The Nonprofit Sustainability Initiative helps San Francisco’s nonprofits secure new, nonprofit-owned space and creates solutions for organizations seeking long-term leases. Under this initiative, Community Vision administers two programs — the Nonprofit Space Investment Fund and the Nonprofit Space Stabilization Program, which includes the new Community Cornerstone Program. The programs provide technical and financial assistance to support nonprofit sustainability amidst a changing and volatile real estate market.

Funded by the San Francisco Office of Economic and Workforce Development (OEWD), Community Vision administers the two programs in partnership with OEWD, the Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development, and the Arts Commission.

For questions about the Nonprofit Sustainability Initiative and the individual programs, please contact Saul Ettlin at settlin@communityvisionca.org 

Initiatives

Nonprofit Space Stabilization Program

Supporting nonprofits to find creative space solutions and mitigate real estate-related expenses.

Services Offered
Technical Assistance

Technical assistance available for organizations facing permanent displacement in the next 18 months, barriers to growth due to real estate constraints, or in the process of negotiating a lease with a nonprofit sponsor for commercial space located in a 100% affordable housing development.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. 

General Technical Assistance Applicants

Prior to applying, please read the Program Guidelines.

Community Cornerstones Technical Assistance Applicants

Prior to applying, please read the Program Guidelines.

All Technical Assistance Applicants

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Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. 

For questions, please contact Karen Sullivan at ksullivan@communityvisionca.org or call (415) 392-8215 x321.

Financial Assistance

General Financial Assistance

Financial assistance is available to support expenses associated with lease renewals and relocation. Organizations must have a fully executed letter of intent or lease with a term of 3 years or more in order to apply. To date, we’ve awarded $1.9 million in Financial Assistance grants to 39 organizations, preserving more than 195,000-square-feet of nonprofit occupied space.

Community Cornerstones Financial Assistance 

Financial assistance is available to nonprofits that are relocating or expanding commercial space within new, 100% affordable housing developments. Organizations must have a fully executed letter of intent or lease with a nonprofit sponsor in order to apply. The proposed property must be in predevelopment or under construction and lease terms must be 5 years, or more.

Applications are now closed. 

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General Financial Assistance Applicants

Prior to applying, please read the Program Guidelines.

Community Cornerstone Applicants

Prior to applying, please read the Program Guidelines.

Nonprofit Space Investment Fund

Supporting the acquisition of new, nonprofit-owned space.

The Nonprofit Space Investment Fund, a program of the Nonprofit Sustainability Initiative, provides critical financial support to assist nonprofits in becoming owners of their facilities, and to expand the total amount of nonprofit-owned commercial space in San Francisco. To-date $7.2 million has been awarded to support the acquisition of 108,000-square-feet of nonprofit owned commercial space in San Francisco.

Applications are now closed. 

Board Resolution NSIF Template

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Prior to applying, please read the Program Guidelines.

Additional Resources

Financial planning tools and application information are available at the links below.

Budget and Cash Flow Spreadsheet

Multi-Year Budget Spreadsheet

Sources and Uses
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