JUST RELEASED: First Regional Nonprofit Displacement Report

How will nonprofits deliver direct services in our local communities if they can no longer afford the space to do it in?

Nonprofit displacement affects all kinds of services from food banks to social services to the arts. Many of us are wondering how nonprofits are coping with rising competition for commercial real estate. Northern California Grantmakers, The San Francisco Foundation and partners surveyed nearly 500 Bay Area nonprofits about this issue. The results are in and have been compiled in a First Regional Nonprofit Displacement Report.

The report provides data about what’s happening with nonprofit commercial space in the six counties of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Santa Clara, San Francisco, and San Mateo. The report shows that most respondents (82%) are concerned about sustaining their work in the face of rising office space costs in the region.

  • Steady increases in commercial real estate rental rates have pushed office prices to 122% above where they were five years ago
  • Bay Area markets are now the toughest in the nation
  • Nonprofits serving communities of color and low income communities show an especially high level of concern.
  • Nearly two out of every three nonprofits say they will have to make a decision about moving within the next five years.

The report is the first for the region as a whole and demonstrates the scope of the issue across Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo and Santa Clara counties. It covers the level of concern there is about displacement, the amount of anticipation there is for relocation, data on those who have already relocated, and possible solutions to nonprofit displacement.

To view the full report, click here.