The Nonprofit Centers Network

The Nonprofit Centers Network (NCN) was born out of a small convening of nonprofit center operators in the San Francisco Bay Area in 2001.  While shared nonprofit workspace wasn’t a new concept, a growing trend of new shared spaces to create synergies and cost efficiencies was emerging across North America. Sensing the power of collaborative workspace, these nonprofit center operators came together to discuss best practices, share lessons learned, and create a network of ongoing support for developing and established shared space projects alike. The first convening, known as Collaborating for Success, blossomed into a thriving peer learning community.  Tides, home to its own multi-tenant nonprofit center, the Thoreau Center for Sustainability, facilitated the development of the Nonprofit Centers Network.  In 2004, the Nonprofit Centers Network formally opened its doors. 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. In 2013, NCN launched as an independent project.


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