March 31, 2020
We hope that all of you, your loved ones, your colleagues, and surrounding communities are and remain healthy during this unprecedented time.
The Nonprofit Centers Network (NCN) was born out of a small convening of nonprofit center operators in the San Francisco Bay Area in the early 2000’s. For more than 10 years, Tides provided a home and a living laboratory for the Nonprofit Centers Network program. Drawing from Tides’ experience in developing nonprofit centers, as well as the dedicated work by NCN’s founding Steering Committee, NCN grew from an informal network into a vibrant membership association and capacity-building organization.
In 2013, NCN left Tides to become a fiscally sponsored project of Third Sector New England (TSNE), a long-standing member of the Network and supporter of shared space. In order to support their presence across multiple regions, their headquarters relocated to Denver, Colorado, home to a vibrant community of nonprofit centers and the first city-wide effort to build the capacity of nonprofits through shared space.
NCN has grown into a peer-sourced network of 150+ members throughout North America that promotes best practices around mission-driven shared space and services. In late 2019, after several years under the capable fiscal sponsorship of Third Sector New England, NCN’s Steering Committee began considering an alternative approach to advancing the mission of the organization. They approached Tides’ Real Estate team to see if there was a place for a program within the real estate offerings under Tides Network. Tides immediately embraced this idea and the two organizations have been working to make the change happen. This change will be effective at the end of March.
As some of you already know, Katie Edwards left her role as Executive Director of NCN earlier this year. Everyone in NCN’s orbit owes Katie a debt of gratitude for her commitment, thought leadership, and enthusiasm. She will be missed and we hope that Katie will remain a part of the NCN community. Since that time, David Schrayer and Alexis Paza, Tides’ Director and Senior Manager of Real Estate & Operations, respectively, have assumed co-leadership of NCN in close partnership with the NCN Steering Committee. Leena Waite will transition into a new role of Consulting Coordinator and NCN will be hiring a Membership and Events Coordinator in coming months. Jackie Cefola will also continue supporting NCN’s consulting program.
Tides currently operates two nonprofit workspaces and shares deep mission alignment with NCN; both organizations envision a future when every nonprofit organization has access to the high-quality, affordable workspace it needs to support healthy, vibrant communities.
Leveraging Tides’ infrastructure and expertise, NCN is even better positioned to be the most robust peer-sourced resource for organizations and communities developing and operating social purpose real estate projects in North America. In this transition, NCN is prioritizing continuity of services to its members and consulting clients; this includes NCN’s trademark programming that fosters vibrant connections within the network such as the “Ask NCN” listserv, the online resource library, webinars, and in-person convenings (as soon as we’re able). And, as with any moment of evolution, this is also an opportunity to re-imagine pieces of NCN: what might new ways of engagement and activation of NCN’s vast community look like?
We look forward to working alongside of you in the coming years to build expertise, community, and impact within the nonprofit shared space and shared services fields. Please don’t hesitate to contact David or Lexi with any questions.
Debra Box and Jeff Good, Co-Chairs of The Nonprofit Centers Network Steering Committee