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.
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.
Survey of Santa Clara & San Mateo Nonprofit Space and Facilities
NCG is conducting a survey to gain a deeper understanding of the physical spaces that nonprofits use in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties, and if and/or how they are dealing with displacement due to increases in the cost of office space. The findings of this survey will help Northern California Grantmakers’ Nonprofit Displacement Project develop a more cohesive, data-driven approach to developing policy and funding responses to this problem, and keep this issue on the radar of policy makers, government, and companies. NCG will share the results of this survey in the fall of 2018.
- 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