Research, Reports, & Articles

Below you will find various articles, research reports, or blog news items that are relevant to our work. If you are looking for a specific topic or resource please use the key word search tool at the top right corner of this page.

Nonprofits Rethinking Their Future Under Trump Administration, New Survey Reports

April 5, 2017 | In a survey of over 800 nonprofits conducted in March by the California Association of Nonprofits (CalNonprofits), “Government in Transition; Nonprofits in Transition,” the majority of respondents report significant changes in their organizations since the November 2016 election. When asked what specific changes they have made, 58% of respondents said they have discussed how their constituents may […]

Don’t Say That, Say This: New Research on Talking to Funders about Overhead

As part of the Nonprofit Overhead Project, CalNonprofits and Lake research tested messages about overhead with county government officials and with individual donors. The “Don’t Say That, Say This” study was presented on January 26, 2017 to members of CalNonprofits. The research covers: • Focus groups with mid-level donors (who make at least one donation of $200 […]

SHARED SPACE: Why is it more important than ever for nonprofits?

Let’s get real: Nonprofit displacement is a big part of today’s real estate crunch Nonprofits in cities like San Francisco, New York, Denver and Vancouver are being pushed out because of rent increases of up to 50%. At the same time multi-tenant nonprofit centers are emerging to address displacement concerns. Northern California Grantmakers, the San Francisco Foundation and […]

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 […]

Q4 2015 Commercial Real Estate Report | Marin & Sonoma County

According to the latest report from Newmark Cornish & Carey, 2015 continued to be a good year in commercial real estate. Rents firmed up in less than class A locations.  Southern Marin rents are now above pre-recession levels.  Bio Marin is expanding in downtown San Rafael, pushing out tenants at San Rafael Corporate center.  Rents […]

An Interactive Timeline of Reports and Resources on Aging in Marin

As part of our 2014-2015 Shared Space & Services Study MarinSpace has put together a timeline library of all of the various needs assessments and community studies …

Sharing Spaces & Costs – Cooperation allows room for growth

The Nonprofit Times December 2014 article by Patrick Sullivan about sharing space and costs is inspiring and practical….

Access to Capital is Important to Nonprofits Too

Gathering the widest diversity of funders ever assembled in Marin at one event: crowd-funders, VC investors, SBA lenders, microlenders, and new platforms to get you access to money now. ….

MarinSpace supports organizations involved in reducing food insecurity

Independent Journal writer Megan Hansen highlights the efforts of several organizations supported by MarinSpace services in a 3/22/15 article about the impact of food insecurity in Marin. Click on the link below to read more about the work of former tenant, LIFT- Levantate’, and Aging Action Initiative participants, SF-Marin Food Bank and Marin County Nutrition […]

Q4 2014 Marin Real Estate Report

Leasing activity in the fourth quarter was slow, Marin County Class B space was a hot commodity and Despite large blocks of high rent space becoming leased or owner-occupied, full service asking rental rates increased over the last 12 months.

Cornish & Carey Commercial Q2 2014 report

The 2nd quarter 2014 Commercial Real Estate report from Cornish and Carey Commercial/Newmark Knight Frank is available here: Cornish and Carey Commercial Market Q2 2014 Report

Property Tax Exemption for Nonprofits

An overview of the process to obtain Property Tax Exemption for Nonprofits that includes information for getting your Organizational Clearance Certificate from the Board of Equalization and then applying to the County for your Welfare Exemption Certificate. Click HERE for the full .pdf document.

Cornish & Carey Commercial Q4 2013 Report

The 4th quarter 2013 Commercial Real Estate report from Cornish and Carey Commercial/Newmark Knight Frank is available here:    CC Marin Office Q4 2013 .

Compensation and Benefits Survey

Compensation and Benefits Survey closes Friday February 14th, 2014

2013 North Bay Commercial Real Estate Review

Each year the North Bay Business Journal turns to leading commercial real estate professionals across the North Bay to share their data and insights on the state of the markets and the outlook for the year.

Where You Work Makes a Difference!

MarinSpace is dedicated to helping nonprofits improve the quality of their workspace and build collaborative infrastructure.  We are always on the lookout for affordable, shared workspaces to help you get out of your home office or coffee shop and into a productive, professional setting. Have Laptop, Will Travel… What we’ve found is that there’s a […]

Cornish & Carey Commercial Report Q3 2012

Marin and the North Bay real estate commercial markets are mostly unchanged from the previous quarter.

MarinSpace Board Members Serve on County Committee

We want to congratulate our two Board members, Richard Kalish and Klif Knoles, for being appointed to serve on the Marin County Regulatory Improvement Advisory Committee which will study how the development process can become more efficient. Click here to read the full Marin IJ article on the Marin County Regulatory Improvement Advisory Committee.  The […]

Cornish & Carey Commercial Q2 2012 Report

Here is last quarter’s local real estate report from one of MarinSpace’s Board members, Jerry Suyderhoud, Senior Vice President of Cornish & Carey Commercial NKF in San Rafael.

NFF Releases Results of 2012 State of the Sector Survey

The Nonprofit Finance Fund has released the results of its 2012 State of the Sector Survey reveling that while 2011 was a year of significant organizational and programmatic changes, many nonprofits are still facing fundamental challenges that threaten the stability of the sector and the well-being of the people they serve.

Q3 Northbay Office Space

Cornish & Carey’s 2011 Q3 Northbay Office Space Report was just released. Thanks to Jerry Suyderhoud, MarinSpace Board Member and Senior Vice President, we’ve got the info hot off the presses (see Jerry’s contact info below if you’d like more information about this report or Cornish & Carey’s brokerage services). Eventhough the report focuses on Class […]

Guest Blog Post – Social Enterprise & Civil Society

Here are some exerpst from a recent CVNL guest Blog Post on Social Enterprise and its impact on Civil Society . . .

Who Decides? Property Tax Exemptions in a Changing Environment

Can you imagine every municipal and county government in the country determining for themselves the public-benefit and nonprofit status of the tax-exempt entities within their jurisdictions?—Read this Nonprofit Quarterly article from Rick Cohen.

MarinSpace Featured on Google Maps for Nonprofits

A great example of a nonprofit that benefits from using Google’s Fusion Tables is MarinSpace, an organization dedicated to helping Marin County nonprofits improve the quality of their workspaces.

2011 Nonprofit Trends from May 2011 ED Roundtable

Nonprofit colleagues collectively created a landscape Trend Map that each could use to guide their Boards and staff in planning for the future. Since we all operate in the same external climate, why duplicate efforts. View the 2011 Nonprofit Trends map…

Northbay Commercial Office Space Report Q1 2011 – Cornish & Carey

Cornish and Carey Commercial reports on Northbay commercial real estate for the first quarter of 2011.

Nonprofit Trends – ED Roundtable May 5th 9am

Join your ED/CEO colleagues in collectively creating a landscape Trend Map that we can each use to guide our Boards and staff in planning for the future. Why duplicate efforts, we all operate in the same external climate. Let’s work together to produce something useful for ourselves and our colleagues.

Nonprofit Finance Fund 2011 Survey Results

The results of NFF’s nationwide Nonprofit State of the Sector Survey results are now live. Highlights from the 1,935 nonprofits responding to the survey are: 87% feel the recession isn’t over; 77% saw an increase in demand for services; 28% have 1 month or less of cash; and 55% added or expanded programs.

Nonprofits In Marin – Google Map

As part of our research for the 2009 Nonprofit Workspace Study we collected information on about 2000 tax exempt entities, fiscally sponsored programs, and regional offices of national organizations operating in Marin county. We are of developing a comprehensive a Google map showing all of our data.

Office Space Market Snapshot – Q4 2010 Cassidy Turley

Look here for Cassidy Turley’s 2010 year-end Commercial Office Market summary.

Northbay Commercial Office Space Report Q4 2010 – Cornish & Carey

Here’s Cornish & Carey’s North Bay Commercial real estate market report for year-end 2010.

2010 Workspace Study

MarinSpace is just about to launch its 2010 Workspace Study.

2009 Nonprofit Workspace Study Resources

Here is list of links to the materials we developed as part of our 2009 Nonprofit Workspace Study project. Click here for a copy of the PowerPoint presentation of our 2009 Nonprofit Workspace Study. Click here for a comprehensive list of nonprofit related resources

Study: Marin nonprofits can benefit by sharing space, lowering leases

Marin Independent Journal article about our 2009 Workspace Study Event

2009 Nonprofit Workspace Study Presentation – Dec 3, 2010

HELPING NONPROFITS LEVERAGE THEIR WORKSPACE IN TOUGH ECONOMIC TIMES When: December 3rd 8:30am – 11:30am Were: Marin Nonprofit Resource Center at 555 Northgate Dr. Join MarinSpace, its panel of real estate and nonprofit experts, and your colleagues to discuss the implications of the 2009 MarinSpace Nonprofit Workspace Study. The panel will share its knowledge of […]