History

MARINSPACE, founded in 1988 as Community Services Center of Marin, was established through the hard work of nonprofit leaders joining together to develop a more sustainable solution to their workspace needs. In 1998 the organization purchased and began developing and operating a Nonprofit Center at 70 Skyview Terrace in Terra Linda. Throughout the years the organization has continued to successfully and cost effectively provide stable, affordable, mission enhancing space to many Marin nonprofits at this location.

In 2004 the organization was renamed MARINSPACE and started to transition from an all volunteer, board-run organization into a professionally staffed multi-faceted nonprofit enterprise. We hired a staff, established an administrative office, engaged in long-range business planning, expanded the board, and starting developing new services.

Building on the success of Skyview Terrace Nonprofit Center, MARINSPACE entered into a partnership with the Marin Community Foundation (MCF), to develop two other nonprofit centers in Marin. We helped design and build the Marin Justice Center at 30 North San Pedro and the Marin Nonprofit Resource Center at 555 Northgate Drive. Through our work with MCF, we realized that the foundation preferred to operate its buildings under a traditional commercial real estate model. Therefore, in 2006 MARINSPACE refocused efforts elsewhere and MCF re-assumed management of the buildings.

In 2006 we added real estate consulting to our services as another way to support other nonprofits in finding stable, affordable, workspace in Marin.

In 2009 we started to build and maintain a research database on all the nonprofits operating within Marin County. The effort was started to help local nonprofits access local expertise and information, and connect with each other.

In 2011 we added collaboration consulting to our services in order to help local organizations understand collective impact and provide them the infrastructure to work to work together and scale their impact.

For nearly three decades MARINSPACE has been using collective effort as the foundation to strengthen the capacity and effectiveness of our community organizations. Our experience, capacity, and network of relationships has allowed us to expand our service offerings to meet the collaboration and workspace needs of organizations that are committed to creating positive social impact.