Howard County Nonprofit Center

Nonprofit Center at 9770 Patuxent Woods Drive in Columbia to open in March, 2017.


Progress Report: ACS is working with the Howard County Housing Commission in developing a nonprofit center located in central Columbia that will accommodate as many as 12 nonprofits. The goal is to improve access and coordination of services.


Statement of Purpose: Bringing services together to build stronger individuals, stronger families and a stronger community


A Nonprofit Center in Howard County would: :

  1. Improve service delivery - accessibility and coordination of services
  2. Elevate the capacity of Howard County human service organizations to meet the needs of the community
  3. Improve the operating efficiencies of nonprofit organizations and service providers

Feasibility Study Outcome

The results of the feasibility study indicated there is strong interest in a center that:

  • reduces barriers for low-income and foreign-born families
  • where organizations can operate more collaboratively and efficiently
  • promotes the health and wellness of all Howard County residents.

The results of the feasibility study conducted in early 2014 were shared with the community at the November General Meeting.. The survey, focus groups and interviews found that there is sufficient interest by Howard County human service organizations to move forward with planning a facility where space and services can be shared.

Tenancy Model: Space and Users
  • Anchor Space: 2+ organizations identified with direct service and administrative offices
  • Office Space: administrative space (offices and/or workstations), use of shared direct service space and conference rooms
  • Program Space: counseling rooms located near reception with flexible scheduling for part-time use
  • Common Space: shared conference rooms, meeting and event space, kitchen, copy/mail room, storage, hot-desks
Shared Services Identified
  • IT
  • Fundraising
  • Accounting
  • HR
  • Communications
  • Professional Development
  • Administration
  • Intake/referral


Next Steps

Planning is moving forward. Over the next several months we will

  • present subleases to potential tenants for review by their Boards of Directors
  • work with the landlord on build-out of the space
  • develop the governing bodies
  • create ways to measure the impact of the center
  • explore shared services for nonprofits
If you would like more information, please contact Joan Driessen at joan.driessen@acshoco.org.
Nonprofit Center Planning
Bringing services together to build stronger individuals, stronger families and a stronger community
This is the purpose proposed for a nonprofit center in Howard County. The results of the feasibility study indicated there is strong interest in a center that reduces barriers for low-income and foreign-born families,  where organizations can operate more collaboratively and efficiently, and which promotes the health and wellness of all Howard County residents.
Planning is moving forward. Over the next several months we will be collecting letters of intent, assessing the needs of those who would like to be part of the nonprofit center, and developing the business plan. ACS will be connecting with those organizations who expressed a high level of interest in being part of the center. If you would like more information, please contact Joan Driessen at joan.driessen@acshoco.org. Nonprofit Center Planning

Bringing services together to build stronger individuals, stronger families and a stronger community
This is the purpose proposed for a nonprofit center in Howard County. The results of the feasibility study indicated there is strong interest in a center that reduces barriers for low-income and foreign-born families,  where organizations can operate more collaboratively and efficiently, and which promotes the health and wellness of all Howard County residents.
Planning is moving forward. Over the next several months we will be collecting letters of intent, assessing the needs of those who would like to be part of the nonprofit center, and developing the business plan. ACS will be connecting with those organizations who expressed a high level of interest in being part of the center. If you would like more information, please contact Joan Driessen at joan.driessen@acshoco.org.

History

Visioning Session Summary: Nonprofit Center in Howard County

On Wednesday, January 15, 2014 over 70 representatives of Howard County nonprofits and county government, along with interested community members participated in a visioning session for the creation of a center where services can be provided in a collaborative environment and clients and organizations can reap the benefits of shared space. Learn about the creative insights shared by this group and the information  provided by consultants from the Nonprofit Centers Network.

ACS contracted with the Nonprofit Center Network to survey nonprofits and other service providers in Howard County to assess the feasibility of developing a nonprofit center in our community.

Support for this feasibility study was provided by Howard County Government and The Horizon Foundation.


The Nonprofit Centers Network, an organization with over a decade of experience in North America supporting the creation of nonprofit centers that improve collaboration, innovation, and effectiveness conducted this study.
Ms. Sarah Eisinger, Director of the Nonprofit Centers Network, was the lead consultant for this study.. 

Background via The Nonprofit Centers Network:
The power to change the world lies in the ability of people to come together, share ideas, and work to make their visions real. Too often, community organizations do not have the workspace or support services they need to meet their mission, grow their community, or build a larger movement. Volatile real estate markets and limited budgets make it difficult for nonprofits to maintain quality, affordable workspace and retain professional staff.

Across North America and around the globe, community, philanthropic, government, and private sector leaders have found an effective and creative way to solve these problems. By bringing together nonprofit organizations in the same facility, sometimes even with public or commercial partners, nonprofit centers provide stable, affordable workspace that fosters strategic collaborations and efficient operations and promotes healthy, vibrant communities.

Multi-tenant Nonprofit Centers are buildings that house multiple organizations and provide healthy, efficient, quality, mission-enhancing workspace. More than just offices, these facilities can become sustainable centers for strength for communities to dream together, work together, and grow together.











Benefits and Impact of Human Ser Centers
Co-location in nonprofit centers has proven to be an effective way of improving

  •     coordination and effectiveness of services
  •     collaboration among service providers
  •     staff morale and retention
  •     capacity and efficiency of tenant organizations
  •     quality and accessibility of space
  •     visibility in the community
  •     financial viability
  •     sense of community

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