Spaces for Good

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For years, NCCLF has been a leader in providing expert consulting services and resources that build the real estate and financial skills of nonprofits throughout Northern and Central California. These services complement our lending activities by ensuring that nonprofits are in a position to take on real estate projects when the demand for their services warrants it.  

As the Bay Area’s affordability crisis spiked in recent years, we knew that joining partners in the philanthropic, government, and private sectors would be necessary to really scale our work to meet the needs of nonprofits concerned about the ever-volatile Bay Area commercial real estate market.  With their support and insight, NCCLF developed spacesforgood.org, a free online space finding platform dedicated to meeting the commercial real estate needs of nonprofits in the Bay Area. NCCLF is excited to join with The Foundation Center and our other partners on Tuesday, January 30th from 5pm – 7pm as we officially launch the new service.

Spacesforgood.org allows agents to list space with the needs of Bay Area nonprofits in mind. In turn, nonprofits with unused space can generate revenue by listing their own available space.  The site includes additional resources that aid in their search, and our expert consultants are available for one-on-one assistance to users as well.

For nonprofits seeking space, the tool is timely.  For years now, we have been deeply engaged with the Northern California Grantmakers, a consortium of regional funders, to see how we could work together to address this issue.  In 2016, NCG released a report on nonprofit affordability in the Bay Area. Unsurprisingly, the report found steady increases in commercial real estate have pushed Bay Area office prices up to 122% of what they were five years prior. The report details that two-thirds of surveyed nonprofits will have to make a decision about moving in the next five years.  Fully 82% of those surveyed said that they are concerned about how the real estate market will impact their future programming.

NCCLF and our partners see spacesforgood.org as one more tool in the arsenal so nonprofits can remain in the neighborhoods they serve in the face of high rents, gentrification, and changing communities.  It’s not just about finding space – it’s also about nonprofits and our real estate allies coming together to collectively face these issues and empower each other and our communities.

So, if you have or seek nonprofit space, please visit spacesforgood.org today and join our community of nonprofits supporting each other.  Join us in partnership with the Foundation Center and our sponsors at the William & Flora Hewlett Foundation, Y&H Soda Foundation, and New Resource Bank on Tuesday, January 30, 2018 from 5:00PM – 7:00PM at the Foundation Center, 312 Sutter Street, San Francisco.  The event is free and open to the public. Registration is required.


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Joanne Lee is the director of consulting services and program development at NCCLF. Joanne has over twenty-five years of experience in non-profit management and services. Prior to joining NCCLF, she served as the Deputy Director of the Chinatown Community Development Center, overseeing finance, administration, human resources, affordable housing development, property and asset management departments.