Evaluating Success: Toolkit for Measuring Nonprofit Center Impacts


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About the Toolkit

This Toolkit was developed by The NonprofitCenters Network to help organizations evaluate the impact of shared facilities.

Guide Synopsis

The power to change the world lies in the ability of people to come together, share ideas, and work to make their visions real. Too often, activists and community organizations do not have the workspace or support services they need to meet their mission, grow their community, or build a larger movement. Volatile real estate markets and limited budgets make it difficult for nonprofits to maintain quality, affordable workspace and retain professional staff.

Across North America and around the globe, community, philanthropic, government, and private sector leaders have found an effective and creative way to solve these problems. By bringing together nonprofit organizations in the same facility, sometimes even with public or commercial partners, nonprofit centers provide stable, affordable workspace that fosters strategic collaborations and efficient operations and promotes healthy, vibrant communities.

While nonprofit centers offer significant benefits to their tenants and the broader community, the full story of their impacts has not yet been effectively and systematically reported. This toolkit is designed to help nonprofit center leaders measure their economic, environmental, and social impacts on the local communities where they are located. Identifying the benefits of a specific nonprofit center can help build support for its ongoing work and amplify positive impacts.

The Nonprofit Center Impact Study

 Increasingly, NCN and nonprofit centers have been asked to provide more data, both quantitative and qualitative, about the benefits associated with co-location of nonprofit organizations as well as the broader impact of these centers. In response to this call for evidence-based research, NCN commissioned the first international impact study of shared nonprofit facilities.

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