their upcoming maintenance and repair needs and possible deferred maintenance assessment. Members can read their responses here and check out the 30-Year Asset Reserve Analysis (ARA) and Facilities Operations Manuals (FOM) for nonprofit centers and community facilities provided by NCN member Ventura Partners.
Jean Butzen New blog series on nonprofit co-location
NCN member Jean Butzen is exploring the benefits and impacts of shared space and services in a new blog series on Stanford Social Innovation Review. Read about the mission advantages for the agencies housed at NCN member Children and Family Services Center in Jean's first post.

Wellness Center

Job Posting: Wellness Center Executive Director
The County of Los Angeles, in partnership with NCN member The California Endowment, is transforming the historic General Hospital in Boyle Heights into a new Wellness Center. They are looking for a dynamic executive director to manage the Wellness Center during its critical nascent years. Learn more about the position.

Shared Spaces Survey Help expand research on shared spaces
Katie Edwards, a graduate student working with NCN member Marion County Commission on Youth, is studying how shared space organizations are working together. Please contribute to her research by completing a survey on your nonprofit co-location.

Women's Building

Help restore the Women's Building murals
The Women's Buildilng of San Francisco is elegible to win $10,000 in Dwell magazine's "Rethinking Preservation" contest to renovate their landmark mural "MaestraPeace." Cast your vote today to help this NCN member preserve a cultural icon.


Center Spotlight: Community Door

Community Door

Organization(s): United Way of Peel Region and nine other nonprofit agencies
Location(s): Mississauga and Brampton, ON, Canada
Date of center founding: June 2011
Mission: Community Door is a group of like-minded service providers who are dedicated to co-locating service agencies under one roof and creating a shared-space, social services hub.
About: In response to community service agencies in the Peel Region's need for accessible, quality space, the United Way of Peel Region brought the concept of a one-stop services center to the area. With Community Door locations in Mississauga and Brampton and a third campus to soon open in Caledon, these highly visible and accessible locations grant easy access for clients, staff and volunteers. The co-location of service agencies has streamlined referrals and improved accessibility for seniors and Peel Region's large immigrant population. Member agencies have reported that the number of people using the services has increased since Community Door's opening.

Learn more about the Community Door.


Partner Spotlight:




Name: Coblentz, Patch, Duffy & Bass LLP
Location: California
Services: Established more than 100 years ago, Coblentz, Patch, Duffy & Bass delivers legal services in the areas of exempt organizations and charitable planning, taxation, trusts and estates, corporate and business transactions, intellectual property, real estate and land use, civil litigation; bankruptcy, labor and employment.
Description: Coblentz, Patch, Duffy & Bass has had a long and active history of pro bono service and community involvement. For the past ten years, the firm has annually sponsored and provided a series of seminars on legal and financial issues for local nonprofit corporations. The firm's pro bono efforts are led by an active pro bono committee of partners, associates and staff who are committed to supporting and encouraging pro bono efforts in all of the firm's practices. The objective at Coblentz, Patch, Duffy & Bass is simple: Dedicated client focus, combined with a commitment to their people and community.

More information: Visit Coblentz, Patch, Duffy & Bass, LLP Partner Profile

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