The NonprofitCenters Network

March 2011

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How can you help the relief efforts in the Japan?
Through the Tides Relief and Reconstruction Fund, the Tides community supports victims of natural and civil disasters across the globe through grants to effective grassroots and advocacy organizations working for short-term relief as well as long-term economic and structural change.

Click here to donate now, or contact your philanthropic advisor if you have a fund at Tides.




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Find a Partner
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Did you know ...
NCN Members receive a
40% discount to Building Opportunities 2011


Join the NonprofitCenters Network today to take advantage of conference discounts, free webinars, networking opportunities with experts, and members-only resources!

Update from Japan

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Left: Sendai Miyagi NPO Center (green pinpoint) in relation to earthquake epicenter and area of evacuation around the compromised Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. Right: China Brotsky, Roxanne Hanson, and Steering Committee member Jonathan Spack visiting Japanese nonprofit centers in 2007

Some of you may have met our partner nonprofit center leaders from Japan at our 2007 conference. One of these centers, the Sendai Miyagi NPO Center is located near the epicenter the epicenter of the devastating earthquake. In its aftermath, the NPO Center has become a de facto lifeline for that ravaged community. Learn more about the efforts of the Sendai Miyagi NPO Center.


2011 Conference: Two weeks left for Early Registration Discount!

Building Opportunities 2011

Building Opportunities 2011:
The Nonprofit Shared Space and Services Conference

May 9-11, 2011 | Los Angeles

Don't miss the biggest gathering of nonprofit center and shared services leaders. You won’t have this opportunity again for another two years!
Register by April 1st to receive the Early Bird Discount!


Upcoming Webinar

Finding the Right Staffing Structure

Webinar | What Works:
Staffing Structures that Increase Impact

March 24 | 11a - 12p PST
Free to NCN members, $40 non-members
Do you want to develop a staffing plan that meets your center's needs and supports your mission? Hear from your NCN peers about staffing challenges and solutions whether you are planning a new center or reevaluating your established center.
Register now.

New Resources


New resources include:
Sample Tenant Emergency Guidelines
Sample emergency preparation and safety manual for nonprofit center tenants. Members only resource.
Shared Services: The Foundation for Collaboration Report focused on shared services in the context of rural health networks and the issues that leaders should consider when deciding to share services.

NCN Online Resource Center keeps growing!
Thank you for uploading your center's best practices, templates, and presentations. Your contributions help maintain this valuable knowledge base for the NCN community. Share your resources today!



Bank of America Launches 2011 Neighborhood Excellence Initiative
Community-based organizations, local heroes, and student leaders working to improve their communities in forty-five Bank of America markets in the U.S. as well as London can receive grants, training, and other resources and honors for their service. Learn more.

Nonprofit Centers in the News


Alliance Center's Policy Work Pays Off
In 2010, over 50 sustainability-related bills initiated or supported by Alliance Center tenants were signed into law in Colorado. The Alliance's policy program, headed by Nichole Goodman, helps facilitate this successful advocacy work by providing leadership on issue forecasting, policy-directed coalition building, and advocacy for targeted policy initiatives and legislation. Learn more.


Office Space Available at Thoreau Center New York
Rent office space at Thoreau Center for Sustainability New York, the first shared community and conference space for nonprofits in Lower Manhattan. Thoreau Center New York is an environmentally sustainable shared workspace located at 55 Exchange Place in the old JP Morgan Building across from the New York Stock Exchange. Learn more.


Third Street Center recognized by Sustainable Building Industries Council
Congratulations to the Third Street Center in Carbondale, Colorado, for its recognition for "exemplary community involvement" by the Sustainable Building Industries Council. Learn more.

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Steering Committee Update

We are pleased to welcome new NCN Steering Committee members Stephanie FallCreek, Rebecca Jasso, and Glen Newby. We wish to express our deepest thanks to departing Committee members Michael Gathercole, Neel Hajra, Jonathan Spack, Tim Wintermute, and Alex Zwissler. Learn more about the Steering Committee.


Welcome New Staff

Please welcome Sarah Eisinger, Director of Real Estate Services. Sarah specializes in providing pre-development advisory services to organizations, individuals, foundations and others who are planning for new real estate projects. Sarah is based in our New York office, and you can reach her at

Center Spotlight

Organization Name: 18th Street Arts Center
Location: Santa Monica, CA
Date founded: 1988
Mission & History: 18th Street Arts Center is the largest non-profit residential community arts center in Los Angeles County. Seeking to promote the public's engagement with art and artists, 18th Street Arts Center provides much needed affordable space in a market where artists are normally priced out. 18th Street’s prominent arts programs have hosted and sponsored over 150 group and solo exhibitions serving 700 artists since 1988. Currently 18th Street Arts Center is working on an expansion and renovation to better serve their community.

More information: Visit the 18th Street Arts Center Profile

Join us for the Nonprofit Centers Tour at the Building Opportunities Conference to learn more about 18th Street Arts Center and other successful nonprofit centers in the Los Angeles area.


Partner Spotlight


Name: Cushman & Wakefield
Locations: All U.S. regions

Description: Helping non-profit organizations with all aspects of the real estate process. Whether it be leasing an office space or purchasing an office building, we have the knowledge of the US market and the experience to execute a variety of different types of transactions.
Services: Providing real estate advisory, consulting and brokerage services to different non-profit organizations across the country.
Clients: Cushman & Wakefield serves all industry types with their real estate needs, and has extensive experience with assisting non-profit organizations as well as corporate users.

More information Visit Cushman & Wakefield Partner Profile

Meet Anthony Shell from Cushman & Wakefield at Building Opportunities 2011

Welcome New Members

Sunny Hills Services, San Anselmo, CA
B.E. Beck & Associates, Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada
Canadian Paraplegic Association, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Climb Consulting Inc., London, Ontario, Canada
Contractors Association of Truckee Tahoe, Truckee, CA
IdeaEncore, Los Angeles, CA

Special Thanks to our New Sponsoring Members
Anverse, Inc.
Cushman & Wakefield
Larson Realty Group

Register today: Building Opportunities 2011
May 9-11, 2011 | Los Angeles, CA

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