Why Nonprofit Offices Should Include Shared Space: Key Considerations When Your Organization Gets Into Real Estate

By Saul Ettlin, Collaboration + Space Manager, Tides

Your nonprofit organization has reached an exciting turning point: you’re ready to get out of the rental market and build a lasting asset. Organizational leadership has signed off on buying or constructing a building or office space for your organization, and you’re starting to move through the flurry of feasibility studies and financing options. That’s great for your organization, but here’s why you need to include shared space for other organizations as part of...


Investing in Shared Space for Nonprofits Needs to be a Priority

Nonprofit displacement is a big part of today’s real estate crunch.

By Saul Ettlin and Kim Sarnecki

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In a time when nonprofits in cities like San Francisco, New York, Denver and Vancouver are being pushed out because of rent increases of up to 50%, investing in social purpose real estate, in the form of shared spaces for nonprofits, needs to be bumped up the capacity-building funding food chain. This week, Northern California Grantmakers, the San...


Three SF Artists Explore Currents and the Force of Water Around Us

Tides invited three long-time San Francisco artists, Jennifer Ewing, Reddy Lieb and Leo Germano, to create work with an environmental theme and they chose “Currents: Visible and Invisible Forces that Move Us” to guide their vision. The China Brotsky Gallery at Thoreau Center in The Presidio, being so close to the Golden Gate Bridge and comprised of a long corridor, informed the way they used the space to tell their stories in various media. Walking down the gallery one can find a story unfolding about...


Creating Shared Value in the Real Estate Industry

“You gotta spend money to make money.” It’s a familiar phrase, and whether you’re a company spending millions on advertising or a nonprofit paying a full-time grant writer, new income comes at a price.  But what if we replace the word “spend” with “give”? Imagine the resources that would be unleashed if philanthropy became an integral part of profitable commerce, rather than simply an afterthought.  Investing In Communities' model allows real estate professionals to replace traditional business development costs with client-directed philanthropy.

Sustaining Self in a Life of Institution - Banned Books Week Essay Contest Winner

Congratulations to Gemma Baumer, the winner of the Thoreau Center for Sustainability's Student Essay Contest, sponsored by the Whole Earth Library.  The contest is a commemoration of Banned Books Week and is held in conjunction with The Bay School of San Francisco.  This year's essay contest encouraged students to consider how intellectual freedom relates to the concerns of sustainability such as ecological protection, economic security, democracy, and social justice.

Share Space for Efficiency and Effectiveness

One of the most significant costs for any organization is the price of office space and back-end services. Collaboration through shared space can help maximize your operating budget while at the same time providing unexpected benefits.  Learn more from China Brotsky, Senior Vice-President at Tides and Managing Director of Tides Shared Spaces, who recently contributed a "Tip of the Week" to the Nonprofits 101 Resource Center blog.

Sendai Miyagi NPO Center a Lifeline in Japan

While we often assert that Nonprofit Centers are valuable assets to the communities they serve, the tragedy in Japan has reminded us just how true that is.  The Sendai Miyagi NPO Center in Sendai, Japan is located in one of the epicenters of the devastating earthquake.  In its aftermath, the NPO Center has become a de facto lifeline for that ravaged community.  As you can see from their web site, the Center is serving as a critical resource to help people find lost loved ones, access basic social services, and coordinate the...


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Reflections on 10 Years of Building Opportunities

In 2007 a group of Carbondale, Colorado residents had a vision that an empty elementary school building could become a dynamic community resource filled with artist studios, social service offices, and meeting space for organizations, businesses, neighborhood groups and environmentalists of all kinds. With the town's vision and ongoing support, a broad partnership grew that included a local developer, an architect, a community development corporation, a local bank, and a social entrepreneurship fund. Rather than start from scratch, this group decided to see if anyone else had tried this idea and what they could learn from them.


Join Tides Next Week in Charlotte

Tides is pleased to participate in the 2010 Community Foundations Fall Conference in Charlotte, NC.  Be sure to check out one of two sessions where Tides will present on innovative shared space and services for nonprofits, and stop by Exhibit hall Booth #401 to say hello!  We hope to see you in Charlotte.

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