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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

Community Resilience through Nonprofit Co-Location – Beginning with the End in Mind 

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.

Member Highlight: The Center for Nonprofits @ St. Mary’s

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.

June 2021 – Note From the Network

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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