Nonprofit Displacement Project News
Foundation Center West created a tool, Foundation Maps California, to visualize Northern California's philanthropy data. Their series on nonprofit displacement brings together our shared interest in the use of data to better understand philanthropy's impact on the region and the issue of nonprofit displacement.
While five steps alone won’t solve the entire displacement crisis, these immediate actions will keep the nonprofits we love from closing their doors on the communities they serve.
We invite you to take a look at our year’s NCG's 2016 Annual (Not)-Report, to spot some great people doing great work.
Unaffordable office space can be destabilizing – particularly in the Bay Area. In the four years between 2011 and 2014, over 1,800 nonprofits left San Francisco. While this phenomena does not just impact San Francisco and Oakland, these areas are the hardest hit in terms of rent increases. Luckily, various institutions are advancing solutions to the crisis, some of which are long-term in scope:
This feature article by Inside Philanthropy reminds colleagues in the sector of the ongoing pressures caused by nonprofit displacement. NCG, together with The San Francisco Foundation and other partners, established the nonprofit displacement crisis as a regional issue with the release of our report last year. This article highlights the Nonprofit Displacement Project briefings and report.
The Bay Area’s real estate boom is on full display from our office windows. The dizzying new Salesforce tower gleams over the city, and smaller skyscrapers are quickly sprouting up in the blocks around it. Across the Bay, Oakland is seeing historically low office vacancy rates and, like San Francisco, skyrocketing rents. Developers in Oakland are renovating older buildings in downtown and uptown, many that have housed nonprofits, to convert into Class A office properties. All of this construction will create new market rate office space and will likely continue to attract more companies to our region.
The Kenneth Rainin Foundation is not alone in wondering how to make more of its dollars and influence to help organizations stay put as rents continue to soar across the Bay Area. Hear from Shelley Trott at the Kenneth Rainin Foundation on the story of its big bet, the risks they took, and the payoff for Bay Area arts organizations.
More than 40 years ago, changes in federal funding practices undermined nonprofits dependent on those funds to maintain steady cash flow and financial stability. To address this, a group of local funders...