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Makom Hadash, shared nonprofit office space, to open in Forward offices

As The Fundermentalist first told you via Twitter last month from the Jewish Funders Network Conference, Hazon will open Makom Hadash, a shared space for Jewish nonprofits, in lower Manhattan in the offices of The Forward.

Makom Hadash will offer subsidized rent as well as shared backend services for the tenants of the 5,000-square-foot space. 

The project is funded by the Lippman Kanfer Family Foundation, UJA-Federation of New York, The Natan Fund, the Schwarz Family Foundation/Jeffrey and Wendy Schwarz and others. In addition, according to Hazon, the Forward Association — which publishes the Forward and the Forverts — offered the space at a subsidized rent, as a way of supporting young Jewish organizations.

Hazon’s CEO, Nigel Savage, who first spoke with The Fundermentalist about the project in 2008, has been looking for a space and funding for the project for several years.

“The goals of Makom Hadash are to strengthen the capacity of innovative Jewish nonprofits, especially at the second stage of growth, to facilitate collaboration and creativity amongst both resident and non-resident organizations, and to reduce operating costs for individual participating nonprofits,” Savage said in a release announcing the deal officially Thursday morning. We’re tremendously excited about this project becoming a reality.”

Here is the release (And follow me on Twitter to hear about news like this first.):

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Hazon to Launch Shared Workspace for Second-Stage Jewish Nonprofits

New York, NY – May 5, 2010 – Hazon, the Jewish environmental organization, this week signed a lease for space at 125 Maiden Lane to create Makom Hadash, a multi-tenant nonprofit center that will provide a home to second-stage Jewish nonprofit organizations, enabling them to focus more on their missions, develop more sophisticated organizational infrastructure, and collaborate more effectively together.

“The goals of Makom Hadash are to strengthen the capacity of innovative Jewish nonprofits, especially at the second stage of growth, to facilitate collaboration and creativity amongst both resident and non-resident organizations, and to reduce operating costs for individual participating nonprofits,” said Nigel Savage, Hazon’s Executive Director. “We’re tremendously excited about this project becoming a reality.”

On hearing of Hazon’s search for a space, The Forward Association, which publishes the Forward, the Forverts and JewishDailyForward.com, offered the vacant space on their floor and agreed to lease it at a subsidized rent, as a way of supporting young Jewish organizations at this crucial stage of growth.

“There is growing recognition of the support needed for nonprofits throughout their lifecycle,” said Lisa Sacks, the director of Makom Hadash. “The creation of shared spaces for nonprofits has accelerated over the past few years throughout the country. It’s gratifying to be establishing this sorely needed model for second-stage Jewish organizations.” 

Through the generous support of Lippman Kanfer Family Foundation, UJA-Federation of New York, The Natan Fund, the Schwarz Family Foundation/Jeffrey and Wendy Schwarz and other donors, Makom Hadash will offer high quality space and organizational capacity-building at affordable prices to Jewish nonprofit organizations headquartered in New York City.

Marcella Kanfer Rolnick, the President and Chair of Lippman Kanfer Family Foundation, said “The opportunity to support and help create organizational development and knowledge sharing amongst innovative Jewish nonprofits – especially those that are at a point where there is great demand for their programming and a desire to go to scale – compelled us to become involved in this project. It’s a much-needed addition to the Jewish innovation ecosystem.”

The space is located in 5,000 square feet at 125 Maiden Lane, a commercial co-operative building in Lower Manhattan with easy access to public transportation. Monthly resident

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Payments will cover utilities, cleaning, phone system, data network and maintenance; access to meeting rooms and conference facilities; access to copier, fax and postage machines; staff training, management coaching, and organizational development services; drop-in work spaces for interns and volunteers; and access to the building gym, rooftop garden and secure indoor bicycle parking.

The space requires minor renovations and will be available for full occupancy in September. More information can be found at www.makomhadash.org. A full-time coordinator is being hired to manage all aspects of Makom Hadash’s operations, and details on that position are also at www.makomhadash.org.

For more information contact:

Nigel Savage at (212) 644-2332 ext 305, nigel@hazon.org

Lisa Sacks at (917) 747-8527, lisa@hazon.org

www.hazon.org

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