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Learn about Shared Space & Services

The power to change the world lies in the ability of people to come together, share ideas, and work to make their visions real.

Too often activists and community organizations do not have the workspace or support services they need to move forward their mission, grow their community, or support a larger movement. Volatile real estate markets and limited budgets make it difficult for nonprofits to maintain affordable workspace and retain professional staff.  In the changing economic reality, ensuring our nonprofit sector has quality, efficient operations is critical.

Across North America and around the globe, thousands of community, philanthropic, government and private sector leaders are investing in nonprofit shared services and building projects to promote healthy, vibrant communities. Through our creation, operation, and promotion of sustainable workspace and administrative services for nonprofits, Tides has taken the lead in this burgeoning movement. We partner with institutions and individuals like you to create long-term solutions to the nonprofit space and infrastructure crisis.

We are committed to creating quality, stable workspace, shared services and programmatic collaborations for social change nonprofits. We support nonprofit centers and shared service organizations through peer education, consulting and advisory services to nonprofit practitioners and their philanthropic, government and business partners.
 

The Nonprofit Centers Network

The Nonprofit Centers Network (NCN)  is an international community of nonprofit center leaders, foundations, and professionals from the financial, real estate, and public sectors who are committed to increasing the capacity and effectiveness of the nonprofit sector by developing and maintaining multi-tenant nonprofit centers and other quality nonprofit workspaces.  

Due to an increased demand for ongoing education around shared spaces and because of Tides’ pioneering experience developing the Thoreau Center for Sustainability in San Francisco in 1996, Tides facilitated the development of the Nonprofit Centers Network in 2001. For more than 10 years, Tides has provided a home and a living laboratory for the Nonprofit Centers Network.  Drawing from Tides’ experience in developing nonprofit centers, as well as the dedicated work by NCN’s founding Steering Committee, NCN grew from an informal network into a vibrant membership association and capacity building organization. The Nonprofit Centers Network successfully launched as an independent project in 2013.

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Impact Story

Related Publications

  • Measuring Collaborations: The Benefits and Impacts of Nonprofit Centers
    The first study to measure the economic, environmental, and community impacts of nonprofit centers. It reveals the value of shared space and services and the keys to meaningful impact.
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