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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

Alliance for Sustainable Colorado

After opening in 2004, the 40,000 square foot Alliance Center, owned by The Alliance for Sustainable Colorado, began experiencing problems with its HVAC system. In 2010, The Alliance began making plans to repair the HVAC system, and decided to take this opportunity to deepen the center’s commitment to environmental sustainability and pursue a LEED platinum certification

Mankato Area Foundation

Shared Spaces is a 9,200 square foot center in Mankato, Minnesota, owned and managed by the Mankato Area Foundation. The center hosts 7 nonprofits with about 35 staff plus interns: United Way, Mankato Area Foundation, YWCA, Diversity Council, Minnesota Council of Nonprofits, and Miracle League of North Mankato. The center itself is primarily administrative; direct services are not offered at the center itself.

House of Neighborly Service

In September of 2014, the House of Neighborly Service submitted a grant request to the Boettcher Foundation for $150,000 to go toward the building of the HNS Life Center. The center was to house multiple nonprofits who would collectively provide what HNS Grant Specialist Sarah Morales calls “one-stop-shopping” for those in need, including school readiness services for children, a food pantry, and other services.

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