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The Center for Nonprofits @ St. Mary’s is the largest nonprofit center in North America -- with over 300,000 square feet of facilities on 13 acres. We house 57 nonprofit organizations on the property. We are a multi-partner organization that offers health, education, and human services to people living in Northwest Arkansas. Our focus is to provide below-market-rate leases for nonprofit organizations in spaces that encourage collaboration and allow easy public access for services. The Center for Nonprofits @ St. Mary’s provides increased capacity for these organizations through additional spaces like classrooms, meeting rooms, plus building amenities, as well as facility support services.


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SVCreates seeks to address the signficant challenges arts organizations face in finding affordable, permanent space in Silicon Valley by championing a distributed network of shared, multi-tenant facilities which bring arts groups and artists together to share resources and build community. SVCreates First Street Arts Hub is a 7500 SF open floor plan office space shared by six arts organizations and creatives and includes a live streaming studio (installed during COVID) for use by San Jose Jazz and others.



Last month, NCN launched our Regional Chapters meetups with 10 chapters across the US and Canada. The theme that I heard over and over again in this first meetup - community. At the most basic level, the Nonprofit Centers Network is a community of people who envision a world where every nonprofit has access to a quality workspace and quality infrastructure to deliver on their mission. In our 10 Regional Chapter launches, I saw 10 different regional communities start to come together to learn from each other, and share how they create and support their own communities in their nonprofit centers.


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ISSofBC is one of the largest immigrant-serving agencies in Canada, with a national and international reputation in the field of migrant issues and services for immigrants and refugees. Every year, ISSofBC supports more than 20,000 people with a broad range of services through 14 offices located in Metro Vancouver and across BC. Streamlined access to care is a major need among newcomers, especially those with significant language, cultural and financial barriers. ISSofBC has had a long-held vision to address this need. With the support of selected community organizations with shared values, as well as funding support from government and the private sector, ISSofBC opened the ISSofBC Welcome Centre in Vancouver in 2016. The Centre houses 58,000 sq ft of residential units and support services delivered by ISSofBC and co-located community organizations including the VanCity Credit Union, Vancouver Association of Survivors of Torture (VAST), Mount Pleasant Family Centre Society, the Lower Mainland Urgent and Primary Care Centre and the Immigration and Refugee Legal Clinic. Building on the success of this model, ISSofBC opened the ISSofBC Welcome Centre in Surrey in 2019.


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Our mission at Bookr is to empower nonprofits to use their data more efficiently - to tell better stories with data, obtain additional grant funding, and optimize existing funds. Bookr is both a service and a technology, with an emphasis on service. We are here to support your team and your organization in its efforts to optimize growth and impact.


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Jackie Cefola, principal of Jackie Cefola Consulting and Andrea Shapiro, principal of Andrea Shapiro Consulting
19/Apr/2021

The COVID-19 pandemic is changing our understanding of the workplace. As nonprofit centers and their tenant organizations prepare to reopen for in-person operations, there will be many new health and safety protocols to implement. There may also be opportunities for workers to continue virtual work arrangements or flexible scheduling, reducing workspace density. These strategies have potential to vastly impact nonprofit center and tenant facilities, operations, workspaces, and cultures now and in the long-term. This is a very complex situation to plan for but as advisors to organizations considering new workplace strategies, we suggest that the place to start is to proactively seek feedback from staff to better understand, from their point of view, what will be needed to support a workplace that is safe, healthy, comfortable, and productive.


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Lexi Paza, Co-Director
24/Mar/2021

Our friends at the Northern California Grantmakers (NCG) recently published a report on COVID19 impacts on nonprofit real estate. The report is a part of NCG’s effort to understand and address nonprofit displacement in the San Francisco Bay Area and was done in partnership with Harder+Company Community Research. The Bay Area’s pandemic shelter-in-place order, issued almost exactly one year ago, was one of the first issued as well as the most stringent in the country. This makes the pandemic’s economic consequences on Bay Area nonprofits and their ability to sustain mission-enhancing workspaces particularly compelling.


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The CF Campus opened in January of 2019 as a shared space for community advancement in Tucson, Arizona. Our nonprofit campus spans more than 24,000 square feet across three buildings with a central courtyard. The CF Campus includes short-term private offices, long-term suites, drop-in work spaces, mailboxes, multiple conference rooms, common areas, and event spaces. CF Campus was created by the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona (CFSA)whose headquarters are located on the second floor. Along with CFSA, there are more than fifteen nonprofit organizations that rent office space or utilize mailbox services.


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Lexi Paza, Co-Director
10/Mar/2021

For those of us running a nonprofit center, the myriad daily decisions -- troubleshooting HVAC issues, managing tenant improvement projects, determining where to store all that hand sanitizer -- can seemingly occupy our whole brains. It’s easy to forget that we’re part of a movement: a movement of social purpose real estate. Social purpose real estate, or SPRE, is broadly defined as spaces that serve the common good such as public parks, affordable housing, libraries, museums, and, of course, community-serving workspaces, i.e., nonprofit centers. At NCN we’ve recently been refocusing ourselves on this movement.


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Lexi Paza, Co-Director
22/Feb/2021

Around every corner seems to be another opinion on the future of workspace. The sector is certainly ripe for speculation, given that commercial real estate continues to be one of the most impacted industries of the pandemic. As I've consumed article after article, some themes have emerged. First, many workers will choose not to (or cannot, because of transit or childcare) return to offices in dense urban cores, at least not every day and not anytime soon. This is mostly linked to shifts in priorities around affordability and quality of life, especially among workers 25 to 40. Companies that can employ a hybrid model wherein some employees work in the metropolitan headquarters while others are based out of smaller satellite offices in lower-density geographies -- but all with some work-from-home flexibility -- will likely do just that. Next, workspaces must prioritize human connection, physical health/safety, and shared values, three critically important elements of our 2020 experience, to attract workers who will now have a choice on where and when to work.  Buildings will need to offer dynamic meeting spaces that blend the physical and the digital alongside demised private spaces that provide a safe and quiet environment for focusing in ways that can rarely be achieved in most of our homes.  And, finally, a hope of my own: in an era when our collective social consciousness has grown in unimaginable ways and seemingly every company on the planet is regularly issuing statements about values, now is the time for our workplaces to also have a conscience.


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