Shared office space for Jewish nonprofits to open in N.Y.

NEW YORK (JTA) — The Jewish environmental group Hazon will open a shared space for Jewish nonprofits in New York City.

The space, called Makom Hadash, will offer subsidized rent as well as shared back-end services for the tenants of the 5,000-square-foot space in lower Manhattan. It is believed the space — located in the offices of the Forward — will open in the fall.

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 CEO Nigel Savage 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.”

JTA’s philanthropy blog first reported the move via Twitter last month from the conference of the Jewish Funders Network.

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