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David Schrayer
18/Oct/2021

As you contemplate your next office space, take advantage of NCN’s updated guidelines for leasing. Co-Director David Schrayer offers 7 tips around planning ahead, budgeting, enlisting expert help and preparing for the unknowns, including one unexpected bonus suggestion at the end. Read on so you’re ready to seize the opportunity when it becomes available – and maybe that space will just happen to be in a nonprofit center! 7 Leasing Tips for Nonprofits Tip 1: Plan ahead


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NTC Foundation was established in 2000 as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit to enrich the lives of San Diegans by renovating this signature community asset and creating, facilitating, and operating ARTS DISTRICT as a 100-acre creative district. Visitors experience the arts, culture, creativity, and cuisine that are the hallmarks of the San Diego region and enjoy innovative experiences in a historic setting at Liberty Station that inspire lives for generations to come. Thanks to community and donor support, NTC Foundation is working to advance ARTS DISTRICT to be (1) a center for arts, culture, and creativity that offers innovative experiences to both residents and visitors, (2) a creative hub for San Diego’s nonprofits and artists, (3) a dynamic destination for children and families, and (4) a historical showcase that honors the city’s Navy heritage.


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06/Oct/2021

Why should my organization belong to a shared space? What can we accomplish here by being in proximity with one another, that we could not do alone? Why does our community need this space? NCN encourages addressing this through a collective Statement of Purpose exercise for a future shared space, by thinking about who is served/engaged, what will be provided and what the impact will be.


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Ventura Partners provides CRE services for community benefit, working with non-profit organizations. We support local communities by teaming with partners to for efficient, effective, and thoughtful use of resources. Drawing upon experience with a variety of buildings and the organizations they house, Ventura Partners customizes services to the needs of each project. This can take the form of comprehensive planning and development, property and facilities management, or more targeted problem solving. No matter the scope, we/they always approach our/their work with an eye to the long-term sustainability of community assets. Current projects include: EPACENTER, a brand-new facility in East Palo Alto run by a nonprofit organization for creative youth development; Impact Justice, a national innovation and research center for justice reform; Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, organizing with Black, Brown, and low-income people to shift resources restoratively; and CAST (Community Arts Stabilization Trust), innovating finance for community and cultural art sustainability.


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Teal Street Center (TSC) is a multi-tenant nonprofit facility designed to offer accessible, coordinated social services in Juneau, Alaska. The 12,400 sq. ft. project will be the permanent home for eight nonprofit organizations that serve seniors, those experiencing physical or mental health disabilities, at-risk youth, veterans, cancer patients, and low-income individuals and families. TSC is designed to be a social services hub set in the heart of a high-needs population. Our building will be adjacent to Juneau’s newly opened homeless shelter. Transitional and low-income senior housing units are on the opposite side of our project.


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Pat Smith, Founder and CEO Serve Denton, Denton, TX NCN Steering Committee Member
29/Jul/2021

When seasons of severe challenges hit your community, where will you turn? Community resilience is best done at the local level, informed by the direct interactions between citizens, government, nonprofits, education, churches, and businesses. Nonprofit centers such as Serve Denton are evidence of this. It’s a one-stop shop that offers colocation and networking to ensure people who are in need in Denton County can easily find help. Now more than ever, it's crucial for communities to initiate a forward-thinking approach to growing resilient communities. Our communities rely on this planning of meeting current and future needs to sustain their resiliency. The adage is true: if you fail to plan, you plan to fail.


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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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21/Jun/2021

For those of us that already live shared space, it is easy to list the benefits for the residing nonprofits and their communities. For those pursuing the concept, you may still be in the process of shopping the idea around and convincing local funders about the variety of benefits: opportunities to increase collaboration, access to quality office and meeting space and basic shared services, a one-stop shop for services, advocacy, and/or community gatherings, and more. NCN was fortunate to have representatives from three foundations that “get it” as panelists on our most recent webinar, “Can Foundations Lead the Social Purpose Real Estate Movement?” All three foundations championed shared space in their community as an efficient and effective way to support nonprofits, human service organizations, small businesses, and ultimately, their community.


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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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