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Tides Canada selects Program Consultant team to develop NCN Canada program

For Release on June 2, 2016

Tides Canada selects Program Consultant team to develop NCN Canada program

Roman Katsnelson and Erin McFarlane of KRD Consulting in Calgary, AB have been engaged to lead efforts to grow shared spaces and social purpose real estate in Canada

Tides Canada and The Nonprofit Centers Network are pleased to announce the launch of The Nonprofit Centres Network Canada (NCN Canada) – a new program at Tides Canada, created to address the unique needs of Canadian organizations involved in nonprofit shared spaces and social purpose real estate projects. The Nonprofit Centers Network (NCN) – a United States based peer-learning community for nonprofits sharing space and other resources – is providing seed funding to catalyze this work

We are pleased to be leading this exploration of how to enhance the potential of shared spaces and social purpose real estate in Canada.

“We are pleased to be leading this exploration of how to enhance the potential of shared spaces and social purpose real estate in Canada. The NCN Canada program will leverage our experience with shared governance and administrative platforms and is part of our commitment to build prosperous economies that benefit all Canadians,” said Allison Andrachuk, Tides Canada’s Shared Platform Director.

After an extensive request for proposal process, The NCN Canada Steering Committee selected Roman Katsnelson and Erin McFarlane of KRD Consulting as the Program Consultant team for NCN Canada’s growth.

The request for proposal and scope of work were developed in conjunction with a volunteer committee that was formed at the Building Opportunities for Success: Social Purpose Real Estate Conference in Vancouver, BC. The committee then participated in four conference calls in the fall of 2015 to identify priorities for this contract based on their experience in their communities and in the field at large. KRD Consulting was chosen through a competitive process due to their experience with shared spaces and their emphasis on developing a thriving community of shared space practitioners across Canada.

“NCN is excited to support KRD Consulting in playing a critical role to strengthen nonprofit shared spaces in Canada and to provide seed funding for NCN Canada for this first year,” said Lara Jakubowski, NCN’s Executive Director and NCN Canada Steering Committee Member. “Although there is much overlap in the tools and resources needed to run a nonprofit shared space center in the US and Canada, we recognize that there are policy and issue areas specific to Canada. We hope the contract with KRD Consulting will result in an expansion of the critical work that our Canadian friends are undertaking.”

The NCN Canada program will create case studies, establish a Community of Practice, and develop a fundraising strategy to increase the sustainability of NCN Canada.

“I am absolutely thrilled to see this work develop traction with the engagement of KRD Consulting and the launch of the NCN Canada program at Tides Canada,” said Glen Newby, NCN Canada Steering Committee Co-Chairman and President and CEO of New Path Youth and Family Services. “The knowledge, skill, and expertise developed by NCN members over the years in both the US and Canada is truly exemplary. With the professional experience of KRD Consulting, the pan-Canadian project will bring together those learnings to benefit organizations and funders that have a focus on nonprofit shared spaces, community hubs, and social purpose real estate.”

About Tides Canada
Tides Canada is a national charity dedicated to a healthy environment, social equity, and economic prosperity for all Canadians. We collaborate with both donors and social change leaders, offering a platform for on-the-ground efforts to create uncommon solutions for the common good. Since 2000, Tides Canada has built bridges between and among sectors, steering more philanthropy into innovative efforts to address tough environmental and social challenges.

About The Nonprofit Centers Network
The Nonprofit Centers Network (NCN) is the premiere learning community for nonprofit resource sharing. NCN is a peer-sourced network of 170 members throughout North America that shares best practices around mission-driven shared space and shared services. We believe nonprofit resource sharing makes nonprofits more effective and more efficient in achieving their goals. NCN makes it easier for nonprofits to create, maintain and replicate shared space centers and shared service entities through trainings, conferences, online resources (tools and templates), networking and consulting. NCN is based in Denver, CO, the home to the largest concentration of nonprofit shared space centers in the United States.

About KRD Consulting
KRD Consulting Group is a Calgary-based consultancy with a decade-long track record of supporting teams and collaborations in the non-profit and social good sectors. KRD’s focus areas include Community/Economic Development, organizational development, learning evaluations, web-based collaboration and data design and management. They are driven by the challenge to bridge these multiple areas of expertise and liaise between different perspectives to bring forth a system-aware, human-centred approach to support learning-based development.

The KRD team includes Roman Katsnelson and Erin McFarlane. Roman Katsnelson has over 10 years of successful experience in leadership positions across the non-profit, public and private sectors in Calgary, San Francisco, and New York City. Roman holds a BA in Philosophy from Fordham University and an MBA in Community Economic Development from Cape Breton University. Erin McFarlane, BA MSW, has six years’ experience working within the CommunityWise Resource Centre, a multi-sector nonprofit centre in Calgary, AB. Erin holds a Master of Social Work degree in Community Development and is a Registered Social Worker.

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