Assessment shows need for nonprofit centers

Posted: Friday, April 02, 2010

A July 2008 Demand Assessment by the McDowell group showed the need in Juneau for several nonprofit centers.

More than 80 percent of all Juneau nonprofits expressed an interest in becoming part of a nonprofit center. It also listed several potential benefits of locating in a multi-tenant nonprofit center, including:

• Increased financial stability of tenant organizations through affordable rents, space security and consistency in location; low-cost access to resources such as conference/meeting rooms, training facilities, communications infrastructure, and information resources; and reduced costs due to sharing services, bulk supplies and office equipment.

• Greater visibility in the community for the nonprofit, including increased government and donor awareness; more coverage by media; and incubation of, and support to, small unincorporated community organizations that provide needed services or especially innovative programs.

• Socioeconomic development of communities through economic impact of workers; improved security and safety of underutilized areas; and development or renovation of buildings to provide universal access.

* Information provided by United Way of Southeast Alaska.

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