New Public Governance & Co-Located Non-profit Centers (Shared Space Buildings) In US and Canada.
What is it about?
In this century, there has been noted growth among Co-located Non-profit Centers, which are shared buildings or sites where multiple nonprofits are collectively housed (Their tenants are mostly 501c3's in the U.S. and registered charities in Canada). In the U.S. and Canada, this arrangement usually gives these organizations better-quality space, promotes their efficiency through lower, affordable rents and shared resources, promotes their effectiveness by tenants' frequent collaboration and coordination, and improves staff morale through their cooperative environments, their proximity to peers, and in-house trainings and gatherings. Those providing direct services give more access and better services to the public and more clients. Their presence can also have a positive impact on surrounding physical environments.These centers are sometimes sponsored by charitable foundations or by nonprofits themselves, sometimes with support and resources from corporations, government, and others.
Why is it important?
1. These arrangements give nonprofits more financial stability within volatile real estate markets in some big cities, where rising rents are displacing them. 2. The majority of US nonprofits are small (have under $1 million in annual expenses), but they need professional space with up-to-date technology with which to further develop their organizations. 3. Many non-profit centers are now offering lower-priced coworking space for individual social entrepreneurs, giving them a more professional workspace than a coffeehouse. 4. New Public Governance calls for more inter-organizational collaboration and service networks, which Non-profit centers facilitate.
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