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Funders

The philanthropic funding community is uniquely positioned to see the challenges and opportunities of the nonprofit sector at a macro level.  Perhaps you’ve been approached by grantees with an out-of-the-box idea for creating a hub of community activity, and you aren’t sure how to evaluate their plan. Maybe you’re seeing patterns of duplication across your community, but don’t know how to start moving the conversation to deeper collaborations.  The Nonprofit Centers Network can help you channel the latest thinking around streamlining overhead while increasing impact into your grantmaking. We are happy to support you and your grantees in a variety of ways, from feasibility studies to presenting the latest research on shared resources, and much in between. Contact us at info@nonprofitcenters.org today!

25% of nonprofit centers are created by foundations

NCN has consulted to 24 foundations and funders

NCN has trained and educated over 100 funders and local government representatives in the past three years on shared space and services

Project Review

NCN can provide expert input on a specific project. We will review all materials and documents and conduct interviews as requested to generate a list of key questions to be resolved and a list of recommendations for next steps. Includes a site analysis and financial sustainability review.

Collaboration Launchpad

Collaboration Launch PadDoes your project need more organization around how partners will work together? NCN can facilitate a half-day session to get all of your partners talking about their goals, their strengths and challenges, and how they can work together. All participants walk away with a commitment to collaboration, or at least a commitment to start walking the path to working together.

Space/Design Consultation

We work with experts who can help you visualize how a project can be laid out and how to use space most efficiently.

Preliminary Feasibility Visit

NCN is available to travel to your project to give in-person feedback on location, community integration, design considerations and business model options.

Presentation on Shared Resources

Let us share with you and your staff the best practices we’ve learned about nonprofits sharing space and back-office resources

Funder Case Studies

The Future of Workspace

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.

Member Highlight: IFF

IFF’s mission is to strengthen nonprofits and the communities they serve by providing leadership, capital, and real estate solutions. We are a mission-driven lender, real estate consultant, and developer that helps communities thrive by creating opportunities for low-income communities and people with disabilities. Key to our success has been a deep sense of purpose, a broad perspective, and a relentless focus on achieving positive results. Social return can coincide with financial return.

We help clients from every sector, including human service agencies, health centers, schools, housing developers, and grocery stores. Our staff of more than 100 work from our Chicago headquarters, and we also serve the Midwest from six regional offices: Indianapolis, IN; Detroit, MI; Kansas City, MO; St. Louis, MO; Columbus, OH; and Milwaukee, WI.

IFF is a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) certified by the U.S. Department of the Treasury, and the largest nonprofit CDFI in the Midwest.

Member Highlight: Shared Spaces – Mankato Area Foundation

Shared Spaces – A Center for Nonprofit Collaboration, owned and managed by the Mankato Area Foundation (MAF), opened its doors in 2015 with a full roster of long-term tenants. Located in the heart of City Center Mankato, Shared Spaces’ goal is to raise the visibility and professionalism of the local sector. As a hub of nonprofit activity, our center is a space where organizations share resources, easily connect and interact with each other, and host volunteers and stakeholder meetings throughout our various conference rooms.

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