Are you looking for the nuts and bolts to
create your own mission-driven shared space?

Get comfy as we deliver great content via our first online course.  That’s right — all the resources, tools, collaboration and guest speakers live from your computer.

  • No traveling!
  • Flexibility to work at your own pace and option to train as a group
  • Easy-to-follow materials guide you through the whole process
  • Connect with other shared space partners

During this Boot Camp, our shared space experts will explain what’s worked, tricks of the shared space community and how you can put these very practices in motion at your center. This training provides you with a road map for creating your own thriving shared space.

Here's a little of what you'll learn...

You will get a sense of the breadth of the field of shared spaces and learn about models available across the US and Canada. Key takeaways include:

  • a definition of shared space,
  • what centers look like,
  • how they impact their tenants,
  • where the field is headed.

In the mission and vision segment, our experienced leaders will explain the importance of clarity of mission and vision to the planning process.

The real estate session will define what you need to know before speaking with a broker, and how to assemble a team of experts. NCN will also walk you through the many sources of capital funding, ranging from capital fundraising campaigns to taking on debt. In addition, we'll discuss unique components of the business model of shared space, like occupancy levels, load factors, resource allocation and how best to optimize space usage.

Once you’ve grasped the essentials of shared space, we’ll take a deep dive into how to maximize the revenues of operating a center with a mission driven business model. This session will help you understand the many ways shared spaces can make money, including event rentals, coworking, and other innovative ideas.

We will also discuss what makes a good partner, teach you to map your networks, and discuss a variety of tools you can use to catalyze collaboration in your center. We’ll discuss different ways that nonprofit centers have explained their model, and give you tips for refining your project pitch. You'll also get to hear first-hand from someone who has been there and done that with a case study from the Literacenter.


No Traveling, Watch at Your Own Pace, From Anywhere!



If you are working with a group, we recommend that you take up to six months to work through all of the course activities with your collaborative partners, do research on your local market, and set yourself up for success. You can take the course at your own pace. If you’re an individual working alone, you can do the course at a much faster pace.

NCN Members

$149 - Lifetime Access


$239 - Lifetime Access

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Here's How It Works

It's pretty simple! Just fill out our registration form and we'll guide you through the rest. You'll get immediate access to our Boot Camp webpage with all the info you need. You'll also be emailed a PDF booklet and a checklist to keep you on track.

You can access the modules from your desktop or smartphone and work at your own pace within your access time period.

Course Objectives

  • Expert understanding of what it takes to develop and operate a nonprofit shared space.

  • A detailed project road map

  • Access to support within the shared space community

  • Actionable tips to ignite connection and engagement at your shared space

What Will I Learn...

  • Nonprofit Leader: From vision to actual space, you will learn the steps towards partnership, shared vision, budgeting, raising funds, real estate and decision making with multiple entities.

  • Board Leader: Help your nonprofit by learning how to support each step along the way in a smart, creative, and financially responsible manner toward achieving a shared space.

  • Funder: Learn how to assess the needs of your community, what resources will be needed to provide for the organizations that serve them and ultimately make nonprofits more financially efficient in achieving that goal.

  • Government Employee: Discover creative solutions that assess and address the needs of your community and gather stakeholders and leaders to collaborate on a space for organizations to execute their missions effectively.

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Participants Greatest Take-Aways

“It was a wonderful overview and gave me a greater understanding of all the work involved in creating these dynamic, complex systems.”

Jen Hubbard Heartwood House

“Numerous, but I think the biggest would have to be the number of resources available to Nonprofit Centers; makes the role of newbies much simpler if you take the time to look at what is there. I suspect that applies to established centers too – as there is tendency to think we are unique and nobody has done what we are doing.”

Mike Powers Community Door
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