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Shared Space and The New Nonprofit Workplace


While the economy has boomed since the Great Recession, so too have real estate rents and gentrification in cities across North America; nonprofits priced out of formerly affordable neighborhoods lack adequate workplaces to meet their missions. Shared Space and the New Nonprofit Workplace presents a comprehensive overview of shared space as an innovative model and effective long-term solution for nonprofit organizations’ need for stable and affordable office and program space. In particular, it focuses on co-locating multiple nonprofits in shared spaces, often called nonprofit centers, with shared services and a collaborative culture.

This comprehensive resource provides a practical road map to develop new workspaces; documents benefits for nonprofit staff, organizations, and their communities; presents challenges and solutions from successful nonprofit shared spaces; and considers nonprofit centers’ history and future trends. Further, it offers nonprofits an opportunity to engage in forward-thinking practices, such as collaborative service delivery, green building operations, and cross-sector alliances.

The book will be useful to nonprofit executives, staff and board members, foundations, philanthropists, real estate and urban planning professionals interested in creating these projects, and researchers and students of the nonprofit sector.

Order on Amazon or on Oxford University Press.

Quotes About The Book

“The reality is most nonprofits are far too under-resourced to tackle their missions alone. Shared space and services hold the key to transforming our sector, driving more efficiency and effectiveness, and unlocking greater shared impact. I can only imagine how many hassles and headaches we could have avoided if it was around when we started! Anyone who wants to be on the leading edge of the nonprofit sector should read this book now.”

Nada Zohdy is Director of the Open Gov Hub in Washington, D.C.

“Finally! A comprehensive how-to and reference guide for creating a community-centric nonprofit center. This resource has been sorely needed in this booming nonprofit field. The authors and contributing writers are leaders in the field and any reader would find the contents not only useful, but transformative.”

Kameron P. Hodgens, Ph.D.
Executive Director/CEO, The Glasser/Schoenbaum Human Services Center

“Our company, Urbanspace Property Group, has created and operated Toronto social purpose real estate for more than 25 years and I’ve seen firsthand how shared space can transform and allows organizations to flourish. A wonderful resource, written by three of the original pioneers of that movement that builds on the lessons of early adopters from both the real estate and not-for-profit sectors.”

Margaret Zeidler, Urbanspace,
Founder, 401 Richmond and Co-Founder, Centre for Social Innovation 

“Economists like to talk about “economies of scale and scope”.  Shared Space and the New Nonprofit Workplace brings these ideas alive for nonprofit organizations, through nonprofit centers that offer shared services, opportunities for collaboration and innovation, one-stop shopping for their clients, and creative use of real estate to pursue their missions efficiently and effectively. A path breaking book with numerous illustrative case studies and recommendations for policy and practice.” 

Dennis R. Young
Emeritus Professor, Georgia State University
Editor-in-Chief, Nonprofit Policy Forum
Visiting Professor, Mandel School, Case Western Reserve University


China Brotsky, a serial social entrepreneur in the charitable sector in the United States and Canada, has created multiple nonprofit centers and shared services programs.

Sarah M. Eisinger, MS, LEED AP (BD+C), is Vice President of Real Estate at MassDevelopment.

Diane Vinokur-Kaplan, PhD, MSW, is Associate Professor Emerita at the University of Michigan School of Social Work.

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