Thriving communities with equitable access to opportunities, healthy cultural institutions, positive social connections and a network of supportive services are tied to a strong nonprofit infrastructure. And long-term nonprofit stability and sustainability is inexorably tied to affordable and stable office space. This is the central tenet of the Nonprofit Displacement Project.
What began as a funder briefing on displacement evolved into a research project and now an effort to address the issue of displacement. A multi-stakeholder group including nonprofits, funders, philanthropy, and private interests are now working together to advance solutions to the growing problem of affordable space for nonprofits.
To address displacement requires a multi-pronged effort that includes:
- Identifying and creating affordable office spaces for nonprofits
- Providing technical assistance and capacity building that will assist nonprofits to navigate leasing, acquisition, and development of affordable space
- Policy approaches that mitigate displacement, support creation of nonprofit spaces, and provide funding to address the need for affordable space
- Changes in funding practices that speak to the real cost of operating and providing services
We recognize that this long-term problem requires not just attention during this critical time when commercial rents have skyrocketed but ongoing attentiveness to the cyclical issue. The Nonprofit Displacement Project intends to bring attention to both what can be done today and be forward looking to identify how we address the long-term sustainability of nonprofits.
Report, Addendum and Solutions
The Nonprofit Displacement Project working group advances its work through these subcommittees: Policy, Creating Space, and Funding Strategy. Members of the working group are supporting the following solutions:
Spaces for Good is a free, online space listing platform for nonprofits. The platform allows nonprofits, real estate brokers, landlords, and event venues to advertise their space available to nonprofits for short-term, long-term, or temporary use. Members of the Nonprofit Displacement Project working group supported the development of this platform to meet a need shared by nonprofits in the Nonprofit Displacement report.
All Good Work connects nonprofits and social enterprises to donated office space - starting with coworking spaces and business centers - in Silicon Valley. The model seeks to mitigate nonprofit displacement in the Bay Area's challenging real estate environment, lower the cost of innovation in the social sector, and enable workforce decentralization that can broaden the reach of vital programs.
Real Estate Readiness Program Silicon Valley is the Northern California Community Loan Fund's highly regarded program that builds the capacity of organizations located in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties.
Report on Santa Clara & San Mateo Nonprofit Space and Facilities
In order to gain a deeper understanding of the impact of the real estate market on nonprofits in Silicon Valley and their concerns about the future, NCG conducted a survey in May 2018 of nonprofits in San Mateo County and Santa Clara County. The findings of this survey will inform the Nonprofit Displacement Project as it develops responses to the issue, and will be used to engage local partners in advancing solutions. You can view the report here.
- San jose Inside, January 2, 2019: Donated Workspace Helps South Bay Nonprofits Stay Local Despite Skyrocketing Rents
- The Daily Journal, December 29, 2018: Nonprofits struggle with growing rents
- All Work, November 21, 2018: Co-working Foundation, All Good Work, Begins New Chapter in Silicon Valley
- East Bay Times, Januay 12, 2018: How a new website could help Bay Area nonprofits find affordable space
- The Mercury News, January 10, 2018: San Jose Approves Japantown arts center
- Fast Company, January 3, 2018: Creating “A Service Economy That Actually Serves People, And A Justice System That Is Actually Just”
- Mission Local, December 19, 2017: Nonprofit buys decaying building at 18th and Mission streets
- East Bay Times, November 18, 2017: Bay Area organizations work to protect nonprofits from displacement
- East Bay Express, June 30, 2017: Rising Rents Threaten to Displace Oakland Nonprofits
- KALW Local Public Radio, June 29, 2017: Your Call: Can nonprofits survive the real estate crisis?
- Oakland Post, June 8, 2017: Will City Act to Keep Nonprofits from Being Forced Out of Oakland?
- Hoodline, May 26, 2017: 13 Nonprofits Receive City Funding to Stay in San Francisco
- San Francisco Chronicle, April 22, 2017: Oakland sees exodus of nonprofits from downtown as market booms
- San Francisco Business Times, March 29, 2017: Oakland's booming office market squeezes nonprofits
- Inside Philanthropy, March 9, 2017: Risky Real Estate: What Can Funders Do About Nonprofit Displacement?
- Hoodline, February 22, 2017: Applications Now Open for $2.7 Million in Nonprofit Stabilization Grants
- San Francisco Examiner, February 22, 2017: SF allocates $2.7 million to support the preservation of nonprofit spaces
- San Francisco Chronicle: February 1, 2017: SF Complex planned to permanently house social service nonprofits
- Oakland Post, November 4, 2016: Bay Area Nonprofits Fight to Stay Local
- KTSF 26, March 10, 2016: High rents threaten non-profits across the Bay Area
- KQED Arts, March 9, 2016: New Survey Shows real Estate Boom Threat to Non Profits is Bay-Wide
- San Francisco Business Times, March 9, 2016: Seven in 10 Bay Area nonprofits say skyrocketing real estate costs threaten their future here