How can an organization find low cost or shared office space?
For nonprofits on a budget, finding a place to call home can be a challenge. But you have more options than you think.
Start by reaching out to nonprofit networks for direction. Many networks across the country support incubator-style work centers where nonprofits gather to share resources and ideas. The NonprofitCenters Network (www.nonprofitcenters.org), for example, is dedicated to supporting the development of multi-tenant nonprofit centers. To further this mission, they offer a searchable database advertising multi-tenant workspaces designed specifically to support nonprofit needs.
Virtual office services or executive co-working centers can also be a cost-effective alternative for nonprofits that may not need day-to-day operational space. Many virtual services offer telephone answering services, mailboxes and shared equipment, in addition to office spaces and meeting rooms that can be rented by the hour, the day, the month, or year to year.
You might also consider making an arrangement with a building owner for free or discounted space. Tap board members, volunteers and donors to find owners who may want to boost occupancy. And be sure to visit the Southern California Association of NonProfit Housing (www.scanph.org) for shared or low-cost office space listings.