Nonprofits based or operating in Silicon Valley face a problem of escalating costs and, for many, a resulting displacement of their offices and programs.
As part of the Community and Opportunity program, the Heising-Simons Foundation has supported the development of resources for nonprofits facing facility challenges or growing out of their current workspaces. Below are some of these new resources that may be of interest to you—please also feel free to share this information with other nonprofits that may find it helpful.
Real Estate Readiness Program – Silicon Valley is a free workshop series for nonprofits in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties. The series is run by the Northern California Community Loan Fund, and includes workshops on:
- Organizational Capacity and Space Planning (November 7, 2018);
- Budgeting for Your New Facility and Lease/Purchase Negotiations (December 5, 2018);
- Site Evaluation, Financing, and Assembling Your Project Team (January 8, 2019).
The application deadline for the workshops is October 31, 2018. A limited number of technical assistance hours will also be available to organizations who complete the series and are prepared to move forward on a real estate project.
All Good Work is launching a network of donated coworking spaces for social impact in Silicon Valley, with the goal of securing 100 workspaces in the coming year. The launch event for this initiative takes place on November 14, and details can be found here.
Spaces for Good is a free, online platform launched by the Northern California Community Loan Fund that helps Bay Area nonprofits list and locate affordable office and event workspaces––whether for short, one-time engagements, or for longer and more traditional leases.