OAKLAND — Oakland nonprofits fearing displacement because of rising rents have a working group of other nonprofits, funding organizations and city and county leaders in their corner.
The group’s formation coincided with the publishing of survey results showing that half of the Oakland nonprofits that responded anticipated having to make a decision about relocation in the next five years.
Of the 115 Oakland nonprofits that primarily serve low-income communities of color that responded to the survey by Northern California Grantmakers, 87 percent said the current real estate market affects their organization. Fourteen Oakland nonprofits expected having to leave the city.
“That report really highlighted what the scope of the problem was,” said Sarah Frankfurth, manager of collaborative philanthropy for Northern California Grantmakers. “It painted a much starker picture than what people had anticipated.”
The group — which consists of about 30 representatives — identifies and helps foster affordable office spaces for nonprofits, helps nonprofits navigate leasing affordable spaces, and provides and identifies funding for nonprofits facing displacement. Some nonprofits are trying to purchase buildings, others are banding together in multi-tenant centers, Frankfurth said.
“There’s not one solution; it’s a complicated issue that’s going to take a lot of different strategies to have an impact,” Frankfurth said.
The group has long-term goals of supporting city and county policies that will secure affordable space for nonprofits.
“We need to be able to create policy changes that are either removing barriers for nonprofits requiring space or creating space,” Frankfurth said. “That might be in the form of some kind of community benefit agreement.”
The group will be launching an online resource center for nonprofits in early 2018.
Another effort to help nonprofits avoid displacement is the Community Arts Stabilization Trust, or CAST, supported by Oakland’s Kenneth Rainin Foundation and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. CAST purchases properties occupied by Bay Area art nonprofits and holds them until the tenant can raise the money to purchase it back from the trust at cost.
The Luggage Store Gallery in San Francisco benefited from the trust when its landlords wanted to sell the building at Sixth and Market streets in the Tenderloin, said Shelley Trott, Kenneth Rainin Foundation arts strategy and ventures director. CAST purchased the space and another nearby for about $2.5 million, Trott said, and the gallery is working to purchase the building back in 2021 — for what CAST paid for it in 2013.
“The culture of a city is its soul,” Trott said. “The arts touch all of us, and bring us together and create that common ground. We see ourselves in art but we see everyone else.”
CAST has a program called Keeping Space Oakland, which provides mid-sized Oakland arts nonprofits technical and financial assistance to become “real estate ready,” Trott said. This year, CAST provided $90,000 in real estate training and consultation services to six organizations.
The Ubuntu Theater Project, which puts on theater festivals and plays throughout the Bay Area, received aid from Keeping Space Oakland. Ubuntu managing director Michael Moran said the program helped the group to identify potential permanent spaces, as well as gave it some money to turn a church loft space into a theater.
“(The program) has been pretty instrumental,” Moran said. “There is a sort of doggedness about trying to make an arts organization work. The truth is, we probably couldn’t do it without them and without community support in general.”
The Kenneth Rainin Foundation announced Tuesday that CAST received a $3 million, three-year grant. Though the money will be used throughout the Bay Area, Trott said, Oakland nonprofits will get priority. CAST organizers hope to acquire 100,000 square feet of space for arts groups by the end of 2018.
California Arts Council
Advancing California through the Arts and Creativity
November 16, 2017
We’re less than two weeks away from the start of California Arts Council’s grant season—our grant opening, if you will—and you’re all invited!
On December 5, eight of our grant programs will open for applications — with seven more to follow by the end of the month. Details and links to program offerings opening December 5 are below.
State arts funding saw a significant permanent increase this year. Greater investment equals greater opportunity to meet the demand for arts and cultural experiences across California. This grant season stands a good chance of beating the number of grants awarded for the 2016-17 fiscal year—already more than we’ve awarded in more than a decade!
The California Arts Council invests in California nonprofit organizations and units of government via competitive grant programs, administered through a multistep public process. Program details including availability, application deadlines, guidelines, and more can be found at http://www.arts.ca.gov/programs.
Mark your calendars! The countdown begins…
Does your organization want to make a difference through culture and creative expression? The California Arts Council can help — it’s grant season!
Sign up for our Informational Webinar
To kick off the grant season in style, we’ll be hosting an informational webinar on opening day, Tuesday, December 5, at 1 p.m. Program staff will provide an overview of the grant application process and highlight some changes and new additions to our grant offerings. Join us for tips for grant writing success and answers to your questions. Register now!
Discover all of the CAC’s grant opportunities at www.arts.ca.gov/programs. The following grant programs will begin accepting applications on 12/5/2017.
ARTISTS IN COMMUNITIES: Up to $18,000 for artist residencies in community settings.
ARTS EDUCATION – ARTISTS IN SCHOOLS: Up to $18,000 for collaborative arts education projects for students from infancy through Grade 12 taking place on school sites during the school day.
ARTS EDUCATION – EXTENSION: Up to $18,000 for arts education projects for students from infancy through Grade 12 taking place after school or during the summer, either on school sites or in community settings.
ARTS EDUCATION – EXPOSURE: Up to $18,000 for field trip and assembly support to expose students from infancy through Grade 12 to performances and exhibits.
ARTS EDUCATION – PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: $2,500 to support arts integration training for classroom teachers facilitated by teaching artists.
CULTURAL PATHWAYS: Up to $20,000 over two years to strengthen the capacity of small organizations rooted in communities of color, recent immigrant and refugee communities, and tribal or indigenous groups.
JUMP STARTS: Up to $50,000 for collaborative arts education projects for youth involved in the juvenile justice system.
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Up to $1,000 for access to professional development resources and networks to strengthen the business acumen of individuals employed by arts organizations.
Impact Investments Can Shape Equitable Neighborhoods
How could using impact investments in the creative economy shape more inclusive, equitable, and sustainable neighborhoods? Find out during a half-day discussion that coincides with the release of a new report, “Creative Places & Businesses: Catalyzing Growth in Communities.”
Laura Callanan, Upstart Co-Lab
Moy Eng, Community Arts Stabilization Trust
Samuel Farrazaino, Equinox Studios
Heather Hood, Enterprise Community Partners
Reed Mayfield, RSF Social Finance
Steven Oliver, Oliver & Company
Eric Rodenbeck, Kenneth Rainin Foundation
Richard Sciortino, Brinshore Development
Liz Sessler, ImpactUs
Drew Tulchin, Meow Wolf
“Creative Places & Businesses: Catalyzing Growth in Communities” is a new report supported in part by the Kenneth Rainin Foundation. It looks at investable opportunities in the creative economy that have the potential to both stabilize threatened communities and benefit regions looking to attract and develop quality jobs. Creative places and businesses are a critical yet under-recognized element of comprehensive community development.
The report highlights three key findings:
- Creative places and businesses are ready for impact investing. Demand for impact capital will be strong over the next five years throughout the US.
- Impact investors are seeking ways to deploy capital for creativity. Institutions that value the arts, storytelling and creativity are looking for opportunities to align their capital with their priorities.
- There are addressable barriers. The most immediate is that creative places and businesses must be recognized as a segment so that investors, intermediaries and project leaders can find one another and cooperate more easily.
Built in 1906, tower erected in 1923, the 89,251 sq.-ft. building was the tallest building in Oakland constructed in the 1920s.
Keeping Space – Oakland is CAST’s new pilot program dedicated to providing training and funding for Oakland arts and culture organizations seeking real estate assistance. Through direct financial grants, one-on-one technical assistance, and real estate readiness training, CAST’s goal is to provide safe, stable, and permanent real estate solutions for Oakland’s local arts organizations.
CAST launched the program in December 2016 with funding from the Kenneth Rainin Foundation and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. Keeping Space – Oakland is one strategy of many proposed by the Oakland Arts Workspace Group, a public-private partnership that includes the Kenneth Rainin Foundation, CAST, Northern California Community Loan Fund, and the City of Oakland. The group is focused on creating workspace stability to foster, support, and sustain the arts and cultural ecosystem in Oakland.
Real Estate Readiness Workshops
RSVP now for the FREE three-part Real Estate Readiness Workshop Series led by real estate expert consultants at the Northern California Community Loan Fund (NCCLF). These workshops help arts groups build their organizational and financial capacities to navigate the real estate market. We encourage both a senior staff person and board/advisory council member to attend the workshops. Register now for one workshop or all three. Limited space available.
East Bay Community Foundation
Dalziel Building, 353 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Plaza A Room
Oakland, CA 94612
Thursday, June 8, 2017
Plaza A Room
On with the Show: Turning your Financial Performance into a Masterpiece
This workshop is open to all Oakland arts and cultural groups, collectives, and organizations, whether or not you are seeking space or a real estate opportunity at this time. Come develop your financial acumen to grow your organization. We welcome all financial questions, including those for which you think you “should” already know the answers. There are no stupid questions in this workshop! Our goal is that you leave feeling empowered with the information and confidence necessary to return to your organization as a stronger financial ambassador.
- Build your “finance vocabulary”
- Learn how to create and monitor your budget
- Learn how to manage your cash flow
- Understand and use your financial statements for decision-making
- Get strategies to develop a long-term business model
Bring your most recent financial statements and budget projections:
- Most recent fiscal year income statement (profit and loss)
- Most recent fiscal year statement of position (balance sheet)
- Budget projections (if available)
If you do not have these, we will have sample materials for you to work with.
Thursday, July 13, 2017
Plaza A Room, 353 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza
Commercial Leasing Strategies: Getting to Yes
Looking to lease new space or renew your lease? Not sure how to approach the landlord? What’s in the fine print of my 15-page lease? In Oakland’s escalating real estate market, organizations are facing large rent increases. Yet, nonprofits are still finding ways to lease space in the communities they serve. NCCLF will share examples of nonprofits that have successfully negotiated leases that fit their budgets and location considerations. Participants in this workshop will learn key terminology in commercial leases, pitfalls to watch for, negotiation strategies with landlords, and current trends in the bay area commercial market.
Friday, May 5, 2017
Suite 359, Frank H. Ogawa Plaza
Real Estate Readiness: Overview
Come learn how to prepare your organization to embark on securing a facility for your program. Get answers to common questions around planning for your space. Are you ready to move? How much space? What can I afford?
Technical Assistance Awards Announced
Six Oakland arts and cultural organizations will receive assistance to secure long-term, affordable, safe space in Oakland. The technical assistance is through Keeping Space – Oakland, CAST’s pilot program to assist arts nonprofits that are vulnerable to space instability and displacement.
$90,000 in professional real estate training and consultation services will be awarded across six local organizations. CAST has hired the Northern California Community Loan Fund (NCCLF) to carry out the real estate trainings and the private consultations for the Keeping Space – Oakland awardees. Award recipients include:
Alena Museum, which translates to ‘ we are here’ in the African language Tigrinya, is an active work hub for arts and social enterprise, dedicated to advancing the cultural richness of African diaspora through aspiring entrepreneurs. Alena is dedicated to creating spaces that reflect our heritage, history, and stories.
Pro Arts is among the oldest and most significant institutions for contemporary art in Oakland. Pro Arts shows contemporary art in all its forms. Through our interdisciplinary approach to curating, which fosters collaboration and the cross–pollination of ideas, we champion new art practices and emerging forms of cultural production.
Project Bandaloop honors nature, community, and the human spirit through perspective-bending vertical dance that interweaves dynamic physicality, intricate choreography and climbing technology. The work re-imagines dance, activates public spaces, and inspires wonder in audiences around the world.
PLACE for Sustainable Living is a grassroots experiential learning center in Northwest Oakland that showcases and fosters sustainable living practices for the general public through art, community and ecology. Our events, workshops and outreach programs focus on urban homesteading, neighborhood community building, community resilience, social justice and artistic expression.
Qilombo strives to advance Afrikan and Indigenous cultural revitalization through arts and education programming. We believe in promoting Black and Indigenous arts and culture as a vital step toward healing and strengthening communities of color.
Ubuntu Theater Project creates exquisite theatrical experiences that inspire compassion. Ubuntu is a Zulu proverb that means “I am because we are” and “My humanity is tied to yours.” Ubuntu Theater Project’s work brings together divided social groups for transformative artistic experiences that reveal our shared humanity.
Funding is provided by the Kenneth Rainin Foundation and The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. Keeping Space – Oakland is made possible in collaboration with the Oakland Arts Workspace Group and in partnership with the City of Oakland and Northern California Community Loan Fund.
For more information, please contact Tyese Wortham, CAST Program Manager at 415-556-9888, ext. 103, or firstname.lastname@example.org.