CAST – Community Arts Stabilization Trust


Keeping Space – Oakland: Real Estate Readiness Workshops

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.

RSVP now for the 3-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
De Domenico Building, 200 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza
Oakland, CA 94612

Time: 9:30am-12:30pm

Friday, May 5, 2017
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?

Thursday, June 8, 2017
On with the Show: Turning your Financial Performance into a Masterpiece
Come develop your financial acumen to grow your organization. If you are an Executive Director, Financial Manager, Board member, or Program staff who wants to increase your financial management skills, this workshop is for you!

  • Build your “finance vocabulary”
  • How to create and monitor your budget
  • How to manage your cash flow
  • Understand and use your financial statements for decision-making
  • Strategies to develop a long-term business model

Thursday, July 13, 2017
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.





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